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Padre | East Brunswick

We’ve been living in Brunswick for two and a half years, a part of the world where the entry requirements include knowledge of specialty coffee (the border patrol stop everyone at Brunswick Road – we take your coffee credentials real serious around here). We have a number of favourite coffee roasters that we visit on a regular basis, and they all offer incredible brews, obviously. The first coffee roaster we would like to highlight is Padre. Practically a Brunswick coffee institution, originally named The East Brunswick Project, this project soon became the fully formed entity that has spread its wings across a number of Melbourne’s cafes. From East Elevation just down the road to newer places like Heresy in the CBD, their beans are readily available, and thank god too! There’s clearly something in the beans, because everyone who ever visits Padre comes away with a smile. Even the staff are fantastic, and we often visit at 7am on the dot; right when they open. Their shop is hard to miss on Lygon Street, with a strong black …

Trunk Diner / Melbourne CBD

The American inspired Trunk Diner is a charming all day diner up the Exhibition street end of the CBD. Fresh from our New York odessy, an American breakfast sounded like just the thing. There is both indoor and outdoor dining space, the indoor is small but comfortable. The wrap round windows give it a feeling of space and connection with the outside world. It’s almost hard to believe you’re in the heart of the city. We started our meal with coffee, it had a lovely creaminess with sweet honey notes to finish. Our first dish was the El Gringo. A Mexican inspired breakfast with chorizo and sweet corn chimichanga’s, refried beans, queso and fried eggs. The chimichanga was an absolute winner and perfectly fried, we would have liked more bulk to the dish though, more refried beans to act as a carrier. If you’re going to go for a Mexican breakfast, instead of all the heuvos rancheros going round, why not try this? We’re always in the mood for a eggs benedict, so our next …

Sushi Nakazawa / Greenwich Village

It’s not often we’ll go out to eat without snapping photos of our meal, but this night out was different. We headed on a cold and rainy night to Sushi Nakazawa, a sushi bar with a unique story. Some of you might be familiar with the documentary by David Gelb, Jiro Dreams of Sushi. You may have noticed a kindly faced apprentice mastering the art of the tamago (egg custard), meet Daisuke Nakazawa who has since been tempted away to open his very own New York restaurant. What makes Jiro’s restaurant special, and the documentary such a hit was his unwavering devotion to his craft, it earnt him three Michelin stars and the undisputed title of the worlds best sushi. Like Jiro, Nakazawa is shonkunin; that is, defined by the mastery of his craft and the use of it for the betterment of society. Nakazawa serves only the finest sushi in a twenty course selection, there’s no additional seasoning, no soy sauce or wasabi and the sushi is to be eaten in a single bite. …

The Dojo Ramen Bar / Northcote

When you’re craving ramen, there is nothing for it but to drop everything and overload on Japanese food. We visited The Dojo Ramen Bar in Northcote for our fill of this delicious Japanese comfort food. The Dojo has a great feel about it. The space is casual and welcoming, cool but accessible. It aims to emulate the feel of Tokyo ramen bars while fitting the Melbourne scene. The menu has plenty of delicious foods to choose from and we ordered as much as possible to get a taste of everything. Our starters included old favourite edamame, crispy, salty Japanese fried chicken and Okonmyaki on a stick. This was a particular surprise as this dish is usually served almost like a cabbage pizza. The stick was easy to eat and had all the flavour of the original but did lose a bit of the crispness. We also tried the Pork Gyoza, served hot and crispy with a whack of flavour, and a refreshing sauce of vinegar, sesame and soy. Finally what we came for, the ramen! Our first choice …

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