All posts tagged: Brunswick

Brunswick Foodstore / Brunswick

   Brunswick Foodstore has a really nice feel about it. There’s some places that capture good vibes and this large and open cafe with a hipster edge has done just that. There’s lots of tables and no fighting for elbow room. We took a seat at far side near the counter and found the staff quick to provide menus and take our orders. The Brunswick Foodstore serve Toby’s Estate coffee but we didn’t find it to be a particularly interesting blend and it was unfortunately a little over extracted. First up was the sumptuous ricotta hot cakes. The ugly but delicious, or ‘picnic’ of the breakfast world, the photo really doesn’t do these hotcakes justice! They were well cooked and full of juicy berries, with a sweetness to it. The vanilla ice cream, cinnamon and pistachio were welcome additions. Next up, stuffed french toast! This one was exciting, banana and walnut stuffed french toast, served on a bed of strawberry and roast walnut and topped with bacon. Unfortunately the toast was a little eggy and …

Wide Open Road / Brunswick

Another of our new locals is another converted warehouse, Wide Open Road. The space is huge, the ceilings high and the counters large and menacing. It’s everything that’s cool right now contained all in one place, just like the terrariums on the tables or the bikes parked haphazardly outside.   There’s definitely a wait for tables, but it’s worth it. Wide Open Road was the weekend destination for what seemed like half of Brunswick, post workout coffees, morning after dates and families as well as chilled solo diners made up the tables.  The menu is fairly expansive with breakfast, brunch and lunch choices and specials, it wasn’t an easy decision! First up though we started with drinks. If there’s one thing Wide Open Road are serious about, it’s coffee and after many take-aways we were looking to a relaxed dine in coffee. Our first coffee was creamy and the rich, slightly acidic at first but finishing with a subtle sweetness. We enjoyed it so much we ordered a second, this one was a little more …

Union Street Brewers / Brunswick

Sydney Road is home to a rich and vibrant food scene, but it definitely isn’t all Brunswick has to offer! You’ll find Union Street Brewers, unsurprisingly, on Union Street and close to Jewell station. The cafe is large and open, with a pleasant airy-ness, pale wood and white walls. There’s cute decor like floating plants, plenty of room to make yourself at home for breakfast or to wait for your takeaway coffee. On a weekday morning there was certainly plenty of take aways as people started their day! Union Street Brewers have their own coffee, roasted offsite by the owner. We found their brew to be creamy, bringing out a filter-like flavour at a perfect temperature. This made is very happy customers! Our savoury dish was a baked eggs which we added lamb hash to, and was served with bread. The bread was deliciously fresh and perfect for dipping in the spicy bean mix, a great kick to start your morning. The lamb hash was a good addition, tender meat that melted in your mouth. …

Two Little Piggies and Many Delicious Meals / Brunswick

Two Little Pigs is a bright yellow presence on Sydney road in Brunswick, they are both a coffee shop and a charcuterie. Isn’t Melbourne a wonderful place? This is another local cafe for us and we’ve found the staff to be welcoming and friendly on our coffee runs so we decided to make a visit especially for breakfast. There’s table service so you can sit down and settle in, we found they took our coffee orders immediately while giving us time to peruse the menu. The coffee at Two Little Pigs was strong but smooth and creamy. Served with lovely latte art, it was obvious the baristas put a lot of care into making our coffee, the same experience we’ve had with their take aways. When at a charcuterie one makes the most of their breakfast! This is not a dish for the feint hearted, it’s a rich, meaty way to start the day. A selection of cured meats, Spanish blood sausages, duck liver pate, tomato and pickle. The pickle was perfect to cut the …

