The last time that I visited Axil Coffee Roasters was the day my brother first started school at Swinburne. He’s now nearing the end of his second year. The reason why I hadn’t been back in such a long time was due to an underwhelming experience with their red velvet pancakes. I had gone in there with high hopes from all of the rave reviews floating around online but alas, it was much too dense for my liking.
Recently photos have surfaced from Axil that made me rethink making another trip there. The photos were of some utterly delicious-looking waffles in flavours that would bring any adult right back to their childhood. Ferrero Rocher, hells yes. Golden Gaytime? It’s Australian. Look it up.
While I was originally looking forward to trying one of the aforementioned flavours, they were unfortunately unavailable on the day that we went. Instead a new special flavour was on the menu that day: Cherry Ripe.
Cherry Ripe Waffles $16
You can only imagine my delight when I was presented with this deconstructed conceptualisation of an Aussie childhood favourite that we’ve all grown up with. A combination of cherry sorbet and raspberry syrup atop a dark chocolate waffle with coconut shavings. When eaten all together, it surprisingly did taste just like the chocolate bar.
But that’s where it all stops for me though. Sadly the waffle tasted quite dry and the sweetness from the syrup didn’t do much to alleviate the problem. Neither did the overall tartness from the cherry sorbet. Altogether it just made me reach for my glass of water continuously.
However if I had to pick something that I had liked, it’d be a toss up from the slightly salty coconut shavings down to the almost sickeningly sweet little pieces of dried cherries found throughout the dish. As for that piece of cotton candy on top? It didn’t really add any flavour or texture to the dish so we were left quite confused as to why it was there to begin with.
Squid Ink Linguini $25
Moving onto now to the hero dish of the day: this squid ink linguini tossed with ocean trout, roasted peppers, chilli and white wine. I’ve only ever had a few squid ink pasta dishes in my life but I can confidently say that this one was the best by far. The tiny pieces of trout just came apart so well in your mouth and that pasta was so beautifully silky and perfectly cooked. Next thing we know, Adeline and I had already called out for a second order of the dish (much to our waiter’s surprise).
Interestingly enough we noticed some differences between our two servings (first dish pictured below). First of all there was a lot more sauce in the first dish. And of course that was one of the first things that I noticed because who doesn’t love sauce? Especially delicious ones like these that taste like nectar from the heavens. However there was more pasta in the second dish which was nice. But still, look at that sauce tho.
Other Squid Ink Linguini
If I needed a good reason to come back to Axil, this dish above would surely be it. I’ve heard that the coffee here is supposedly great too but as a non-coffee drinker, I am unable to weigh in on this. What I can suggest though if you ever plan to make a visit here is to skip the overhyped dessert dishes and try out some of their enticingly savoury breakfast or lunch options instead.
Skip the dessert dishes, go for savoury. Case in point: this squid ink pasta above.
Axil Coffee Roasters
322 Burwood Rd,
Hawthorn VIC 3122