The PFEs were recently invited to review the food at Miss Maud and I chose the pastry house in Belmont Forum as it is located close to where I live. I have not been to the Miss Maud in Belmont for quite awhile and was surprised to read some less than happy reviews on Urbanspoon prior to visiting. I’d always have a good impression of the store, plus it is always busy on the weekend every time I walked past! Hmm, what is the real story?
My sister and I headed there on the Saturday and were joined by my parents as they had wanted to meet up for brunch that weekend. They were happy that we would be dining at Miss Maud and told us to go earlier as it gets very busy during lunch time. On to it! We arrived mid-morning and the cafe was about 2/3 full so we got a table easily.
Menus are placed on the table and there was a wide variety to choose from, ranging from the Breakfast Specials to Hot Food, Sandwiches, Foccacias, Salads, Kids’ Favorites and their yummy looking Desserts!
Orders can then be placed at the counter. I couldn’t help checking out all the desserts and cakes on display while waiting in line. They look so good! Miss Maud is also stocking desserts from Rawsome, for those who are interested in this genre of food :)
We had the following for brunch…the drinks…
- Affogato ($4.70) – double espresso with a dollop of vanilla ice-cream
- Mocha ($4.70)
- Ice Coffee ($6) – served with ice cream (I asked for no cream)
- Coconut Water ($5.70) – raw C 100% natural!
I had the Ice Coffee as I was craving some ice-cream. The vanilla ice-cream added a sweetness and creaminess to the drink as it melted into it, well what was left of the ice-cream after I had a few spoonful :p. My sister ordered the Coconut Water, and commented that it tasted fresh and natural, better than what you would get at the supermarket.
- Norwegian Prawnboat ($16.95) – tender asparagus, egg slices and red ripe tomato, laden with plump prawns on Miss Maud Swedish bread topped with Miss Maud special Swedish sauce
The Norwegian Prawnboat is classed as an open face delicacy by Miss Maud. Located under the Open-Face Sandwiches category, it showcases a twist to the usual prawn sandwich you get at cafes, with this being bigger and ‘louder’ with the bright colored prawns piled on top of a lettuce cup, uncovered for all to see. This was my order and I really like it. I especially like the tangy sauce that went with the eggs and prawns combination and also the buttered bread. The prawns were big and plump! This tasted great with each bite!
- Chicken Enchilada ($16.50) – Mexican combination of chicken, beans, corn, capsicum, tomato and onion in a featherlight crepe, topped with Salsa sauce, cheese and a touch of sour cream
This was my sister’s order and her comment was that it was good but extremely filling! I can understand why after looking at the dish! I had a taste and it was really creamy and cheesy with lots of filling inside the crepe. I quite like it but I doubt I can finish the whole dish by myself.
- Cajun Chicken Salad ($17.95) – tender chicken, avocado, semi-dried tomatoes, cashews, fresh tomato, gourmet lettuce, snowpea sprouts & red onion, served with Miss Maud cajun dressing and toasted Turkish bread
The Cajun Chicken Salad looked delicious but unfortunately I didn’t get a taste. Boo! :p Lots of chunky chicken pieces I spied. The dressing looked yummy too. This was given the stamp of approval by my stepdad.
- Crab “Sammige” ($15.45) – catch of crab, prawns and seafood in egg mayo on buttered toasted Swedish white bread topped with caviar and a choice of side salad
There was a choice of either garden, potato or beetroot salad for the side salad. My mum chose the beetroot salad. The Crab Sammige is in the same category as the Norwegian Prawnboat except this is chopped up and compacted into a triangular cone. Another great and tasty dish!
I couldn’t get past not ordering some dessert to end the brunch and we ended up sharing two Petit Tarts ($2.95 each) – a fruit and a hazelnut caramel. They were good! I especially like the hazelnut caramel tart, sticky and sweet!
The Petit Tarts brought a great end to the brunch we had at Miss Maud. I left feeling very satisfied! The service on the day was great, the girls serving us were friendly and smiley and the food came quickly. My sister originally went to get some grocery after we ordered thinking that we would have to wait awhile for the food but I had to call her back soon after she left as the food came! Seemed to be a vast improvement from what I read on Urbanspoon. I will definitely visit again!
Thanks to Miss Maud who shouted us two complimentary meals for the brunch.