All posts filed under: Sweet

Humble Rays / Carlton

Fantastic Carlton breakfast spot, featuring amazing food and great coffee.

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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 …

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: …

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 …

Rustica Canteen / Melbourne CBD

  There’s so many wonderful lane way hideaways in Melbourne, some are harder to find than others but the journey of discovery is usually half the fun. Rustica Canteen is no exception. It’s one of the more hidden examples, down Guildford Lane and close by to Krimper and Shortstop Coffee and Donuts. While it’s exterior is unassuming, it hides something pretty special inside.    You might find yourself drawn to the impressive display of pastries, but trust us, resist, take a seat and give the breakfast menu a try. You won’t regret it!  Rustica Canteen has a comfortable and relaxed feel about it. It’s light and airy, using nature to decorate the space and complementing it with wooden furniture and fixtures. We started our meal with coffees. Our lattes had a beautiful mouthfeel, creamy texture and a rich flavour. Rustica is clearly somewhere that knows and appreciates a good brew. Our first choice from the menu was the Chilli Scrambled Eggs. The eggs were creamy and delicious, with a strong hit of spice. The addition of bacon had …

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 …