Have you heard about the new fad “The Golden Latte”? Well, it’s kinda old now and it’s still here…It’s not some latte with gold dust that will cost you your arm and leg to have a taste. It’s a latte using the humble ancient spice turmeric, to honor an earthy yet subtly spicy qualities of the Golden Latte. In search of this taste, I ended up at Hello Friends + Allies. Weird name, but hey catchy right?
I’ve come to the conclusion that the golden fad is here to stay. As a kid, I grew up with turmeric milk- it is an Indian solution to any pain, sickness, and a winter warmer. As an adult, it’s definitely hitting lots of cafe menus and being called the “Golden Latte”, it’s obvious with the ocher color the spice holds, turns plain white milk into this beautiful spin of golden indulgence. Flavor notes- peppercorn, ginger, cinnamon, slightly spicy and earthy. Definitely a go-to drink when you are feeling crook or want to stay young as it holds all the antioxidants properties we are looking for.
Can’t just go to a cafe and have just have a hot drink. Food!! Looking over the menu, my eyes went straight to the meal that had “mushrooms” in it’s title. I’m a fanatic for this fungus, in any form and shape. I went for the no brainer option -the Wild Mushrooms Medley which came with a poached egg, freedom load and goats curd. Yum Yum Yum! The egg was poached to perfection- cutting through and having that yellow sunshine of yolk ooze out and work as a creamy sauce for the porcini soil. The goats curd, the best I’ve had so far- creamy, tangy, smooth and heavenly…brings it all together in a solid harmony. I couldn’t fault anything. A perfect breakfast with the perfect egg fix.
My friend went for the lunch option- Tandoori Chicken Burger with Masala Fries. He knew what he wanted as soon as we sat down. He was excited like a kid in the candy store because he knew they were offering tandoori chicken in a burger!
Tandoori, as we know it, a marinate of yogurt, garam masala, ginger, garlic and chili. Served charred. This one had it’s unique twist marinated in tomatillo labneh. And did it work? Of course it did! My friend rated it 10/10 due to the well coated moist chicken strips perfectly grilled to hold the title of “tandoori”. And the masala fries- my oh my! Exactly like the masala fries you will find in an Indian household. We love our spice and this hot and sour coating on some double cooked fries make you go VA VA Voom!! And crunch crunch crunch I want some more munch!
To finish off on a sweet note, we had a blueberry and sour cream cake.All the gluten-free geeks would love the fact that this sweetness is gluten-free. Beautifully presented, deliciously moist, sweet with a nice sharp tart from the goodness of berries. A guaranteed satisfaction.
Pay a visit today, and have your taste buds sing!