Tuesday, January 03, 2017 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Penta is belong to a large family of cafe's such as Legacy, Tinker, My Other Brother and Temperance Society. Penta is owned by five personnels; Julien Moussi, Cory Slater, Stuart Deva, Kristy-Lea and Nicky Campbell as the head chef. Located conveniently very close to Elsternwick station which also have plenty of street parking around the cafe. Penta quickly become popular with locals and foodies in Melbourne.

I have been wanting to visit Penta for a while now since I heard plenty of good review from my foodie friend and of course I have been seeing a lot of pictures of their food on Instagram especially their infamous panna cotta. The restaurant designed by Ritza & Ghougassian, decorated with stone, stainless stell, dark furnitures, polished concretes, open kitchen and greeneries. It was quite busy on a weekdays lunch time and it's quite noisy as well.

We started our meal with some fresh orange juice and of course coffee. I love their coffee so much, creamy, fluffy milk with strong coffee flavour without being to bitter. Then our first dish arrived; Penta Benedict - braised beef cheek, watercress, poached eggs, jalapeno hollandaise on sweet potato waffles ($19.5) with extra avocado. It's quite unique since they use potato waffles instead of toast and honestly I like it much more that way. The waffle remain crispy even though it's positioned on the bottom and the beef was tender, complete with creamy jalapeno hollandaise. And the avocado was flawlessly fresh and beautiful. I wish all cafe's gives extra avocado like this.

Sriracha Grilled Salmon - raw zoodles, edamame, avocado with herb dressing and fried basil ($21). I don't normally like zucchini that much but this version was nicely seasoned but not over done so it was fresh yet flavourful. The salmon was crispy and perfectly cooked. All tie in together with light sriracha, we love it.

Nutella Panna Cotta - nut butter banana sushi, honey joy crumb, strawberries, pomegranate molasses, torched marshmellows ($18.5). This dish is what made me want to visit Penta and it was delicious, one of the best flavoured panna cotta in Melbourne. I normally sceptical of flavoured panna cotta cause I like the original yoghurt vanilla panna cotta so much but this version was so creamy and so smooth I could not stop eating it. All the other ingredients on the plate added texture and extra delicious flavour to it.

The service was friendly but the food take quite some time to arrived on our table, a bit too long for my standards. But in term of the food, they nailed it big time. I highly recommended Penta and I do think it's the best out of all the siblings.

Penta Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
28 Riddell Parade
Elsternwick, VIC 3185
Monday-Friday: 7am-5pm
Saturday: 7.30am-5pm
Sunday: 8am-5pm