2 Burnbank Street, Ballarat, Victoria
What a cool place, Eclectic Tastes in Ballarat has a great vibe and lives up to its name. The retro chic feel is inviting, alluring and captivating. Mismatched table settings, plastic cup lampshades, retro 70s Asian cinema posters and personal photographs are a creative sensory overload, but it works.
The menu, presented in children’s old-school Little Golden Books, is a sweet touch and it features a diverse cuisine spanning the globe. Middle Eastern, Asian or Australian; whether you come for dumplings at lunch or enjoy Moroccan baked eggs for breakfast like I did, the style of cooking is homely and considered. My baked Moroccan eggs (Shakshuka) were rich and flavoursome and the cumin spice was perfectly offset by the accompanying sour cream. For sweets I tried the pistachio and orange cake that was moist and dense and it was served beautifully with a sticky pomegranate molasses. The accompanying labneh was a terrific combination.
Eclectic Tastes is kooky, adventurous and very memorable for all the right reasons.