Author: Zahra Emily

Tivoli Road Bakery / South Yarra

In the pretty, tree lined streets of South Yarra you’ll find the cute little bakery and coffee shop, Tivoli Road Bakery. The space is relatively small but we’ll configured with polished marble floors, a mesh of wood and white. The offerings are what you would expect, mostly just bakery items with some small meals available. Tivoli do a delicious coffee, creamy and strong with a nice mouthfeel. Our first choice of baked good was a rhubarb Danish. It had that nice golden colour you want to see and with light and crispy pastry. Filled with a creamy creme patisserie, we loved the combination of the soft rhubarb and the crunch of the pistachio. We were hoping for donuts, but the closest item they had when we visited was a morning bun. A crispy, croissant pastry delight filled with creme patisserie, plenty of sugar and raisins. It was our first foray into the morning bun and we would definitely choose them again. Tivoli Road is lovely spot and a must visit for South Yarra locals. Be …

Le Bakehouse / Brunswick East 

Le Bakehouse is the newest opening in hipster Brunswick East. It’s in our hood AND there’s coffee and baked goods? We’re in! We loved the contemporary and edgy fit out. The space is bold, modern and very spacious. The branding is on point, a twisted croissant smile, a little French inspiration and bright pinks to catch the eye. There’s an impressive array of sweet delights made in store. They’re pricey, with a chocolate brioche costing over $7, but fresh, delicious and oh so instagrammable. It was a difficult decision but we decided to try the brioche and a donut. When dining with @thedoughnutter (check out Instagram) one always has a donut. Both were utterly delicious. The Creme patisserie and the crispy, light donut were perfect, but it was the rich extravagance of the brioche that really stole the show. I mean there’s even gold leaf. But that chocolate was truly heavenly! Le Bakehouse is a wonderful addition to the East Brunswick scene and sits well amongst local favourites 400 Gradi and Woodstock. Be sure to …

Kitty Burns / Abbotsford

Hidden away near the river and behind some flashy new apartments is the new cafe Kitty Burns. We dropped in for breakfast before heading to IKEA for furniture buying and 500 Days of Summer re-enacting. Designed by Biasol: Design Studio, the fit out is truly stunning. It’s fully formed and realised, an Odyssey of aqua, copper, white and wood. It’s not surprising that since our visit they’ve won the International Restaurant & Bar Design Award for Best International Cafe Design. Like the cafe itself the menu arrived fully formed, despite being a recent opening. Our first choice was the theatrical smoked salmon. The smoke billowing out as you opened the lid created a real stir. Along with the salmon was a slow cooked egg, and bacon crumb on top of a pea panna cotta. While initially set the panna cotta warmed and became liquid fast. The smoke flavour was the definite highlight of this dish. Unsurprisingly we also chose something sweet. A French toast with a coffee ganache. Compressed peach and whipped maple as well …

Industry Beans / Fitzroy 

Fresh from the deconstructed coffee controversy (FYI nothing to do with them – thanks Daily Mail) and hidden away in the heart of Fitzroy is Industry Beans. They’re a combined cafe and roastery, serving up excellent coffee in an uber cool space. As the name would suggest, the space is industrial sheek. There’s raw floors and marble counter tops, but my favourite feature has to be the black tiles and white grout. We started our meal with coffee roasted in house. It’s a very strong brew with a knockout hit on the first mouthful. Our first meal was an omelette with crispy kale, bacon and pine nuts. It was well seasoned and nicely cooked. While being green and healthy it was also meaty and satisfying, a great compromise dish. We also went for the coconut crusted brioche with lime curd, coffee caviar, peanut crumb and pineapple. It was a fantastic Asian inspired combination. We loved the tartness of the curd and the nuttiness of the peanut with a light brioche. While this wasn’t a French …

Up in Smoke / Footscray

Up in Smoke is an American BBQ joint making waves out west. While we’d been keen to visit for some time we left it quite a while after opening to pay Up in Smoke a visit. We sat outside in the sunshine, it was warm, fresh and very pleasant. We were hoping to try their meat but were unaware they weren’t available for a weekday lunch. Instead we chose a range of everything else on offer. Starring with a creamy and tangy potato salad. Next up, cheesy and spicy corn on the cob – something we’ll always order should we come across it on the menu. We also tried the ridiculously good BBQ rubbed fries, delicious for having soaked up all the meaty, fatty, crispy  bits. We also opted for a Mini kransky dog, super crispy, meaty, cheesy and delicious flavour burst! Given we couldn’t try their BBQ meats we went for the only options on offer. A real star was the brisket burnt ends burger. All I can say is that if this is …

