I had a long overdue catchup with highschool friend Tracy on the weekend. We arranged to have lunch at a venue of my choosing and I was grateful to be able to select one from my ever-increasing list of 'need to visit' restaurants and cafes. Billy Kart Kitchen appealed to me because the photos I saw online looked promising and once I read the menu, I was sold.
The cafe stands out as a social hub in an otherwise suburban crossroad. I'm so used to inner city cafes that are a nightmare to park at. It was refreshing to be able to find close street parking without incident.
Billy Kart Kitchen is pretty big but since I got there at peak-time on a Saturday, all the inside tables were either taken or reserved. I was happy to park myself at one of the cosy little tables outside. The weather was just right so it was nice to soak it up.
I ordered a latte to start with. It was a decent size and actually worked to perk me up significantly. Nowadays I drink coffee more for taste than energy because my body's too used to caffeine to notice any effect. It's kinda cool when I feel an actual buzz.
Tracy ordered a freshly squeezed orange juice upon her arrival. Billy Kart Kitchen is on trend with their serving-ware resembling mason jars. Some might think this fad is on the out but I love kooky jars and cups so it'll never get old for me.
Tuna nicoise salad
For food, I selected the tuna Niçoise salad. It had morsels on fresh tuna scattered amongst a bed of fresh greens, wilted cherry tomatoes, quail eggs and green olives. It was a nice salad and definitely fulfilled my requirement for 'healthy' but it was underwhelming in terms of flavour. I think this needs a more flavoursome dressing to carry it.
Pulled Berkshire pork shoulder sandwich - with sugarloaf slaw and baja sauce
I tried a bit of Tracy's pulled pork sandwich. The meat was really melty and tender and completely infused with flavour. I liked the sweetness of the pork with the creamy tangy coleslaw. It was a fairly large serving of food all up.
Tracy and I had a nice time at Billy Kart Kitchen. The menu includes many simple yet delicious sounding options. The food is fresh and serving sizes are decent. We liked the casual environment too.