The Mayflower is all soft peach hues and decadent, refined dishes. This 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.
While the cafe opened first as a breakfast and lunch spot, it has just revealed a sparkling new dinner service too, with spritz, wine, and classic cocktails in the mix.
Inside the cafe, 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. 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, lunch, and brand new dinner menu heroes 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).
As for the new dinner menu, start with the goat curd and honeycomb ($18), or burrata with tomato essence ($24), and for mains, make sure you try the toothfish with miso and shiokoji ($42) and the octopus with chorizo and confit kipfler ($26).
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.
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.
At dinner time, Mayflower has you covered for classic cocktails—like a Negroni or an Espresso Martini. There's also a couple of spritzes to choose from, and a neat selection of Australian and French wines.
Image credit: The Mayflower