Mood Food is one of the lesser known cafes on Lonsdale St. While it sits in a prime location it seems to always be overlooked for the latest cafe or food van.
I’ve had lunch there a few times and always been pleased with the speediness of the service and quality of the food. Naturally I was ready to put it to the test for breakfast.
I came on a Friday morning and there were only a few other diners, I was seated straight away and had my coffee order taken first. My coffee was made in just a few minutes, then they came and took my food order. Normally I’m an eggs and bacon person but for some reason the banana hot cakes were calling me.
They were placed in front of me within 5 minutes. I cannot fault how attentive and speedy these guys were. The added bonus is you can see right into the kitchen and in the 5 minutes I waited the chefs were busting out an 80s ballad that was playing in the background.
The hotcakes were soooo tasty! They were very generous sizes with some fried banana on top with coconut butter. Coconut BUTTER – need I say more? I couldn’t resist eating the whole thing, even though I was busting at the seams with the last mouthful.
Add to that a nice hot strong coffee, I honestly couldn’t be happier. They also followed up asking if I wanted a second coffee after taking away my breakfast plate (bonus points from me for that!).
The atmosphere is really relaxed and casual. The staff are super friendly, sing to 80s classics like Sweet Caroline and look like they actually enjoy their job.
There’s table seating inside and out and also a nice little lounge area if you’re popping in just for a coffee.
Overall I’m surprised locals aren’t raving about this place like they do all the other cafes on Lonsdale St – I highly recommend you give it a go!