Pronounced guest, Gæst is a Nordic cafe in our very CBD that dishes up simple bites from sandwiches to brunch fare. 'Nordic' may sound a little exotic - at least to me it did - but a quick glance at its layout and interior should make for a pretty good guess. Simple light-coloured woods and whites reminiscent of Ikea well reflects Gæst's food philosophy, of simple, fuss-free, yet absolutely delicious food.
Potato ($13++) - Salt boiled potato, lemon and salt marinated leeks, hazelnut and rye crunch, pea tendrils & smoked mayonnaise
A potato sandwich may sound ghastly cause of the double carbs and all, but Gæst's rendition tasted unbelievingly good. The best way to describe it would be the perfect baked potato, in a sandwich. With more depth and flavour the smoked mayo was better than the usual sour cream; the potatoes were moist and seasoned; but my favourite was the hazelnut and rye crunch. Salty, earthy and slightly smokey, it tastes exactly like the crumbled applewood bacon I have (more than I should) with my baked potatoes. It's amazing how the people behind Gæst managed to recreate these amazing flavours.
Chicken ($14++) - Roasted chicken breast, lemon marinated celery stalk, green apple, pea tendrils & fresh herb cream
Great condiments, generous servings of meat and veggies, this was another sandwich I enjoyed thoroughly. Delicate flavours that are very light on the palate, so it may not be the favourite of those who loves strong For that portion of chicken breast it's shocking Gæst prices it so reasonably, even on the lower side.
Pork ($14++) - Roasted pork with crackling, orange marinated red cabbage with parsley, red apple & mustard mayonnaise
If anything, this sandwich is the epitomy of meat heaven. Beyond generous servings of juicy, succulent, and extremely lean pork; salty, crisp crackling; and amazing slaw and apple slices to provide that tinge of sweetness and crunch. Absolutely mindblowing. It's by far one of the best sandwiches I've had, so much that I've eaten it thrice in a week. A perfect melody of textures and flavours, it is a must-try at Gæst.
Scrambled eggs and salmon ($15++) - Scrambled eggs & locally cold smoked salmon. Served with a side salad and homemade sourdough bread.
Fluffy and moist scrambled eggs, huge thick slices of smoked salmon, a well-seasoned side salad, and great bread: a simple, but well-prepared brunch item. Every component was executed perfectly, and it was simply delicious. While I've raved about their sandwiches, less has been said about the backbone of the sandwiches - the bread. It'd be a great mistake to overlook them because Gæst bakes a mean sourdough.
Sandwiches and brunch plates aside, Gæst offers salads and soups that vary daily. With such huge servings offered below $20, it's got to be one of the most affordable sandwich/salad places in the CBD. Honestly though, with such good food I'd be more than willing to fork out a heftier sum.
21 McCallum Street
#01-01 The Clift
Mondays to Fridays: 7.30am-4.30pm