Northsiders love good coffee as much as they do new cafes. Fairfield is no exception. There has been a new addition to Station Street, and it comes from a family that understands the world of hospitality and, more importantly, coffee. Mamma Says is from the previous owners of Station Lounge, and they've promised regulars that some of the old favourites will feature on the new menu.
The new space is homely and familiar. Wooden furnishings sit next to greenery and hanging lights. The best part of the interior? The wall of Banksy prints watching you munch on your poached eggs.
Speaking of poached eggs, the menu reads as familiar cafe fare. Buttermilk pancakes are served with maple syrup ($9) or apple and rhubarb ($12), avocado smash comes with a poached egg and jalapenos ($16.50), and the eggs Benedict is just how you expect it to be ($14.50). Lunch sees nachos ($11.90), chicken Waldorf salad ($18.50), a chicken parma ($19.90) and a linguini marinara ($16.90), among other like dishes.
The coffee, roasted by Mamma Says themselves, is smooth. It could do with a bit more punch, but is pleasant nonetheless. A juice, milkshake and smoothie menu gives a nod to nostalgia with a blue heaven milkshake ($5) as well as embraces today with the Health Freak — strawberries, peach, pineapple juice, sorbet, ginseng and Ginkgo biloba ($6).
A cabinet of arancini, pies, lemon tarts, caramel slices and many more baked treats give a whole other range of options for any time of the day. Dessert anyone?
The newest addition to this Fairfield strip, Mamma Says is going to be one for the locals.