Cafe Relish is one of our favourite haunts - good food, good service, decent prices, good surroundings, and not silver service!
Located at 193c Scarborough Beach Road, in Doubleview, Relish is a small cafe/restaurant, with a garden-style patio area at the rear, in addition to the main room in front. They also have 2-3 alfresco tables in front of the premises. Inside the main room the decor is spare, with simple furniture. On the walls, however, there are artworks by local artists, all of which are for sale, and a poster wall for coming events and concerts. This, with the bright colours of the walls, creates a very upbeat atmosphere. Relish is open Monday-Thursday from 4PM to 10PM, and Friday-Sunday from 9AM to 10PM. You can also visit them at http://www.caferelish.com.au. It can get crowded at peak times, and booking is recommended for those periods.
When we visited on Friday, they had a special for Salmon Fish Cakes on a Greek Style Salad ($21), which I ordered. Leece decided on the Beef Fillet on Garlic Mash with Vegetables ($25). Typical mains will set you back about $19. Expect to spend about $30/head with drinks.
As always the staff were prompt and friendly, and willing to take 'odd' orders - like Leece's favourite drink - Chinotto with espresso on ice.
The Fish Cakes were thouroughly enjoyable, with strong whole-grain mustard seasoning, and a hint of fresh tarragon. Leece's fillet was ordered as medium rare, and they are not scared to mean 'rare' when they say it! She enjoyed the result very much.
The acompaniments were also excellent, with my salad being lightly dressed, and well supplied with roasted capsicum, olives and feta. Leece's vegies were still crisp, and lightly dressed with honey. Her mash was very light and fluffy. The presentation was, as always, excellent - but not so complicated that you feel unsure how to start!
Other dishs well worth trying is their Turkish & Tapas platter ($14.50), which is as good starter for two, and their Sausage, Mash & Peas ($15.90) with a rosemary and onion jus - and they do mean one sausage! It's about a foot and a half long, and home made! Yum! For breakfast (or brunch), the Kickstarter ($13), with bacon, sausage, potato, mushrooms, spinach, tomato, toast, and a touch of chilli, is a great way to start a day - especially after a late night!
Overall, they are an extremely good visit, and even when busy the service is reasonably fast, always friendly, and unintrusive. 10/10(!) and we cannot fault them for what they are! A fine dark chocolate on the Sid and Nancy scale. Amazing for a cafe that fronts onto one of the busiest section of Scarborough Beach Road!