We’ve recently found ourselves a new place to call home on our favourite part of the world, Brunswick. Conveniently nearby is A Minor Place, a thriving suburban cafe that feels miles away from the hubs of Sydney road and Lygon Street but is in fact nestled on Albion street in between the two.
It’s a bit ramshackle in its floor plan but The Minor Place appears to be a converted house boasting floorboards throughout and an inviting collection of open air tables around the front and side. The service is a little erratic, while all the staff are friendly they weren’t particularly organised and we’ve found in our visits that we are asked multiple times about coffee or foods orders or completely missed when trying to get about a menu. Takeaway is quite quick and if you’re ducking in for a coffee they’re usually fried yo, organised prompt. We started our meal with coffees. You’ll find A Minor Place is in the Melbourne Specialty Coffee book, quite an honour in this coffee obsessed city. We’ve had quite nice coffees here previously but on this occasion it was a little over-extracted. We’ve found that they can be a little inconsistent with their coffees but it’s so convenient and mostly delicious that I’m sure we’ll keep returning. First up we opted for something simple, bacon and scrambled eggs. The bacon had a nice char to it, a smokey flavour and the scrambled eggs were generous in size with a creamy texture. It’s a classic combination, executed just how we like them. It’s always satisfying when Cafes nail the basics. Our next dish was salted caramel pancakes with a honey mascarpone and poached pears. We were a little concerned it would be overly sweet but this was actually a well balanced dish. Everything was lovely when combined though we would have liked a thicker caramel. The pancakes were golden and served hot, the dish was perfectly topped off with the tangy, sweet, creaminess of the honey mascarpone.
We love the relaxed atmosphere and food and drink offerings at A Minor Place and will be keeping our eye on the specials board!