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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 …

Shamble Coffee Brewers / Melbourne CBD

Melbourne CBD coffee options are constantly evolving. Once upon a time, there were the odd breakfast locations, like Hardware Societe or White Mojo, which had amazing coffee but were often so busy it was impossible to get a speedy takeaway. Recently however, there has been a rise in “coffee only” cafes around town. They are often quite small, and generally only operate Monday to Friday, offering little more than pastries and sweets. But their coffee is spectacular, and the people brewing the coffee have a real passion for their craft and the people that come in on a regular basis. Every street you walk down, you’re bound to find some of these cafes springing up. Having changed roles, and moving from the Lonsdale Street side of town to the Collins Street end, it’s opened up a world of opportunity in terms of these smaller coffee joints. Wandering up Little Collins Street, I came across a cafe. Not that I knew what it was called, only seeing a generic “Coffee” sign. Inside, the Spartan concrete flooring …

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 …

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 …