Rudimentary / Footscray

Rudimentary is a cool little spot in up and coming Footscray. It was created as a community space, to turn land that wasn’t used into a hub for the people in a sustainable and innovative way. You’ll find it situated inside  three shipping containers and populated with the most fantastical swivel chairs. The cafe is polished, clean and modern, despite the retro additions (where does one even find swivel chairs these days?). We ordered our usual lattes. Small Batch coffee treated well created a creamy and rich coffee with a lovely mouthfeel. Finally the breakfast, beef brisket with egg, corn and guacamole. The brisket was nicely cooked but the dish as a whole needed more flavour, more sauce, more guacamole to bring it all together. The egg was cooked perfectly and the yolk helped by acting like a sauce. We look forward to seeing Rudimentary grow and evolve in this great part of Melbourne. Be sure to hit the follow button to keep up to date with the latest foodie goodness! You can now find me on instagram and Facebook!

Seven Seeds / Carlton South

Welcome to Seven Seeds, an edgy converted warehouse and coffee roasters located conveniently close to Melbourne Uni. The space is large, with stunning high ceilings and the kind of hipster-sheen fit out Melbournites are well accustomed to. Think wood, raw brick and raw floors. We adored the coffee at Seven Seeds, it was mellow and creamy but also rich with a sweet finish. Their menu was similarly interesting with plenty to choose from at our visit. Most intriguing though was the french toast with pumpkin custard (yes you read that correctly) mascarpone, pecan and a blueberry coulis. This wasn’t an overly sweet breakfast dish and would suit those with a savoury bent looking for something different. We loved the flakiness of the brioche and the juxtaposition of the crunchy pecan crumb with the creamy mascarpone. Don’t mess with a classic unless it’s something spectacular, fortunately this was! The warmth of the hollandaise, the creaminess, poached eggs and the chunky ham in the crispy waffle made this new take on an eggs benedict and instant classic. …

Donut Shop: Donuts and Coffee / Fitzroy

Donut Shop: Donuts & Coffee are so obsessed with donuts that they can’t help but mention them twice before you’ve even stepped in the door. With all the donut shops in the CBD it makes sense that Fitzroy has it own haven for the lovers of sweet round treat!Donut Shop operate out of a small but comfortable cafe on Gertrude street. It’s minimal and simple in its aesthetic, right down to the hand painted menu on the wall. The service is quick and easy, grab a coffee and pick a donut from the display, or in our case, multiple donuts!We started with the classic, a Long John. It’s hard to resist the fresh and light donut, with its intense jammy hit and the indulgence of cream. If you like pina colada…. Next up was the Pina Colada Creme Brûlée. It really did have that wonderful crunch as you bit down,  and a light coconut and pineapple filling. We’re all about donuts that taste like our favorite cocktails, so this one was a definite winner! Donut Shop: …

Breakfast Thieves / Fitzroy 

With a name like breakfast thieves, how could we go wrong? What had they stolen, we’re not sure, but what we can tell you is that you’ll find this lovely venue at the corner of Gore and Rose Street amongst picturesque Fitzroy.    The cafe was relatively small with some larger communal tables inside as well as smaller tables around the outside of the room. Breakfast Thieves is good at bringing the outside in, windows all around draw in light and make the tables out the front of the cafe even more inviting. We started our meal with coffees, our order was taken straight away and we were given a menu to peruse.  Breakfast Thieves serve up a Reuben Hills brew. It was creamy and sweet, tasty but not overly strong. Our first choice was ‘The Legend’, a baked egg dish that’s a little different. Too many Cafes think a baked eggs dish is just about egg and tomato. Breakfast Thieves knows that it’s not – it’s about building a complex mix of flavours from the …

Flora and Fauna / Northbridge

On our recent return to Perth we checked out the tiny little cafe, Flora and Fauna. When we say little we really do mean it, this cafe is seriously tiny with seating space located in the Northbirdge arcade. Flora and Fauna is designed to be cute and charming it’s definitely achieved that. It’s the mismatched chairs, flowers and vintage decorations that have obviously be combined with care. But consider yourself warned, because there’s such a small amount of tables the staff are very vigilant in ensuring you’re sitting in the appropriate one. It can be a bit off putting, especially if you’re sitting at the right table but waiting for friends. The menu at Flora and Fauna vegan and vegetarian, with mostly healthy and some sweet eats. You’ll need to place an order at the counter and your meal will be brought out to you. We started with a light and fresh strawberry sunshine juice, and a decent but not otherwise particularly memorable latte. Our meals came soon after, and it was obvious they were …