A few weeks ago I had a great meal at the newly opened Mammoth Cafe in Armadale.
Cass from Hungrycookie.net arranged a blogger meetup (we’ve dubbed it #cookiemeetup) and I remembered my chef friend Alli telling me about Mammoth’s unique menu, so we decided to meet there.
Jamie, the owner, was quite accommodating considering I don’t think they usually take bookings – it’s the sort of place you’ll have to line up for. Even though our number of guests kept changing they didn’t get frustrated with us. We started off with some drinks – the iced coffees were massive and just what we needed on a warm day.
In true blogger fashion, we tried to order mostly different dishes to get a feel of the menu. Despite the tempting and popular lobster burger, I decided to go for the char spanner egg crepe with water chestnut salad and lemon sorbet.
If you saw my recent Canberra post, the sweet and savoury thing can be a hit and miss for me. However the crepe was so light as well as the sorbet that this dish seems to have found the right balance. Loved the crispy noodle-like web on top of it too!
It was on the small side, but after having a taste here and there of other dishes, I was pretty content.
I won’t comment on all the dishes but some memorable moments include the jalapeno popper in the North Shore dish below and the bacon popcorn. The bacon seasoning and bits of bacon just worked so well as they are both salty. If they served this at the movies, I would be down for a large box!
However, a lot of us did take a bite out of the one burger anyway! Interesting but not the standout from the day.
On the other hand, we did order multiple Golden Gaytime Panna Cottas to share.
If you just eat the edges, the taste is a little underwhelming, so you really need to get to the middle and scoop all the layers to get the true Gaytime taste.
It grew on me with each spoonful and by the end, I decided it was worth it.
If it wasn’t so far for me, (in peak traffic it can take 45-60 minutes), I wouldn’t mind dropping by again to try more of the menu. Cafes that have unique dishes always appeal to me as they are at least trying to do something different.
For the serving sizes, some dishes can feel a bit expensive so it wouldn’t be somewhere I would constantly go back to even if I were a local. Give it a try once – your verdict could easily depend on what dish you choose, as they are all quite different.
Also a shoutout to all the bloggers I met that day and for Jamie for looking after us and checking the lighting was OK for our photos 😉