The Mayflower is all soft peach hues and decadent, refined dishes. This brand new Darlinghurst cafe is built into an art deco-style shop front that was once a florist, and everything, from the sweet interior to the menu laced with fancy delicacies (like caviar and truffle), is a nod to the building’s floral past.
Inside the café, an abstract floral mural weaves across the walls; there are resin floral pendant lights, mayflower shaped neons, plush peach chairs and onyx tables in shades of coral, gold and sand. We also love the hanging flower installation by Sydney-based, Parisian-style floral studio, Don de L'Amour. It’s stylish without being too sweet, detailed without being too much.
As for what's to eat, alongside a set of polished staples, The Mayflower’s breakfast and lunch menus hero caviar and truffle—you know, the finer things in life.
For breakfast, order a croque monsieur with prosciutto de Parma, gruyere and béchamel and truffle shavings ($16), or ocean trout gravlax with ricotta, beetroot and salmon caviar ($18). For sweet tooths we’d recommend the French toast brule with rhubarb compote, blueberry and sour cream ($16), and for savoury fiends, the quinoa congee with slow-cooked egg and shiitake mushrooms ($16).
At lunch, there’s a wagyu cheeseburger ($14), grilled prawns with uni butter and yuzu mayo ($22), and a truffle pasta with parmigiana Reggiano and shavings of black winter truffle ($24).
But it’s not just truffle and caviar add-ons, toppings or sides at The Mayflower—the cafe offers a full caviar service, truffle service and caviar tastings at both lunch and breakfast. And look, after a few months in iso eating a whole lot of cereal and mi goreng—we are more than ready to up the ante on brunch.
Served with blinis, crème Fraiche, egg mimosas and chives—treat yourself to a taste of Italian ARS Italica Oscietra Caviar, or go all in and splash out on the most famous of all caviars, Black Pearl Beluga Caviar (you will not regret this decision).
Finally, to drink—pair your fancy brunch with a selection of PS40 sodas, like the PS Wattle Cola, the Blackstrap Ginger soda, or the smoked lemonade with lemon and lime juice, rosemary, cane sugar and Murray River salt.
There's also a selection of Rok Kombucha from Margaret River, organic loose leaf teas and, of course, the full range of caffeine necessities from espresso to batch, cold drip, almond, oat milk and even a Vietnamese iced coffee too.
Image credit: The Mayflower