Last weekend we had some friends stay at Hotel Realm, so when it came time for breakfast it was a choice between the hotel buffet or Maple + Clove. I had heard a lot about Maple + Clove – it’s a wholefoods café marketed as honest, nourishing and above all, delicious natural goodness to power your mind, body and spirit. I was keen to check it out.
We sat down, ordered coffees and looked over the menu. When our coffees came out, I could tell mine was going to be too strong. I had asked for extra hot but instead received an extra strong coffee. I took a sip, decided I couldn’t stomach it and pushed it into the middle of the table. My partner Mike hates it when I do that because he thinks it is poor etiquette. It’s debatable, I think!
A few moments later a new coffee had arrived at the table. It seemed the barista had realised his mistake, which I was very appreciative of. It’s not often that wait staff will recognise or fix an issue without being asked.
I ordered the maple whole waffle (a wholemeal spelt, zucchini and sweet corn waffle, served with a slow cooked egg) for $16.50.
The boys ordered the fresh start (tomatoes, avocado, smoked salmon, lemon ricotta and crusty seeded rye bread) for $18, and and poached eggs with maple salad, bacon and crusty seeded rye bread (this was not on the menu).
The dishes were well presented and I have to say, surprisingly yummy. I was hesitant, but Maple + Clove proved me wrong. The wholemeal spelt, zucchini and sweet corn waffles were actually one of the best things I’ve ever eaten. I’m definitely going to try and teach myself how to make those at home.
As we were paying at the counter, I noticed the cabinet full of sweet treats and couldn’t go past a malteser slice. Once again I was surprised by the service. The waiter gave us two pieces but only charged for one. It seriously is the little things that count and customer service like that, that makes all the difference.
I’ll have to remember that hidden little gem.
Maple + Clove is located at Realm Park, Burbury Close, Barton and is open 7 days for breakfast, coffee, lunch and takeaway dinners. Oooh! take away dinners sounds like such a wonderful idea.