I've been wanting to go to Flora and Fauna in Northbridge for ages after seeing many amazing pictures on Instagram. Being a slight skeptic, I was worried that my visit would disappoint my expectations of the tiny cafe, all these photos that popped up on my dashboard looked utterly photogenic, making me question in my head: will it taste as good as it looks?
From previous reviews I knew Flora and Fauna was a small cafe, but I didn't expect it to be that tiny. The kitchen itself takes up three-quarters of indoor space, leaving the other quarter and the outside for seating. It's amazing really, how they function smoothly within limited space. For drinks I had a soy matcha latte, which was pleasant. It had that slight but distinct hint of spice that so many other places seem to be adding to the matcha. It was more on the weaker side, which was probably due to the matcha sinking to the bottom. The chai latte was also quite weak, the honey that was used as the sweetener slightly overpowered the spice.
|Magic mushroom bagel: $19.00|
|Banana bread: $15.00|
The banana bread is truly for those who love fruit. Patrons have an option of either: coconut jam, peanut butter or Nutella, we chose the coconut jam. When I read 'coconut jam', I immediately thought of kaya, what came to us, in a cute little bowl might I add, was more of a coconut caramel rather than a jam. The coconut caramel was sticky and sweet with a strong coconut flavour. Paired with the generous sized and flavour packed banana bread, it was a match made in culinary flavours. This vegan (not vegan if you choose Nutella) and gluten free dish came with a colourful platter of fruit next to it. Fruits such as mangoes, cherries, strawberries and slices of orange were included in the dish, it was natural and unrefined and it really made me appreciate the diversity of colours.