Do you like potatoes?
I love them.
My recommendation for Mad Spuds Cafe is not to get distracted by seemingly “interesting” dishes on the menu e.g. Vegan Brekkie Stack.
Stick to the specialty that’s proclaimed in the name.
More specifically, go for the Potato Nachos.
Potato Nachos consist of potato skins that are dusted in a sprinkling of flavoursome paprika powder, served with some minced beef, guacamole and sour cream.
The potato skins are crisp and tasty.
The minced beef veers slightly on the too sweet side.
The guacamole is fine, though I wish there was more of it.
All in all, worth checking out if you’re in the mood for a potato fix.
Mad Pizza hits the nails on the head if you like thin, crisp bases that allow the pizza toppings to sing.
Their pastas and salads are fine to eat but I wouldn’t really bother.
Head for the pizzas, particularly the “roast pumpkin, crumbled feta, chilli, mint leaves, red onion & pine nuts” one that is De Mario.
It was love at first bite.
The flavours of De Mario are amazing and the aforementioned base is perfection.
To date, I’ve frequented Mad Pizza branches at Darlinghurst, Surry Hills and Newtown and can attest to consistently good pizza experiences.
However, they did recently tweak their menu and incidentally managed to remove the two items that I had been curious about (a potato pizza and a squid ink pasta dish).
Back to the pizzas – I’ve probably tried around a third of what Mad Pizza offers.
It’s probably a matter of preference as to what topping combinations speak to you so you can’t really go wrong.
Personally, I’m pretty set with De Mario and don’t think I’ll be dallying much more with the other menu items.
“Yoghurt and mango gelato with dragonfruit puree”.
I don’t swing to the fruity side very often when it comes to ice cream but as a fan of Game of Thrones (both the books and the TV series), the name of this flavour did pique my interest.
Plus, mango is one of my favourite fruits, I enjoy yoghurt on an almost daily basis and I have nothing against dragonfruit (its colouring is gorgeous but the flesh doesn’t impart much in the way of taste).
So, how did the Mother of Dragons fare with me?
The scoop was nice and firm i.e. more solid than I’m accustomed to with Gelato Messina.
The mango flavour was pronounced.
A more sour note for the yoghurt component would have been good.
Aside from the seeds, I’m not sure about how much dragronfruit I could detect in the purée.
Rather, it was jam-like and slightly tart which worked well with the sweetness of the mango.
Overall, ’twas a lukewarm venture for my taste buds.
“Peanut butter gelato with choc coated praline”.
The peanut butter flavour was slightly more pronounced than in
Smashed Crab. There was a high crunch factor as the praline consisted of caramelised nuts.
I enjoyed the praline, though I would have preferred a higher nut to sugar ratio.
Speaking of sugar, the sweetness of the gelato could use a bit of toning down.
In fact, I would say a tiny addition of salt would complement all aspects i.e. peanut butter, chocolate, caramel and nuts.
Overall verdict? More than edible but it didn’t blow my socks off.
A self-professed Gelato Messina fiend, I tend to take a moment to check out their blackboard of special flavours whenever I walk past.
Smashed Crab’s promise of “peanut butter gelato with all sorts of random baked, caramelised and fudged bits and pieces” seemed right up my alley.
It delivered well on the chunks aspect with a good variety of the aforementioned bits and pieces.
The randomness made it difficult to identify what I was sinking my teeth into, though I’d wager that brownie pieces were involved to a degree.
The peanut butter flavour was subtle, which is not necessarily a bad thing.
What I do consider a downside of Smashed Crab was that the ice cream was too sweet (possibly part of the reason the peanut butter front seemed diminished?).