All posts tagged: Brunswick

Juanita Peaches / Brunswick

  Brunswick’s favourite little donut shop transforms overnight on Thursdays to Sunday’s into Juanita Peaches, an equally awesome dinner retreat. Not only can you get donuts and tacos (in food truck form) from the same locale, but fried chicken too? Well we were sold and visited the unassuming shop on Edward at as soon as we could. Nothing changes besides the menu, you’ll still find yourself inside raw brick walls with simple furnishings and touches of pink. You can see through the counter to the small kitchen and out the back to where the taco trucks are housed.  There’s a certain romance about a good fried chicken, it’s everything wonderful, crispy, salty, indulgent, but it’s not the only thing you can get from Jaunita Peaches. There are also refreshing beverages and burritos on offer, let’s face it though – I was there for the chicken. Also maybe the donuts, but mostly the chicken. Juanita Peaches fried chicken is everything we could hope for. It’s light, crispy and tender without being overly greasy and is served with well …

Foxtrot Charlie / Brunswick

   After some time exploring further afield we stayed closer to home to check out Foxtrot Charlie on Sydney road in Brunswick. In an urban area which is traditionally space-poor the huge space available at Foxtrot Charlie is quite a surprise when you walk in the door. Everything in the cafe is slick and polished, it’s modern with the quirky touches you’d expect from a Brunswick locale.  We started with lattes. The beans are roasted in house and the brew has a rich and full bodied flavour. It flits to the edge of extraction but remains perfectly balanced. Starting the day with a coffee like this will definitely put you in a good mood.Our first choice from the menu was a toastie, cheesy with thick cut ham hock and coated in a beschemel sauce. This toastie is just cheesy, creamy and all round delicious. There’s no better way to describe it than heaven on a plate. If you’re a fan of a good hunk of meat and cheese for breakfast than you’ll enjoy this dish! Finally …

Tom Phat / Brunswick

  Tom Phat is a restaurant we’d been planning to visit for some time before finally visiting for breakfast. The decor is Asian but the food served is definitely fusion, a mix of East and West cuisines that culminated in a breakfast menu we absolutely had to sample! A traditional coffee isn’t the best choice here though. It was over extracted and the micro-foam wasn’t quite right. A better choice next time will be a different beverage or an Asian coffee option.    One of the main reasons we visited was an infatuation with black sticky rice that meant we absolutely had to have it for breakfast. Of the meals that have been called dessert for breakfast as the trend grew over the last five years, Black Sticky Rice is certainly one of the more unusual.  It’s sticky, hot and sweet, nicely spiced without being overly spicy or sweet and with a pleasant coconut cream. There was a light, slightly tangy lychee too. Our only criticism would for there to be a bit more cream to balance …

Albert Street Food and Wine / Brunswick

 Wandering along Sydney Road uncovers many gems and Albert Street Food and Wine is one of them. Unsurprisingly located on the corner of Albert Street and Sydney road, the restaurant is large and open wi high ceilings and an inviting warmth which draws you in from the the street.   We got a table for six without a reservation on a weeknight but found the service incredibly slow. It was obviously designed to be a precisely timed process, leisurely enough to enjoy each step of the meal. With six indecisive people we were quite able to slow the process down all on our own. We ended up choosing a mix of small and large dishes to share.   First up was the octopus with olive. Unfortunately the olive overpowered the subtly of the octopus. It just didn’t balance out – black olives were wonderful but that was all we could taste. We also tried the pork belly. The crackling was great but we were missing the tender, melt in your mouth meat that we wanted. Pork belly can be …

Acustico / Brunswick

  We’ve been wanting to visit Acustico since we first arrived in Brunswick. This place is seriously cool, opening out from the counter out the front to a large open area at the back, full of things to capture the eye and the imagination.The longer you look the more you find to love and appreciate. We settled in at a table and our coffee orders were taken while we perused the menu. The service is quite relaxed, not surprisingly for a casual hide-away as unique as this one.Acustico serve nice coffee, creamy with some richness but a mostly smooth and mellow flavour. Our first selection was the porridge, the special of the day. It came with vanilla, rhubarb and hazelnut. It was a filling and sweet breakfast, but much healthier than many of the meals that have graced these blog pages.  For our next selections we went with the classic eggs on toast and our own add ons.One of these being the poached egg, chorizo and mushroom. We also tried the poached eggs, goats feta and chorizo. The toast …

