Axil Coffee RoastersJune 20, 2011
I was informed of (and accompanied to) this place by Miss N, who is lucky enough to live within five minutes of Axil. Both of our lattes were fantastic, really. Beautifully smooth and creamy milk, perfect temperature, good strong taste but not a hint of bitterness. My latte had a TRIPLE rosetta, v impressive. I’d heard that there’s a barista heavyweight pulling the coffees here, and I’ve certainly never seen any coffee art this impressive before. It was (almost) too pretty to drink!
Despite meeting at that awkward late-afternoon time that’s too close to dinner to warrant ordering any food, N and I had a quick glance at the menu, just for tokenism more than anything else, and after roughly six seconds, N said “yeah, so, how about sharing that nougat parfait?” “You read my mind”. (God I love it when ordering for two is so blissfully easy). If you were excited about the fancy latte art, this will knock your socks off. The dish that caught both our eyes was the nougat parfait with marshmallow, passion fruit, honeycomb, persian fairy floss and lemon sorbet. Hell yes.
The contrast in texture, flavour and temperature here was fantastic, and we especially loved dipping the crunchy honeycomb in the passionfruit syrup. The combination of warm marshmallow (it had been grilled), nutty nougat partfait and sharp acidity from the sorbet was inspired. The lemon sorbet was very sour and refreshing, just the way I like it! A lick of persian fairy floss finished it off. Even more impressive is that all components are made in-house by the chef.
In short, a great place which I will definitely be returning to to try both breakfast and lunch: as if hawthornites weren’t spoiled enough for choice already!
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