Review: The Mayflower, Darlinghurst

Cafes, Eat, Sydney / 4 November 2020

Step into The Mayflower, Darlinghurst’s newest cafe with an eye for the finer things in life.

You’ve been cooking for yourself for months. It’s been a weekly rotation of nutritious yet predictable classics, anything that takes less than 30 minutes to put together. You’ve done well, but you’re ready to indulge and treat yourself after weeks of frugal living. So, we’ve found the perfect new spot to do just that.

Introducing The Mayflower, a new luxe cafe that has just landed in the heart of Darlinghurst. If you’re searching for a beautiful dining experience, look no further than this luxe new spot. The Mayflower finds its home inside a converted 90s Art Deco space (once home to a florist), which has now been lovingly renovated into a lush cafe setting.

One look at this spot and you’ll know what we’re talking about: expect a stunning heritage facade, pendant lights, floral installations and plush seating at every turn. It’s an elegant space that’s been tastefully designed with curated interiors.

But aside from its good looks, The Mayflower also delivers an elevate cafe dining experience not to be missed. Open for both breakfast and lunch, the menu here is unlike your typical brunch eats: indulge in fine foods such as caviar, truffles, Kingfish sashimi and so much more.

The real star of the show here is the venue’s exclusive Caviar Service where diners can experience delicious premium Italica Osietra Caviar or Black Pearl Beluga Caviar (the most famous of all caviars), served with blinis, crème Fraiche, egg mimosas and chives. Whilst these gourmet treats come at a cost (anywhere from $168 to $338), it’s a luxe option for a special occasion.

But for those looking for a more modest affair, you can find more affordable brunch and lunch options including a classic Croque Monsieur ($16), French Toast Brule ($16) and hearty lunch options such as a Wagyu Cheeseburger ($14), Truffle Pasta ($24) and so much more. To wash it all down, order a delicious cup of specialty coffee, a gourmet PS40 hand-crafted soda, fresh kombucha or juice.

Plus did you know The Mayflower is now open for dinner? As day turns to night, the restaurant’s floral theme continues into its dishes and cocktails which are served with edible florals. A must-try is the strong but sweet Mayflower Old Fashioned with cognac, raw sugar, and orange bitters ($20).

To start, we ordered the Tuna Tartare ($33), featuring fresh yellowfin tuna, watermelon, yuzu soy dressing on black-sesame rice crisp, and finished with gold leaf atop of the caviar. And who can resist a croquette? Pricey at $6 each but then again, these croquettes are fancy – smoked eel and potato on a bed of citrus mayo.

Vegetable side dishes are made into centerpieces and the cauliflower ($21) took centre-stage, served with a curry coconut cream, puff rice, hazelnuts, and chili lime leaf. We followed the informed directive of our waiter and ordered the Glacier51 Toothfish ($42) as our main and it did not disappoint, featuring miso, shiokoji (natural seasoning used to enhance the umami), and pickled ginger.

And to finish, we could not leave out dessert, opting for the cloud-soft luscious meringue ($15) made with three different forms of raspberries. The Mayflower is ideal for drinks with the girls or a date night with your darling.

The Mayflower is located at 2/303A Liverpool St, Darlinghurst and will be open for dining in and takeaway 7am – 3:30pm, 7 days a week. Plus, The Mayflower is now open for dinner Tues-Saturday from 5pm-10pm. Find out more here.