All posts filed under: French Toast

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 …

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 …

The Crux & Co / South Melbourne

The Crux & Co is the newest opening in South Melbourne. It’s such a beautifully curated space, full of light, sleek copper and pale pines. One of those cafes that pulls you in to take a closer look.With neighbors like Kettle Black and Bibelot – it’s in good company. Did South Melbourne need another patisserie? Maybe not – but this one has a signature unlike any other, the Crogel.The Crogel (pronounced just like it’s written and also known as a Crogle) is The Crux & Co’s newest creation, but what is it? Hybrid between bagel and croissant, the Crogel has the flaky goodness of a croissant and the shape and density of a bagel. In practice we found it to be just like a bagel shaped croissant. The buttery pastry is perfect with tangy cream cheese for breakfast. I’m not sure we would have tried the croissant and cream cheese combination otherwise! No longer must breakfast-goers choose between croissant and bagel, next time try a Crogel! Pastry aside, the Crux & Co also have specialty coffee and …

Cobb Lane / Yarraville

We have recently discovered how wonderful the Yarraville Village is. There’s so much to explore and do, while there we decided to visit Cobb Lane. It was a great spot, small but homely and with friendly and accomodating staff. We got there early to ensure we got a table, starring with coffees while waiting for the rest of our party to get there. It was definitely good we got there early, Cobb Lane got busy fast and their small amount of tables were soon full. Cobb Lane serve a Dukes espresso blend, so it’s really not surprising that it was delicious. Rich and fill flavoured with a lovely mouthfeel and a light acidity, it was exactly how we wanted to start the day. We’re really fond of fish for breakfast and we’re delighted to find a Grilled Mackeral on the menu at Cobb Lane. It came with rhubarb, ginger, horseradish creme fraiche and a slow cooked egg. It was a fresh dish, with plenty of flavour and creamy, without becoming overpowering. As you’d expect from …

Steam Junkies / Brunswick

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 …

Tbsp / Bayswater

There’s been a lot of improvements around the Bayswater area since we were last here. The best of these is Tbsp. a long and narrow venue that has opened in our absence. You’ll find it on King William Street, unassuming but comfortable in its simple fit out.  We enjoyed the light steaming in from the front window. Finding ourselves a table and a menu, we decided what we wanted before ordering and paying at the counter. We enjoyed our coffees, a nice flavour and foam, and served at a drinkable texture. The beautiful insulated glass was just a bonus. Tbsp. has taken some simple dishes and added a twist to make them very special. The highlight for us was the Kimchi Grilled Cheese. We decided to add bacon and the crew were nice enough to put it straight into our toastie. The presentation of this dish was stunning and the flavours just divine. The kimchi is perfect with the rich cheese, it cuts through and adds that chilli hit. Why no one has done this already (that …

Three Bags Full / Abbotsford

We started with the Hotcakes. Pretty as a picture on the plate, it was a delightful mix of elements atop a single large hotcake. It was these toppings that gave the dish sweetness, the fresh strawberry and stone fruit in particular, as well as the crystallised white chocolate. Though the flavours were predominantly sweeter notes of citrus, there was a bite of pineapple to cut the sweetness with a bit of zing. The creamy orange infused mascarpone was offset by the crunch of the almond flakes, and the lightness of the hotcake itself. It was a beautiful combination and a large serving, big enough to satisfy even the greatest appetite.

Toledo / Brunswick East

Our first selection was the French toast, served with berry and lemon mascarpone. The serving size was hugely generous, with two hulking pieces of toast that dwarfed the berries sitting on top. We found the toast to be a little soggy but with a lovely flavour; slightly sweet and no egginess. The lemon mascarpone was deliciously sharp and tangy, conplemented by the bright and sweet fresh blueberries and strawberries. This was a simple but tasty dish, both generous and warming to the soul.

Addict / Fitzroy

Even on a dreary Melbourne day you’ll find the dedicated brunchers out and about for something delicious. We made our way to Johnson Street in Fitzroy to try out Addict, ignoring the grey skies on the promise of coffee and breakfast. We’ve been on  many occasions for a take-away latte and sometimes even a donut or cupcake, but today it was time for something substantial. We love the venue, the staff were friendly and efficient, slinging coffees with a bit of flair and negotiating their way amongst the tables and diners. Addict do a lovely coffee, creamy with a nice mouthfeel. It’s rich and delicious; after one sip you’re already reaching for more. The menu had an abundance of sweet options when we visited and we couldn’t help but choose a couple of the more ridiculous. Going out in the rain for breakfast necessitates something delicious to make it worthwhile, fortunately there were plenty on offer at Addict. Our first choice, unsurprisingly if you know our obsession with this breakfast food, was French toast. It was …

Fifty Acres / Richmond

 On Bridge road in Richmond, traditionally a haven for bargain shoppers you’ll find a delightful foodie surprise. Fifty Acres is a charming cafe with a wonderful atmosphere, sure to draw you in for a break from shopping!  The interior is absolutely stunning. It’s simple, a play on light with industrial fittings and sleek minimalist decor. The service made an equally good impression. The staff at Fifty Acres were friendly, polite and professional and put you in a great mood as soon as you sat down.We started the day with a couple of lattes. Once again we were impressed by what we received. The Dukes blend was creamy, rich, bright and punchy. It was a wonderful way to start our morning and we ordered a second each soon after. Our second brews were equally delicious and arrived promptly, another tick for the service. Our first dish was pumpkin pancakes which we chose to add a little crispy bacon to. In this dish the pumpkin acts more as a carrier of flavour and adds moistness, so don’t be put …