After a busy week of exams, we were really looking forward to unwinding with lunch and drinks at The Wooden Whisk, a charming and cosy cafe in St Leonards!
We began our adventure with a taste of three drinks. The Green Ninja smoothie, which was packed full of goodness with mango, spinach, kale, ginger, orange, apple and chia seeds, was absolutely our favourite, as it was very refreshing and smooth, with a great kick to it, and a wonderful accompaniment to our big lunch.
We also had the Nutty Professor smoothie, a special of the day, which contains banana, chocolate protein, peanut butter, milk and honey. This was a very hearty smoothie, and would be best enjoyed with one of their fresh fruit salads or another breakfast item!
Finally, we had the Beet Beauty juice, which as the name suggests, was made with beetroot, carrot, apple and ginger. It was very light, but punchy on the palette at the same time, with the ginger giving the otherwise mild juice a nicely spiced taste!
After the amazing drinks, we had high expectations for the mains, and we weren’t disappointed at all! Our first main was the Spinach and Ricotta Tortellini, with pine nuts, tomato, roast pumpkin and cooked in a lovely and light pesto cream sauce. The pasta was absolutely divine and so well cooked, with just the right balance of cheese and spinach! The pumpkin pieces were tender and the semi-dried tomatoes finished off the dish beautifully with just the right amount of saltiness – this dish was the big winner for me!
We also tried the Spiced Lamb Fillets with quinoa, honey roasted pumpkin pieces, beetroot, baby spinach, pine nuts and a dollop of yoghurt to finish it off. The lamb pieces were juicy and tender, and the quinoa added an earthy texture to the dish. We especially enjoyed the pumpkin and beetroot pieces, and the yoghurt to complement the lamb was a perfect combination.
The third dish we had was the Grilled Fillet of Tuna, served with a side of green beans, olives, potato, preserved lemon, pesto, and rocket. The tuna itself was cooked beautifully with a flavoursome pesto coating, but the accompanying vegetables and salad were so tasty! We couldn’t stop eating the potatoes and really enjoyed the rich taste of the pesto.
Finally, we had one of the daily specials, the Grilled Salmon Salad with fennel, garden salad, asparagus, potato and poached eggs. The salmon was tender and perfectly pink, with the fennel and asparagus adding depth to the salad. We especially liked the inclusion of a poached egg on top, and drizzled the delicious yolk over the rest of the salmon.
The meal as a whole was so reminiscent of a fine dining experience – the dishes were plated with magical skill and there was an overall attention to quality and detail.
Just a 6 minute walk from St Leonards station, the Wooden Whisk has a very relaxed and leisurely vibe. There’s plenty of comfortable seating inside the cafe and tables just outside as well. We loved the fact that there were daily specials on the chalkboard, and even drinks specials as well! The staff were so friendly and welcoming, and Sean, our host, was happy to bring us out a sample of drinks and food so that we tried some unique smoothies, juices and dishes!
The Wooden Whisk offers amazing, fine dining quality dishes at very affordable prices. By the end of our experience, we all agreed that it was one of the best, if not the best, cafes we had ever been to. Make sure to visit and bring your friends and family – we cannot overstate how amazing it was and we promise it won’t disappoint!
Note: Khana dined as a guest of The Wooden Whisk and CPM Online Marketing.