We always love a timeless reference to an absolute classic, so it only makes sense that our morning meal at Short Round (a beloved character from Indiana Jones and The Temple of Doom) was definitely well loved.
Having been eager to explore more options for breakfast in Thornbury and Northcote, we ventured up High Street and happily decided on the quite simple looking exterior (little did we know how gorgeous the side of the building was, fully taking in the heritage of the locale).
Early on a Sunday, there were always going to be seats, but the interior space was surprisingly large, with lots of nooks and crannies (though it did fill up quite quickly as our meal wore on). Nice modern touches blend well with vintage themes, and the amount of greenery present paired with the wooden elements very nicely.
Coffee came quickly and deliciously of course, as one expects this day and age. With the number of killer coffee shops around the area, this is a simple non-negotiable. But it was creamy and light, with nil-bitterness.
As is our constant struggle, the question of whether to have sweet or savoury consumed us. In the end, our first dish was a bit of both. The Golden Polenta Porridge, with maple syrup, bacon chunks, mandarin segments, crunchy filo and mascarpone mixed through was a unique dish. The polenta porridge on its own was a little bland, though decidedly savoury. When eaten with the maple syrup, complexity arrived, and certainly when combined with the other flavours the dish became a unique and enjoyable offering. We’d gladly give it another go!
With the question of the polenta’s sweet/savoury dichotomy decidedly unanswered, we decided to go for a wholly sweet affair for our other dish. The House Baked Pear Tarte Tatin, with whiskey sauce and vanilla mascarpone was an absolute stunner. Something so decidedly French has to be delicious and it delivered in abundance. The pear was perfectly cooked, the pastry buttery and flaky where it needed to be, and crunchy everywhere else. The mascarpone was a delightful lightness in contrast to the superb caramel whisky sauce. A very inspiring dish and definitely something to go back for!
Overall, we were smitten with Short Round and only if we lived closer to enjoy breakfast in Thornbury more! We’ve got other reviews from the area across the blog, and be sure to check in on Facebook and Instagram for more delicious breakfast reviews.