Richmond has a wealth of great breakfast choices, and Pillar of Salt is one of those names that will come up time and time again. You’ll find it on Church Street just a bit further along from those crazy queues at Top Paddock. In the Melbourne way, it’s a narrow cafe but every bit of space is used. Twisting around the corner with an outdoor area to be found out the back. We nestled ourselves in across from the kitchen, under the raw brick walls that lead you through to the outer courtyard. The coffee at Pillar of Salt is just beautiful. Their blend is bright, light and creamy, a perfect accompaniment to breakfast and start to the day.
The menu is interesting, there’s some more recognisable dishes but also the unique and challenging like our first choice, the Sardines. We added hollandaise, a rice and creamy salve to the saltiness of the fish. Likewise the tomato was perfect to cut through the richness of the rest of the plate. Our second dish was the Blueberry and Maple Pancakes. It was unfortunately served cold, we watched as it sat on the counter, waiting for the Sardines to be ready. While their timing wasn’t good, the flavours in the dish were outstanding. The fresh strawberry, mango and blueberry infused maple syrup’s sweetness was offset by the light tang of the green tea jelly and the sour of the Creme fraiche. Always interesting in the mouth, light but sweet, tangy but rich, the flavours were divine. The pancakes themselves were light and fluffy but the time spent waiting had caused the sauce to soak in and get rather soggy.
While we really enjoyed our visit to Pillar of Salt it would have been spectacular with the pancake stack served hot. Regardless we would certainly come back for more!