All Day Donuts / Brunswick

  Doughnuts are wonderful. I don’t think I can recall anyone who actually dislikes them, and whoever first had the thought that a cream filled hoop of delicious-ness would be a great breakfast has my thanks.   Now having a handmade doughnut shop in your neighborhood is surely living the dream. Especially such a charming little shop as All Day Doughnuts in Brunswick!   You can buy donuts for $5 for filled donuts and $4 for a glaze. There’s a few options to choose from and you can see them being made fresh in the kitchen!   I went with a strawberry cheesecake donut, unable to resist the pink frosting! The donut was light and soft, the icing tasted as good as it looked with a delicious strawberry flavour. The filing though was an absolute star, a delicious custard with vanilla and that cheesecake tang.   Ultimately these donuts are so fantastic because they’re so fresh, it really is the difference between a good donut and a great donut!  All Day Donuts are open Wednesday …

Code Black Coffee / Brunswick

Code Black is our new local! This cannot be good for my caffeine intake… You may remember my ravings about their beans at Maven Espresso, as well as Architects and Heroes in Perth, so it will come as no surprise that I was really looking forward to this visit!Code Black is located in a modern and spacious warehouse. The large size showcases the furniture and the coffee counter while leaving room for retail goods and some tables without feeling crowded. There was no surprises that Code Black serve the sublime and ridiculous, this is a food philosophy we can wholeheartedly get behind!   We started with lattes. The coffee was rich and full bodied with a light acidity. For those unsure of what the difference between bitter and acidic, it’s an interesting flavour contrast. Bitter is a negative term, it’s something that comes from the caffeine content in the coffee and is more common in a darker roast. Acidity however is present in well extracted coffee and can be reminiscent of fruits or even wine. This was …

Mr and Mrs Howell / Brunswick

There’s something wonderful about your first night in a new city, that excitement of exploring and finding your new ‘local’. It’s almost overhwleming coming from Perth to Brunswick and seeing just how much there is in our new little corner of the world! To say we were excited was an understatement, so we decided to start closest and work our way out, beginning at the hipster cool eatery, Mr and Mrs Howells on Sydney rd. The interior was narrow but pleasant, with sunlight streaming in from the big front windows. The feel was casual with a vintage cool fitting with the hipster brunswick area. We were served promptly and given a menu full of delicious things to choose from and selected a rose to enjoy while we perused. We’re a little obsessed with goats curd right now and couldn’t help but order the almond crusted goats curd with honey for an entree. It was oozing, sweet and sticky with a light warmth. The curd was easy to spread onto the bread crisps and felt like …

Green Refectory / Brunswick

The Green Refectory is a local institution on Sydney Road, loved for their cheap and cheerful meals and long opening hours. There always seems to be a line on weekends, making it difficult to get into door of the cafe, let alone find a table. You’ll need to order at the counter and the queue can be crushing, keep that in mind before getting a seat at the front tables! It’s also a cash only establishment, a bit of an inconvenience, though there’s ATM’s close by if you need them.The coffees at the Green Refectory are popular mostly for their $3 price tag. Considering how cheap the coffee is, it’s decent, but obviously not a specialty coffee. If you’re looking for a better brew in the Brunswick area you can always head over to Code Black or Wide Open Road after your meal. Our first selection from the menu was the Eggs Benedict for $11. It’s a large serving considering the price, but it’s a little odd that tomato was included, perhaps to bulk up the …

Hammer and Tong, Brunswick

Hammer and Tong is one of those cafes. You know the ones that generate a lot of buzz but at the same time are shrouded with a sense of exclusivity and mystery. You’ll find the cafe off Brunswick st with very little signage and you probably need to know what you’re looking for in order to find it. Inside you’ll find cool people. Foodies with cameras out, people that make the game ‘hipster or homeless’ entertaining and the hippie with a bowler hat and a bird on her shoulder. We may not be as cool as those people, but they are some of the reasons we loved Hammer and Tong, it’s on the edge, both with it’s cuisine and in those people who frequent it. We really enjoyed the coffee at Hammer and Tong, it was obviously brewed with care and was a creamy and flavoursome coffee. They use Dukes Espresso, a roaster based in Melbourne that you’ll also find in house at Small Print, in the Perth CBD. We also tried their aero press, …