Brunswick Burger Buzz / Brunswick

Some days you don’t want anything fancy, just a good burger and some fries and a quiet evening where no one has to do the dishes. There’s so much around Brunswick that often little gems are only discovered when ones ventures without a clear direction in mind and our wanderings lead us to Brunswick Burger Buzz on Sydney road.   For those who know the area the decor won’t surprise, it a but hipster, a bit eclectic. There’s doors on the walls and chairs that look like they once belonged to many different sets, while the restaurant itself is split into two halves that don’t quite line up. The service is relaxed and casual, everything takes a little other than you would expect it too, but it also creates that chilled vibe perfect for those wanting a quiet meal and a drink away from the noise and rush of Sydney road. Our first burger was the Buzz, with Australian inspired  fillings of beetroot and bacon as well as the usual suspects. I’m a huge fan of beetroot in …

Code Black Revisited / Brunswick

Being our local, it was inevitable that we would end up eating at Code Black again sooner or later! This time it was because we had friends staying with us and wanted to show them Melbourne in all of its foodie and specialty coffee glory. They were busy on a Saturday and though we got a table there weren’t any chairs with a back for those of us who need a bit of extra support. One of the staff members went above and beyond, disappearing and returning with a chair with a back, despite the packed out restaurant. It’s safe to say the whole table was impressed at the service we received.  While pondering the menu we ordered coffees. Our first coffee tasted great, but was rather lacking in presentation.  Our second coffees were back up to the standard we expected of Code Black, both in flavour and appearance. Our meals came out in a reasonable amount of time and the staff retained their friendly and upbeat service.   First up was a sweet option, crumpets served …

Tom Phat Dinner / Brunswick

After a pleasant breakfast at Tom Phat we were keen to return for dinner. It didn’t take us long to come back – the pull of this Asian hub on Sydney rd always draws a crowd for dinner. We started the meal with a mix of starters. We’re the kind of people that have difficulty choosing what we want from a menu, there’s always so much we’d love to try. We compensate by ordering a bit of everything and the strategy works well at Tom Phat. We went for the roti and satay, the salt and pepper squid, lamb rib as well as a single soft taco. The satay was all about the peanut. It was thick, chunky and full of flavour. We loved the feel of getting in with our hands and just smothering the roti in the sauce. Meanwhile the ribs were juicy and tender, sticky with a rich flavour. Eating with your hands gives a homely and relaxed feel to your meal. Finally the squid was salty and light. We prefer it …

Gu.E / Brunswick

  At the fringes of the Sydney road dining scene you’ll find Gu.E. A clean and cool Korean BBQ joint catering for all comers.     With exposed brick and postered walls Gu.E could just as easily be a hipster cafe as it could a BBQ restaurant. On first glance the smoke and meticulously set out placemats are all that indictable the restaurants true nature. You’ll find a range of options on the menu, smaller things to share, soups, noodles and BBQ dishes to suit all tastes. We ordered a collection of dishes so we could get a taste of as much as possible!     I have a real fondness for buns and couldn’t go past the beef buns on Gu.E’s menu. It’s something about the lightness of the bun and the tender meat, the texture and sweetness that I just adore. The beef was a slightly sticky sweet, juicy and tender with a mix of filling that made each bite exciting. We visited again to give these buns another shot and were equally impressed, they’re …

The Cornish Arms / Brunswick

     Ah the local pub, everyone’s favourite old reliable for satisfying food, questionable quality music and a good drink. The Cornish Arms pays homage to the old fashioned English pub with an older style building and facade with some modern improvements. There’s plenty of pubs and eateries around Brunswick, but we were drawn to the Cornish Arms for their weekly specials. There’s something different every day, but the prospect of a kransky was too tempting so we headed over on a Monday night for a feed!  The Cornish Arms is comfortable, with plenty of seating, table service, a beer garden and pool table if you fancy a game. Monday nights are also open mic so if you’re there past 8 you’ll be treated to the local talent.  We started our meal with wu-tang fries, chips served with cheese and gravy, much like the Canadian Poutine. We’re not sure what makes it like the American rap group, but melted cheese, gravy and hot chips is always a winner in our books.  Now what you’ve all been waiting …