We hadn't been to Pod Food for a few years, but recently met friends there for Sunday breakfast.
The most special thing about this place is the location - it's a beautiful setting in the Pialligo Plant Farm. We were also impressed with the manner of the staff - knowledgeable and friendly, and they seemed experienced.
The food on offer was varied and interesting, however it was surprising that at 10:00am on Sunday they had already run out of mushrooms so one of the dishes was not available (a shame as my partner's favourite breakfast food is mushrooms).
There were three different dishes ordered by our party of four - all were nicely presented and well cooked but, for the price, I (like many other reviewers) have a slight issue with the portion sizes. A nice thick slice of toasted bread had two small eggs on it but the smoked trout - which was the 'star' of the dish - was truly tiny and full of bones. The menu described the dish as coming with beetroot (two tiny dabs of pureed beetroot, about the size of a 20-cent piece), onion (about a tablespoon of sauteed onion), avocado (three little cubes) and radish (an almost translucent shaving about 6cm long). For nearly $20, they could have been slightly more generous.
The main disappointment was the beverages. Firstly, can you believe a place of this calibre does not offer fresh juices? Only bottled. Secondly, two of our party ordered English Breakfast tea. They waited several minutes before swirling the pot and pouring - it was incredibly weak (both pots). Obviously Pod Food is skimping on the quantity of tea leaves. Lastly, my long black coffee was served in a cappuccino cup (arrrgh! It goes cold too quickly!), and there was hardly any crema, plus the flavour was not very robust. On top of this, at one point we asked for more drinking water... it never arrived.
Overall the quality of the food is very good, and nicely presented. It's just we left feeling overcharged because of the meanness with certain elements, and the quality of the beverages.
By the way, the latest you can book for breakfast is 10:00am, but be warned that by 11:00am you will be getting the hint to move on so the restaurant can set up for lunch.
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