Recommended by a colleague, The Lokal is one of the very few cafes that piqued my interest as they make many things such as yogurt, smoked salmon and ricotta from scratch in-house. What's more eggs Benedict appears to be the poster child for a run-of-the-mill cafe and that is not something you would find here.
The pork sausage burger exceeded my expectations with an incredibly juicy and squishy patty. With a slice of fresh pineapple and moreish onion jam at play, it was sort of the burger fit for breakfast or by the poolside - comforting yet without feeling heavy.
The crisp golden fries were a work of art, so here's another photo to illustrate their utmost glory. Ahhh... I am still thinking about them!
I had to try their house-smoked mackerel, which certainly brought back find memories of smoked fish breakfasts my family had in London. That dollop of ricotta by its side was a mistake - the server thought I wanted a side instead of the dish below. And she didn't even flinch when I placed an order for these two things. Inscrutable.
The presentation was quite a sight to behold! Mountain-load of smashed avocado and house made ricotta smothering a buttered slice of sourdough. A drizzle of EVOO and sprinkling of pomelo and crushed almonds livened up the dish, but I couldn't help but wish for a good crackling of freshly grounded pepper to perk things up.