Ponycat… hmm, what is a Ponycat exactly? It may not be the mythical horse-feline creature you’re picturing, but I can confirm it is a funky little cafe in Newfarm with great coffee and brekky. We headed to Ponycat after reading about it in the Good Guide, a fab local guidebook. Ponycat is decorated with graffiti with a casual atmosphere and a chalkboard menu on its wall. It has inside and outside seating and is located on busy Brunswick Street, around the corner from another great find – Chouquette French Patisserie. Mmm, pastries… sorry, back to Ponycat.
We ordered a couple of Lattes ($3.50 each) and a Chai ($4). The coffee was well made and tasted great. My friend was a bit dubious about the Chai as it came in a plunger with milk, with cinnamon sugar in the cup. Despite this, and it looking rather milky, she did enjoy it.
For brekky my friend ordered a Bircher Style Muesli with strawberry compote, grated apple and toasted almonds ($9). She said that the muesli was fresh, house made with greek style natural yoghurt. The fresh apple combined well with the toasted almonds, and poaching the strawberries took away their tartness and complemented the other flavours well. My sis ordered the Roasted Roma Tomatoes with onion rye, topped with marinated feta and balsamic glaze ($13), along with a side of scrambled eggs. She said the onion rye was delicious and malty and the other flavours combined well. I ordered the Sweet Potato and Corn Pancakes on a bed of spinach served with honey baked ham and eggplant kasundi ($16). The sweet tart kasundi pickle was the perfect accompaniment to the salty leg ham and pancakes. The baby spinach seemed to have a light viniagrette on it which was also lovely.
The service was warm and friendly, our coffee was good and the food was also good. Ponycat is a great little place, and if I get the chance I’ll definitely be heading back. Sorry – no loo review this time!
Side note – we also visited Chouqette (French Patisserie) on our way to the car and bought a Baguette and some pastries. Yum – highly recommend it as an indulgent breakfast or tea time stop. I saw a lady dipping her pan au chocolate in her cappuccino and was very jealous…. plus French staff make it feel like a little slice of Paris. Sigh.
Chouqette, 19 Barker Street, Newfarm (07) 3358 6336