All posts tagged: Fitzroy

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: …

Breakfast Thieves / Fitzroy 

With a name like breakfast thieves, how could we go wrong? What had they stolen, we’re not sure, but what we can tell you is that you’ll find this lovely venue at the corner of Gore and Rose Street amongst picturesque Fitzroy.    The cafe was relatively small with some larger communal tables inside as well as smaller tables around the outside of the room. Breakfast Thieves is good at bringing the outside in, windows all around draw in light and make the tables out the front of the cafe even more inviting. We started our meal with coffees, our order was taken straight away and we were given a menu to peruse.  Breakfast Thieves serve up a Reuben Hills brew. It was creamy and sweet, tasty but not overly strong. Our first choice was ‘The Legend’, a baked egg dish that’s a little different. Too many Cafes think a baked eggs dish is just about egg and tomato. Breakfast Thieves knows that it’s not – it’s about building a complex mix of flavours from the …

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 …

Stagger Lee’s / Fitzroy

We also went for the Willy Wonka Waffles, because we’re fans of both alliteration and also waffles are kinda great. This really was a marvelous and fantastical dish we were promised! The waffles were light and crispy, perfect with the huge array of topping like honeycomb ice cream, sea salt chocolate, popping candy and jellies. This was a dish that was an explosion of texture and temperatures. It excited the palette with flavour, the richness of the chocolate, the light and bright freeze dried raspberry and the crunch of honeycomb. Contrasted with the smooth shock of the cold ice cream and the bounce and crackle of the popping candy. It was nothing less than an absolute delight to devour.

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 …

Shifty Chèvre / Fitzroy

In the heart of Fitzroy on the ever cool Brunswick St, is the holy grail for cheese lovers, the Shifty Chèvre!  The Shifty Chevre is a cool little spot that’s more of a night-time bar destination, but we were pleasantly surprised that they also do breakfast. As far as we’re concerned it’s always time for cheese and the more the better! This is a restaurant that’s all about the cheese. Even so it has a lovely atmosphere with light windows and dark corners. There’s plenty of space and something quirky to take in wherever you look.We loved the cheese knifes with breakfast – it’s such an elegant piece of cutlery. Dare I say it again? This venue is all about the cheese!The coffee here was okay, nothing exciting and a bit hot and over-extracted for our tastes. Coffee doesn’t really seem to be their thing.Croque monsieur’s however are! It’s basically the ultimate toasty, served with a bechamel sauce on top and with loads of cheese inside. This particular beauty was a mix of three indulgent cheeses, …

Burnside / Fitzroy

  When wandering through Fitzroy and craving a coffee we stumbled upon Burnside on the corner of Smith and Gertrude Streets. It’s quite a relaxed cafe and the staff are friendly but casual. Most people seemed to be getting takeaways like us but there’s also some food options available. There’s a mix of smaller meals, toasts and toppings, savoury and sweet dishes. The simple meals match the chill vibe of the venue.  The coffee at Burnside was flavoursome without being knockout. It was smooth and soft with a wonderful mouthfeel. We’ll be sure to pop by again when we next find ourselves in Fitzroy! Be sure to hit the follow button to keep up to date with the latest foodie goodness! You can now find me on instagram and Facebook!

Po Boy Quarter / Fitzroy

  Po Boy Quarter has been recommended to us numerous times for their southern style comfort food and on a cold night we decided to give it a try. Haven’t heard of a po boy? It’s something a bit special, but nothing fancy. The Po Boy is thought to have got its name from a couple of former streetcar conductors who were selling them. When their former colleagues went on strike they gave them these sandwiches for free so they could eat. It wasn’t long before the sandwich became associated with the ‘poor boys’ who ate them and then shortened to the colloquial ‘Po Boy’. It’s Louisiana comfort food at its finest – fresh, crispy baguette, usually lots of meat, especially seafood, chicken or beef and often a spicy sauce of gravy. It may not be anything fancy – but boy is it delicious. We also tried the chili fries, coleslaw and potato cakes, a veritable feast with huge servings of everything. The chips were shoestring and the spicy mayo gave it a nice mix of cream, …

Eat a Scroll / Fitzroy

 Melbourne is so obsessed with donuts right now, but I think I may have just found the next sweet thing this city will fall in love with – scrolls. You’ll find all the scrolls you could ever want at Eat a Scroll, and they really seem to be onto something here. The staff are very friendly, the store isn’t too much to look at but there’s heart here, a kind of shabby sheek that makes you feel at home.     I seem to have got so distracted by the sweet delights at Eat a Scroll that I entirely neglected to tell you where it is. It’s suitably located in Fitzroy in the heart of infinitely cool Smith Street. The rumours are true, it is moving, but only a few doors up so there’s no need to worry!  On weekends Eat a Scroll have a full range of sweet delights on offer. There’s so much choice it’s practically paralysing. All of the scrolls, the cruffins, boring old regular croissants and muffins, the pastry and the toppings and fillings to …