MaCarthur Street Larder
5/5 Dayni Rating
When a girls day out results in the finding of a new Ballarat dessert hot spot… well, it makes Dayna a very happy girl! Macarthur Street Larder has been on my radar for quite some time in fact, due to it’s gorgeous Moroccan style tiled coffee counter that caught my eye on Instagram, which lead me to screenshot the feed, said screenshot (along with a couple of others) ended up in my ‘which cafe do you want to try today?’ message to my little sister, and then that same Moroccan style tiled coffee counter caught her eye, and now here we are.
When you arrive at Macarthur Street Larder, on the corner of Doveton Street and you guessed it, Macarthur Street, you’ll find yourself standing before a very tastefully renovated period home, painted a modern white with a classy facade, original textured and coloured glass windows, and a pretty little ‘The Larder’ mosaic facing out into the intersection (a small glimpse of the epic coffee counter to come!). Walk through the painted blue/grey door nestled under the veranda, actively ignore all the gorgeous cookbooks and amazing local produce lining the walls, you can check all that out late, and turn to your right… VOILA! The Moroccan style tiled coffee counter! The Larders retro coffee machine takes pride and place atop it, house baked cakes sit proudly beneath their coloured cloches and if you can peel your eyes away from the tile work for just a moment, there are also tiny little dinosaur figurines hanging out on the mirror. LOVE IT!
The food, it can be summed up in just one quote, “No to margarine, yes to butter, no to canola oil, yes to grapeseed, no to bleached sugar, yes to raw! and the list goes on. Eat real food and you'll feel real too!” And boy does their food taste ‘real’! Oodles of credit to Cindy Stockdale for the multi-textured, fruity, sweet, tart and all round wholesome recipe creations on The Larders menu, and Coco for the jaw-dropping execution! When I ordered the menu item listed as simply ‘Raspberry’, I was blown away with what was bought out to me. Two slices of Raspberry & Chia bread, stacked with fresh banana slices in between, drizzled with blackberry coulis, sprinkled with pistachio dukkah and sweet strawberries, then topped with vanilla yoghurt, and… the single BEST strawberry flavoured fairy floss I’ve EVER eaten, it actually tasted like real strawberries! #winning
Plus, according to mum (because I don’t drink coffee), their coffee was on point, a combination of the Melbournian coffee beans, that kick-ass coffee machine and the super talented staff no doubt! So get around it! Because I am loving everything about this gem of a Ballarat café, the food, the decor, the motto, and I found an adorable chicken book on the shelf on my way out, so if I wasn’t already in love with the joint…
Obviously the Raspberry Chia Bread. A showstopping dish that’s more than Instagram worthy and tastes even better than it looks.
The ‘Crumble’. Today, on a drizzly Winters day, this plate reeeally hit the spot. Warm apple and rhubarb crumble topped with a raspberry compote and a pistachio and almond crumble, plus a generous blob of vanilla labne and scattered pomegranate seeds. Seriously, need I say more?
Literally any of the cakes on the counter! They’re house-made, which is ALWAYS a massive thumbs up in my book, and they had me drooling! 🤤.