During the pre-Christmas rush, J and I decided to stop in at Daily Planet, the newly opened cafe adjacent to the other planets – Planet Video (okay, do we keep calling it video, even though they no longer rent videos?) and Planet Books.
We, like the rest of Mount Lawley, had been watching the space for months, waiting to see what would happen as the renovations progressed.
Huevos Rancheros, $22.50
The wait was finally over a couple of months ago, and we were keen to check it out. It was busy that Saturday, and we were lucky to snag one of the last tables.
J was pleased to see Huevos Rancheros on the menu, being a fan of all things Mexican. This wasn’t a classic interpretation, but it was tasty all the same.
Two fried eggs crowned a huddle of plump butter beans, which were cooked in a spicy tomato-based sauce. Spicy chunks of chorizo added a punch throughout.
Though he really enjoyed the spicy beans, J was disappointed to find the egg yolks overcooked. It looked to me like the whole lot was probably finished off under the grill, to heat the beans, but ultimately this led to sad overcooked eggs.
The chorizo was lovely and spicy, and a welcome addition to the beans. But they could have done with a little more colour, for that caramelised perfection that suits this sausage so well.
Eggs Benedict, $16.50
I opted for the brekkie classic, Eggs Benedict, which turned out to be a much more successful dish.
Listed on the menu as poached eggs, ham, hollandaise sauce over a potato cake, I was intrigued. As a lifelong member of the potato fan club, this departure from the usual could only be a good thing – or so I thought.
Except that there was no potato cake! (In my head, I’m imagining Con the Fruiterer saying ‘what, no potato?’)
Perfect poached eggs. Fantastic!
But potato cake or not, this was a great version of this breakfast classic. Lovely fresh ham, which was clearly sliced off the bone, two perfectly poached eggs and some delectably creamy freshly made hollandaise.
The whole lot was served over some crunchy toasted sourdough, which was a fantastic vessel for the ham and eggs.
Dia de muertos meets Evil Kenievel!
Since our visit a couple of weeks ago, I’ve read some less than complimentary comments about Daily Planet on Urbanspoon.
I acknowledge there’s probably some kinks to be ironed out, and definitely room for improvement, as is the case with any new business.
On our visit, we found the floor staff really friendly, and they were very responsive and quick to notice dirty plates and empty water glasses.
The staff member behind the register was also quick to rectify a problem with our bill, when we noticed an extra $30 worth of hot chocolates had made it on to our tab.
So while I think there’s room to improve, because overcooked eggs are absolutely a cardinal sin in my book, I’m not willing to write off Daily Planet just yet.
Have you eaten at the Daily Planet?
What did you think? Tell me in the comments!