It's hard to decide what to eat in Glebe - the area along Glebe Point road is full of delicious eateries. In fact, it's somehow like Paddington - but for hippies. This road strip is a melting pot of many cultures and races. One can see a seemingly endless myriad of people types - dreadlocked hippie girls, leather fetishists, even Asians in Louboutins. It's really an oasis in suburbia, lined with charmingly un-renovated old townhouses and fabulously dinghy second-hand shops.
This quirky cafe, Badde Manors, is arguably the most popular watering hole for many locals and visitors alike. It's probably the most un-pretentious cafe in the world. Guests seat themselves just like they do at their own homes, waitresses don't look like waitresses - they look like your best friends, and from the big espresso machine, it looks like an Italian cafe - until you see a middle-aged Chinese kitchen staff carrying sourdoughs he just baked while mumbling stuff in Cantonese.
Entering the charming cafe, the atmosphere of 60's cafe is unmistakable. I was very delighted to see this, because I hadn't been born in the 60's and I've been wanting to see one for ages. Mismatched furnitures, unfinished woods, old photographs on the wall - the works. The menu is very eclectic. They've got Italian, German, Hungarian, Portuguese, whatever pleases your appetite. And oh, it's a Vegetarian restaurant, so for us carnivores, it's a very pleasant change. They also have vegan and non-gluten options.
...with Portobello mushroom, spinach, and ricotta.
-> It's so delightful. I love the meaty mushrooms, and the portion is so generous, it's even too much for me. The salad is dressed in what seemed to be light balsamic vinaigrette and olive oil. All in all, it's a big, hearty, sumptuous meal.
What I learned from this visit:
If I ever decide to observe Lenten fast and abstain from meat, I know where to go. LOL