Despite 2020 (enough said), our mouth-watering Winter Menu has rolled out with some stand-out new dishes to try, available now at your local Stellarossa café.

Canadian French Toast with Caramelised Banana, Bacon & Candied Walnuts

You probably already know that each Stellarossa café is a bit unique, with our menus across the network having a ‘Core’ range, available at most of our cafes, and an ‘Elective’ range. We give Franchise Partners the recipes and necessary tools, and they test them out in their kitchens to see how suitable they are for their cafes, and then build the remainder of their menu with the Elective dishes that suit their local guest’s wants and needs.

For the Core Menu, we added a melt-in-your-mouth and on-trend slow-cooked Beef Brisket to the kitchen prep list, which allowed for some tenacious new dishes including a Breakfast Ragu with Poached Eggs, a scrumptious Smokey Chipotle Pizza with prosciutto, and a hearty tomato Ragu Orecchiette. We also introduced the Crispy Ricotta, Pea & Chive Fritters which are packed with lots of veggies and healthy proteins, and bolstered our popular Milk Bun French Toast range with a new kid on the block that has crispy bacon, cinnamon ricotta, caramelised maple banana and toasted walnuts for a sweet and satisfying crunch!

The remainder of the new dishes were added to our Electives library, which gave the Franchise Partners some exceptional options to provide their guests with the deliciousness they’ve come to expect from our cafes. Having too many seriously good options to choose from to make up their menus is just the kind of impassioned dilemma we like to subject our Franchise Partners to.

Five new hand-stretched pizzas graced the menu options, including an Angry Tiger Prawn, a Sea Salt & Kibbled Pepper Salmon, and a Spiced Pulled Lamb Shank. We have six new pasta options like the vegan Roasted Asparagus & Balsamic Linguine, a Chilli & Garlic Calamari Orecchiette and a Pan-fried Roast Pumpkin Ravioli in Sage Butter with herbed ricotta and candied walnuts.

Spiced Lamb Shank Pizza (2)
Roast Asparagus & Cherry Tomato Linguine
Roast Sweet Potato & Caramilised Onion Pizza

The vegan options did not stop there since we understand there’s a growing market of health-conscious and environmentally responsible consumers frequenting our cafes. The word vegan certainly no longer means uninspiring or bland dishes, as we’ve proven with the likes of a Field Mushroom Parmigiana with Tomato Sugo & Pea Pesto share plate, and the Moroccan Char-grilled Pumpkin & Pearl Cous Cous Salad that oozes wholesome freshness and is topped with slivered almonds for a texture kick.

There was also some new house-made Soup varieties and a Benedict Sliders Brunch Board for two, with flavour highlights such as pistachio dukkah and house-made gremolata.

We’re pretty confident we’ve got all the ingredients for success in this Winter Menu, and the labour of love has definitely been worthwhile. We encourage you to get out to your favourite Stellarossa soon, to support local and try out some of the new flavours.

Now, with that all said and done, it’s time for us to go and start preparing for the Summer Menu.