Review: My Sister Says

My Sister Says
118 Bridge Street, Port Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC

My Sister Says is a cute little cafe off Bay Street in South Melbourne. It can only hold 8 or 10 people, if at least three of them are willing to squish themselves in between the table and the kitchen bench. There are another four tables outside, each sitting 3 or 4 customers; this is not the place to take a large group for a sit down meal.

I had a pleasant Friday lunch with three coworkers this week. We managed to grab a table outside and sat quite comfortably despite the uneven asphalt outside the cafe. Service was prompt – we were immediately directed to a table, provided with menus and offered coffees. Our waitress was ready to take our orders when coffee arrived and very good natured when we weren’t ready to order.
Despite the small kitchen, the menu boasts a variety of meals from porridge and dukkah eggs to cauliflower salad and  slow roasted lamb. They had additional sandwiches and a frittata in their display window alongside a selection of cakes. The menu was able to please a picky range of eaters from dairy-free (me) to vegetarian to difficult intolerances (no eggs, no cow’s lactose & no gluten) to being satisfying for a boy (tall with hollow legs!).

Menemen Baked Eggs with tomato sugo, chorizo and haloumi topped with rocket, fresh herbs, sumac and sourdough dipping toast.

I ordered the Menemen Baked Eggs which came out looking beautiful presented on a paddle (of course) with a side of sourdough. The tomato sauce was sweet with a slightly spicy aftertaste and the eggs were full of flavour. I would have preferred more chorizo but I’m firmly of the opinion that there is never enough chorizo and can’t really blame them for that.

I don’t have much of a sweet tooth myself, but the dessert offerings were popular amongst my friends who ordered a flourless chocolate brownie and a vegan no-bake cheese cake (I could be wrong about exactly what this was but she can’t have any dairy at all and this cake made her very happy).

Our waitress was lovely – she, like all sane food fans, agreed that Nigella is a goddess – and the guy behind the counter was very good natured when we made bad jokes and amused ourselves.

Service was prompt and we managed to order, eat and get back to the office in under an hour.

Food rating: 4 out of 5
Service rating: 5 out of 5
Location: 4 out of 5


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