Guilty pleasures at Cowch | The Gourmand & Gourmet

Guilty pleasures at Cowch

For those who want to have their cake and drink wine too, Cowch is the place for you. Geared towards comfort and belly-bursting satisfaction, Cowch brings together two of the very best excesses in life: sumptuous dessert and well-chosen wine, cocktails and beer. If you’re the kind who gets a craving for the sweet life but usually can’t decide whether to indulge in a tipple or something with a chocolate ripple, Cowch makes the decision easy and merges the two. Feeling a little sleepy after catching a romantic movie at South Bank cinemas? An Irish coffee topped with cream and cinnamon will help set you right. Torn between wanting a glass of merlot or chocolate fondue to finish off the evening? Cowch has that covered too, or you can just combine all three sins in one glorious glass of Coco Grande, a cheeky cocktail which mixes chocolate, rum and espresso. cowch interior Clearly unable to resist a good pun, the name itself provides a hint for what patrons are in store for. You’ll no doubt notice a specific theme that pervades the whole venue, with sleek and cheeky bovine accessories and elements popping up in the most unexpected of places (udder-shaped light fittings!). Before taking a seat on comfy couches or by the cozy fire pit, you can watch as dessert artists whip and whirl ingredients into whatever their cravings desire at a smorgasbord of sweet toppings that will have you feeling like a kid in a candy store. Lactose and liquor lovers are catered to throughout the day as well as the evening. The breakfast menu promises a spread as rich as it is extensive, with new twists on old favourites such as waffle bowls and pancakes Canadian-style. cowch fruit bowlFor those wanting something a little lighter, Cowch makes sure no-one gets left out by catering to the health-food set. Alongside the heady and near irresistible temptations of churros and pastries sit decidedly less sinful options like acai bowls, fresh fruit salad and muesli galore, as well as a variety of smoothies to suit all fruit and flavour preferences. If the relaxed atmosphere succeeds in seducing your inner Dionysus, you can always make breakfast a boozy one, with alcohol served with meals from 10am. Opening early and closing late most days, Cowch is the perfect place for a super sweet night out, or indulging yourself mid-morning, because hey, it’s 11am and you deserve some cake! Words by Kate Bethune