This quiet book cafe on the corner of Scarborough Beach Road and Oxford Street appeals to me as weekend brunch destination as it’s never as bustling as many of the trendy breakfast spots around town. There’s no queuing, no table cramming, and no cacophonous noises bouncing around the walls. As a shop selling homewares, gifts and books, the Bodhi Tree Cafe is an oasis where you can relax and read or chat, knowing the people at the next table won’t be able to hear every breath you take. My friend AJ and I met for brunch on Saturday morning and whiled away a pleasant few hours of chatting, eating and browsing.
The rosti caught my attention with its topping of chopped tomato, crumbled feta and fresh herbs, and it proved a good choice, though it wasn’t rosti in the traditional sense. It was more a pancake with potato and corn, but that’s just me being pedantic about rosti again. The crumbled feta and fresh herbs added some zing to this dish, and it was light enough to leave room for a little something else later on.
A pleasant spot for breakfast or light lunch, the Bodhi Tree Cafe is not what you’d classify as trendy, hip or funky, but the service is quick and friendly, and the Portugese egg tarts are worth the trip.