Danks Street Depot was one of the first cafe’s to open it’s doors in the now buzzing gastronomic neighbourhood of Waterloo. Just on Danks Street alone you will find the likes of The French House as well as Cafe Sopra. To succeed alongside such stiff competition, Danks Street Depot needs to be on top of its game, which seemed to be the case as we walked in to find the place packed to the brim.
Grabbing one of the very last tables – which happened to be right next to the freezing doorway – I couldn’t help but admire the cafe’s bold modern interior. There is just something about high open ceilings, hardwood timber and bright splashes of colour that I just love!
Once seated we were promptly given the menu to peruse. Unfortunately this is where the prompt service ended. After choosing the dishes shown below, we waited, and waited, and waited some more for our orders to be taken.
Finally a waitress turned up and took our orders. As we waited, chatting about the slow service, I observed the personality (or lack there of) of some of their service staff. The majority of whom seemed to be too hurried and no where near as friendly as they should have been. Especially when the cafe is charging such a premium for their meals.
Creamed Eggs with Truffle Oil ($19.50)
2 eggs cooked with cream and butter, served soft with chopped chives, truffle oil, roasted field mushrooms, herbed tomato and sourdough toast.
I know it’s just eggs on toast, however, I found this dish to be really delicious! The eggs were beautifully creamy and the hint of truffle oil really lifted the flavours. Having said that, I do believe that charging $19.50 for eggs on toast is a little on the expensive side.
Toasted Reuben Sandwich ($18.00)
Corned Wagyu beef braised in balsamic, sugar and spices and served on toasted rustic loaf with Heidi Farm’s tilsit cheese and sauerkraut.
Now this dish really surprised my partner and I. On paper it sounded great, but upon tasting, it lacked flavour, visual appeal, and could be compared to most ham and cheese toasts you find at your local takeaway shop! Big let down for us.
Hand cut chips ($8.50)
Now keep in mind that this is a lunch menu at a cafe (albiet an upmarket one) but who in their right mind charges $8.50 for a bowl of chips? Unless of course, if they are extraordinarily delicious! These weren’t. They came out soft, soggy and under seasoned. Another let down.
As we walked out of Danks Street Depot, I couldn’t shrug off the feeling of disappointment. I guess I had very high expectations for this cafe, but unfortunately it didn’t live up to it. Oh well, time for desert at The French House just across the road :)