WHO SAYS CANDY ROTS YOUR TEETH?
THE NAME MAY IMPLY FRIVOLITY, BUT GOOD EATING IS A SERIOUS BUSINESS AT THIS CITY LUNCH SPOT
If you ever want proof you don’t need a huge repertoire to run a successful eatery, here it is. We arrive at Candy for lunch and realise there is, in our opinion, quite a limited choice.
This comes down mainly to the fact neither of us wants eggs and much of the menu revolves around all-day breakfast.
For lunch our options are salads, burger, southern fried chicken or sandwich.
We decide on one salad and one sandwich, which we will split between us.
A chai latte and mango smoothie arrive first, both generous in size and of good quality.
The grain salad, consisting of quinoa, black rice, kale, prosciutto, grilled haloumi, beetroot, ricotta, tomatoes, sumac and lemon poppy dressing looks impressive.
Then again, so does the open lamb sandwich, of toasted sourdough, shredded slow-cooked lamb shoulder, rocket, tomato, tzatziki, cucumber ribbons, pickled onion, fetta and balsamic reduction.
Personally, I prefer the salad, but both are sizeable, adorned with a notable array of fresh ingredients and here’s the thing, they visually make you want to eat them.
Even if the idea of a “grain salad” doesn’t pique your interest (it did for me) I reckon you’d want to devour it once you saw it.
Something you never thought you would hear anyone say, this kale is delicious.
It truly is. Lightly fried it is crisp and works wonderfully with the creamy haloumi, sweet beetroot, tangy lemony-ness of the sumac and the dressing.
The sandwich is piled high with that long list of salad ingredients and condiments, but there is a portion of lean roast lamb underneath to satisfy a beast of hunger.
It’s a healthy lunch that manages to feel pleasingly indulgent.
A kids menu has two offerings – bacon and eggs or ham and cheese toastie, both $8.
As stated, the mantra for success here seems to be, keep it simple and do it well.
Candy made its mark on the coffee scene long ago and has added a short list of beer, cider and wine to its menu at reasonable prices.
Quaint and quirky decor adds to the charm, along with a bizarrely eclectic song list for background music. But that’s something that appeals, apart from good food and quick service, it’s a place for everyone. From mums with rowdy offspring, to glam and gorgeous young things and grey nomads spreading maps over tables, there’s no real scene. Now that’s very cool.