Ingredient Tree is a delicatessen and cafe rolled into one spruce little European package. Shelves of niche foodie products, a selection of raw meats and cheeses and pretty wholefood cookies and cakes decorating the kitchen marble counter. It’s all very country Europe.
Dining in? Coffee, cake and brunch where the rule of thumb is quality produce, prepared simply. Take the German style breakfast for example–a wood board bearing ham off the bone, fresh cucumber and tomato, house baked bread and select cheese.
I went for a side plate of roast vegetable and quinoa salad ($6). It was the perfect size for someone who’s not all that hungry. We also liked the sound of the 'Polpette a la Zia Theresa di Bivongi' – meatballs in a rich tomato sugo with sourdough. My other companion took fancy to one of the cheese, sundried tomato and ham paninis in the front display ($12).
|Roast veg quinoa salad side $6|
Ingredient Tree is a local place for an understated, yet pleasing brunch. The quality is obvious but its not a destination brunch spot like Sayers or Cantina is. I enjoyed the food but there’s no real pull factor like an ocean view or finger licking, ingenious food to make me rush back. Coffee rates a mention as do the look of the pretty cupcakes. Just be weary of parking - scarcer than the presence of preservatives in the menu.
Food: 4/5 (ingredients are the key, but not blow-your-mind cuisine)
Ambience: 4.5/5 (nice little bustle, love the cool light fittings and furnishings, heaps of unknown foodie products to browse)
Service: 4/5 (friendly, waited a little long for meals though)