After several failed attempts at visiting Shady Palms over the last six months, Al and I finally managed to visit for a Friday lunch catch-up with a friend.
Shady Palms, located at Stones Corner, is the second baby (first baby is café Lady Marmalade) of Mal and Bec, from My Kitchen Rules fame. Shady Palms is a cafe/bar serving up award-winning sandwiches or what I’d like to call brioche burgers (winner of best sandwich in Australia 2013 and the Riveta sandwich champion 2014). If you are watching your carb intake, they also do interesting options without brioche eg., salads and American style ribs and chicken.
Shady Palms is a warm, homely space made up of several dining areas with an eclectic array of furnishings and quirky touches such as the movie character table numbers. We got lucky with Ron Burgundy!
Al ordered the blackened jerk barra burger with smashed avo, remoulade, rocket and shaved zucchini served with plantain crisps ($18). It was fresh, tasty and healthy. I was confused.. “What, no bacon?” Al replied, “I’m being healthy today”. Fair enough.
I chose two of the four sliders available: pork belly, celeriac remoulade, apply chutney and Wagyu beef pattie with mushroom, rocket and mayo (two sliders for $11.50). The pork belly on the soft brioche bun was my favourite. The beef pattie was just a little dry.
Our mate ordered the Shady Wagyu burger with provolone, sliced tomatillo, dill pickle, lettuce, onion, special sauce and battered onion rings ($15). Although I didn’t taste the burger, it looked juicy. I did taste the onion rings which were crunchy and just as onion rings should be.
We decided to order a dessert to share and this turned out to be the best decision of the day. The apple rhubarb crumble with toasted marshmallows and ginger ice-cream ($10.50) was sensational! Warm and comforting on a cool autumn day. It must have been a special cause it’s not on the menu on the website.
The peanut butter and jelly deep fried ice-cream served with salted caramel is on the menu and I’m pretty sure I need to try that sometime in the near future. Although to be honest I think our next visit will be breakfast. The menu is inventive with some great flavour combos. For example, buttermilk hotcakes with roasted pineapple, ginger beer ice-cream, coconut and almond crumble and blackberry compote ($14.50). What? How good does that sound? Or maybe the Death Benedict is more your thing, pulled pork shoulder empanada’s, southern style grilled ham, crispy kale, poached eggs, tomato salsa and hollandise sauce ($18). Sweet or savoury, Shady Palms has it covered.
427 Logan Rd, Stones Corner
Ph: 3324 2917