Bite-sized Summary: Fresh, seasonal, natural food, including a killer acai bowl with ALL the toppings. Delicious & Responsible Eating, i.e. DARE Cafe in Maroubra is a local eatery serving up good, humble dishes with friendly service to match. Whether your #wholesome brunch consists of smashed avo or banana pancakes, just be sure to leave room for a certain “unsharable” brownie.
At 10 am on a Saturday morning, Dare Cafe is buzzing with locals enjoying respite from the chilly day outside. Inside, it has a cosy, local charm about it, with mismatched wooden chairs and old photos of Maroubra and neighbouring beaches decorating the walls. We’re greeted by a friendly, smiling barista and then a waitress who shows us to our table towards the back of the cafe.
The menu is full of classic breakfast items, seemingly with a focus on fresh ingredients, and honest, delicious food rather than innovating trendy dishes. We opt for one of their signatures: ‘Avocado Smush!’ with grilled halloumi, two poached eggs, grilled bacon, rocket, zaatar, balsamic glaze and strawberries on sourdough toast ($14.90 + $5 bacon).
It looks lovely on the plate – bright and vibrant, complete with edible flowers, which owner Lee mentions they grow themselves. Regarding taste, it’s an infallible flavour combination and the ingredients are beautiful and fresh, however, I would have liked to see a little more avocado given the name and price of the dish. I love the addition of the strawberries, which add a sweet, tart flavour, perfectly complemented by the balsamic glaze.
Although I adore acai bowls, I tend not to order them at Sydney cafes, which more often than not fail to meet the mark for me in terms of flavour and texture. I was pleasantly surprised to see the very hands-on owner Lee blending the breakfast bowls and assembling them herself, whilst also waiting tables, preparing drinks and always taking a moment to stop and chat with her patrons.
For $16.50, Dare offers a generous bowl of organic acai with bananas, housemade granola, seasonal fresh fruit, shredded coconut, toasted nuts, dried fruits, organic honey and chia seeds. Despite not being touched until we had finished with our avocado toast, the acai maintained a soft, smooth sorbet consistency with a rich, vibrant flavour that actually tasted like acai and not the fruit it had been blended with. Piled on top of the acai, this dish is brimming with a rainbow of fresh textures and colours. The homemade granola is amazing! Perfectly crunchy, full of toasty nuts and sweetened with honey. Together with chewy dried fruits, fresh blood orange, strawberries, passionfruit, bananas, grapes and pineapple, it’s incredibly wholesome and delicious. A must-order at Dare!
Despite two satisfied bellies, we couldn’t leave without trying a few of Dare’s homemade treats. We sampled the peanut butter muesli slice, which uses dates, pepitas, muesli and fresh peanut butter made by a friend of Lee’s, with no added salt, sugar or oil; bound together with banana and strawberries for added flavour and sweetness. It’s sticky and moreish and completely guilt-free! Equally as wholesome and delicious as a snack is the raw ball made with organic honey and rolled in coconut.
Finally, one of the best brownies I’ve ever had! Gluten and dairy-free, this is definitely a baked treat you won’t want to share. Dense, fudgy and rich in chocolate flavour, with an incredible crust around the edges. Be sure to pick one of these up on your way out!
Mixed Berry & Banana Smoothie
Note: For your viewing pleasure only. None of these drinks were mine!
A true local gem, I love Dare Cafe for its warm, friendly atmosphere, genuinely welcoming staff and good, wholesome food. Not only do they use fresh, high-quality ingredients but everything is prepared with a whole lot of love and care. It’s heartwarming to see owner Lee making a connection with her customers by waiting tables and preparing food alongside her team, and boy, does she make good acai and brownies!
A big thank you to Lee and the amazing team at Dare Cafe! Eats with Marie dined as a guest of Dare and Ompty Media. All opinions, comments and photos are 100% honest and my own.
DARE Delicious and Responsible Eating
765A Anzac Parade, Maroubra 2035
(02) 8540 2936
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