Mille cafe has had its fair share of detractors, but I’ve been several times over the years and haven’t had a negative experience. Mille has been around for years, and in its heyday was popular and always packed. When several friends suggested a last-minute brunch date there as they wanted to use an Entertainment Book voucher about to expire, I was happy to oblige. I’ve never breakfasted at Mille, so I was curious to see how it stacked up against the trendy competition further along Beaufort St.
With a short menu featuring several appealing options, the prices seemed a few dollars cheaper than many similar establishments. Four of us had eyes only for the buttermilk pancakes with berry compote, vanilla mascarpone and maple syrup for $14.50, while the lone ranger in our group would not be swayed by peer pressure and ordered the classic eggs Benedict at $16.50.
The lone ranger enjoyed her perfectly cooked eggs with ham and a good Hollandaise sauce. She lives a few streets away, has breakfasted at Mille many times and has always been happy with her dining experiences.
As for our buttermilk pancakes – I can honestly say that they were the best pancakes I have eaten for a long, long time. Two light and fluffy pancake rounds topped with a fruity berry compote, a generous dollop of vanilla mascarpone and drizzled with maple syrup – they were simply delicious. So many places serve up a pancake high rise where there is NEVER enough syrup or topping, where you eat around the edges and you end up with a stack of drizabone pancakes left in the centre. These featured beautifully textured pancakes with the perfect ratio of topping to pancake. All four of us concurred, and left not a smidgeon of food on our plates.
I had two long macs during my breakfast which were robust and perfectly made, but I forgot to ask about the beans or to take a photo. All I can say is that all five of us relished our early morning feast with coffees.
I guess Mille Cafe is a bit of a dinosaur in some ways as it hasn’t changed its decor over the years, or tried to do anything special to attract the hipster crowd. It must be doing something right though, as it’s often full when I drive past on weekend nights. This large, sprawling cafe has space galore for prams, ample free parking, is child and family friendly and has a voucher in the Entertainment Book. Worth a visit if you love pancakes……and who doesn’t?