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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Cafe Belle Fleur, Enfield

Steak sandwich and chips
Chargrilled eye fillet steak sandwich with caramelised onions,
aioli, tomato chilli jam and side fries $18.80

Forget chicken soup. Sometimes a steak sandwich is just what the doctor ordered.

A recent stomach virus had left me feeling lethargic, listless and, even more mortifyingly, lacking in appetite. After three days of gastronomic disinterest (a soul-destroying pointless existence, I soon came to realise), a steak sandwich with chips seemed the most logical option on the Cafe Belle Fleur menu.

A meal in a cafe in a Flower Power courtyard doesn't sound inspiring, but it is surprisingly appealing. There's plenty of greenery, a fountain, a squawking cockatoo in the corner and apart from occasional squeals from children, it’s relatively quiet and peaceful and refreshingly suburban.

All three of us order steak sandwiches. I am assured by my lunch partners, Belle Fleur regulars, that the steak sandwich is a work of art. It is.

Steak sandwich close-up

Although I'm not usually one to have aioli on my steak, the drizzle effect on the thick slabs of toast are prettily effective. The steak is fairly thick, a little chewy in parts, but seared nicely. The caramelised onions are sweet and sticky, the chilli jam is tasty although moderate in heat.

Steak fries are golden brown perfection. Crunchy on the outside, fluffy on the inside. I polish everything on my plate with gusto. It's the first proper meal I've had in days. I'm back. And back with a vengeance.

There's quite a selection of tempting lunch options on offer: the carmaelised onion, brie and tomato tartlet sounds good. So too does the salad of asparagus, rocket, crisp prosciutto and pear wafers on a goats cheese crouton with hazelnut vinaigrette. Fish and chips are battered with a sesame and dill tempura; house-smoked chicken breast is accompanied by roasted pumpkin, fresh beetroot, feta and cashews.

The huge customer car park makes access a breeze, and the giant fruit and vegetable barn, The Fresh Fruit Palace is a treasure trove of Italian goodies. There's a huge range of pastas--both fresh and dried, gelatos in the freezer, biscotti in the aisles and a mouthwatering selection of cheeses and olives await in the deli. Sicilian green olives are spotted—my favourite!

Steak sandwich bird's eye view

Cafe Belle Fleur
Flower Power Nursery
27 Mitchell Street Enfield, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9744 6449

Lunch 7 Days: 11.30am – 3pm
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posted by Helen (AugustusGloop) on 5/03/2006 11:54:00 pm


9 Comments:

  • At 5/04/2006 8:17 am, Blogger Reb said…

    Looks yum .. AND .... don't forget there's a Pet Barn there too for the many pet-affiliated food bloggers! Sounds perfect. Plants and pets for the peckish.

     
  • At 5/04/2006 11:09 am, Blogger lilcrabbygal said…

    I know exactly what you mean. I often have a craving for a Steak Sandwhich after the flu or a stomach virus. P.S. I syndicated your blog so I can read it in my livejournal friends list.
    http://syndicated.livejournal.com/grabyourfork/

     
  • At 5/04/2006 1:08 pm, Blogger plum said…

    Oh my. I don't often eat steak but I think I might pop into the organic butcher's on the way home. Sometimes a thick slab perfectly seared is just what even a non-steak-eater needs.

     
  • At 5/04/2006 1:38 pm, Blogger Food Hog said…

    I love steak sandwiches, and that one looks delish! The chips looks great as well !(golden and crunchy)

    I know quite a few people who have the stomach virus. Hope you fully recover soon Helen!

     
  • At 5/04/2006 2:40 pm, Blogger David Tsirekas said…

    I often go here with my mother's group.

    The onion tart and the smoked chicken salad are my favourites.

    It's a great little spot - who'd have thought such a place would be found at Flower Power.

    Belinda T.

     
  • At 5/04/2006 3:28 pm, Blogger FooDcrazEE said…

    thats a huge meal.....

     
  • At 5/05/2006 9:21 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Reb - I forgot about the Pet Barn. Spot the non-pet-affiliated foodblogger =)

    Hi lilcrabbygal - Aha. I didn't realised I could be syndicated in livejournal. I'll have to let my fellow LJers know!

    Hi Plum - Ooh I love a good steak. I often find steak sandwiches use thin bits of sinewy steak, but a nice bit of t-bone... drool....

    Hi Food Hog - The chips were great. Thanks for the kind wishes. I'm fully recovered, with bigger and better appetite! Hurrah! =)

    Hi florizal - I did consider the onion tart and the smoked chicken salad sounded tasty. I agree. It's quite a surprise find.

    Hi foodcrazee - I know. Isn't it great? =)

     
  • At 5/09/2006 9:53 pm, Blogger Kirsten said…

    Helen, are you becoming amazingly prolific or am I not visiting GYF as much as I should (or used to)?

    You have discovered my little secret, not so much the cafe, which is great (albeit slightly overpriced) but The Fresh Food Palace. I love browsing the shelves here and the staff are so friendly and helpful. Inspiration abounds!

     
  • At 5/11/2006 11:08 pm, Blogger Helen (AugustusGloop) said…

    Hi Kirsten - lol. No, I'm just perpetually greedy =)

    Fresh Food Palace was great. I walked up and down the biscuit aisle about 5 times just drooling.

     

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