An in-vogue Eco apartment building in Brunswick is home to surprising cafe, the raw but cool Steam Junkies. It’s next to the train line, and a very cool looking wine bar which we’ll have to return to. It’s an interesting shaped cafe, small but not overly furnished, giving the feeling of a much larger venue. The polished concrete and exposed ceiling make this cafe industrial and sheek, with a few comforting touches and a bit of colour.
The menu is interesting, extensive for such a small cafe and with some specials thrown in on top. Steam Junkies serve up a Five Senses ‘Dark Horse’ blend. It’s a rich and fruity brew, tiptoeing the extraction line to get it just right. The milk though was a bit of a disappointment, it needed a bit more creaminess to get the right mouthfeel and texture.We started the meals with a Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict. It was a huge serving, a mountain of pork, topped with asparagus and a poached egg. The pork was wonderfully spiced but tended to overwhelm the rest of the flavours, especially given how small and thin the hollandaise was. Our sweet choice was a Stuffed French Toast, something I love but that doesn’t come up on menus often. A brioche toast, served with slivered almonds, earl grey poached fruit, mascarpone, stone fruit compote and a pistachio crumb, this dish was a bit of a flavour overload. The toast was nicely cooked and the textural almonds gave a delicious crunch. The fruit was tasty, though we seemed to be missing the compote and we couldn’t really taste the earl grey. The French toast was great but the flurry of fruit and sides needed to be refined for a more cohesive dish and to highlight how well the toast was cooked.
Steam Junkies shows a lot of promise, and we look forward to seeing what they grow into over time.