All posts filed under: Snacks

Phase One Coffee / Brunswick

Hidden away in Brunswick is a new little gem, Phase One Coffee. They’ve taken something the locals love (coffee and bagels) and combine it together with a spacious garden to make a unique cafe. The current arrangement is temporary, a part of the new urban hub being built with Neometro and Jewell Station apartments. It will grow as a community space, to include independent retailers, art projects and a bike workshop. Phase One do some fantastic brews. We’ve tried dine in and takeaway here and are always impressed. Todays was rich, creamy and a little fruity. Of course we had to choose a bagel to go with our coffee. I choose the local honey, peanut butter and banana on a plain bagel. The toppings were perfect, sweet, nutty and textural on a chewy bagel. There were also other delicious options, sweet or savoury to suit all tastes. We’d recommend you pop in say hi at Phase One and grab a brew and bagel in the garden or to go. Be sure to hit the follow button to …

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 …

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 …

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: …

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 …

Sam Sam / Melbourne CBD

  Fried chicken is an obsession of mine: Korean fried chicken definitely fits the bill. Sam Sam is recently opened, in the heart of the CBD on Bourke street. I visited with an equally fried chicken obsessed friend for a feed! The venue is narrow but modern, making most of the space with close tables and stools. You’ll need to wait to be seated but there is table service. The space can be a bit chaotic and the staff can find themselves distracted or overrun. We ordered the kimchi fries and chicken, not given an indication of how it would be served, we were expecting it to come out as ready.  We chose to share the Loaded Kimchi Fries, served with cheese sauce, sour cream, chilli, crispy pork belly and of course – kimchi! The flavours were delicious, a great combination, but we really wanted more of the fillings throughout. While we were expecting crispy pork belly in big chunks, it was actually smaller pieces, more like bacon bits, hidden inside. We ended up ordering another side …

Mile End Bagel / Fitzroy

 Mile End Bagel is one of those cool places you hear about and instantly want to visit. While the inside is very new, the outside is edgy and run down, disguising the true bagel-y goodness that hides within this Johnson St cafe!    There’s a lot of white, a clean and raw fit out, accented by soft pines and offering a look into the bagel making process. Mile End even have a great couple of guys behind the counter. Those familiar with Standing Room Only in the CBD will be gleeful when they realize that not only is there bagels, there’s specialty coffee too! We had a look at the menu and opted to dine in, first placing our order at the counter. There were ten options to choose from – not just a simple cream cheese on a sesame bagel (though they have that too!). As expected, the coffee at Mile End Bagel was delicious. The lattes were smooth, creamy, light and a touch sweet. Everything you could want in a morning brew. The only downside is …