All posts tagged: French Toast

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 …

Fifty Acres / Richmond

 On Bridge road in Richmond, traditionally a haven for bargain shoppers you’ll find a delightful foodie surprise. Fifty Acres is a charming cafe with a wonderful atmosphere, sure to draw you in for a break from shopping!  The interior is absolutely stunning. It’s simple, a play on light with industrial fittings and sleek minimalist decor. The service made an equally good impression. The staff at Fifty Acres were friendly, polite and professional and put you in a great mood as soon as you sat down.We started the day with a couple of lattes. Once again we were impressed by what we received. The Dukes blend was creamy, rich, bright and punchy. It was a wonderful way to start our morning and we ordered a second each soon after. Our second brews were equally delicious and arrived promptly, another tick for the service. Our first dish was pumpkin pancakes which we chose to add a little crispy bacon to. In this dish the pumpkin acts more as a carrier of flavour and adds moistness, so don’t be put …

Krimper / Melbourne CBD

   In typical Melbourne style you’ll find Krimper down a laneway, very much hidden from sight. Once you open the door this cafe seriously impresses with its design and the heavy wooden doors close so solidly you feel as if you have left the whole world and its troubles behind. It was easy to get a table and the staff were quick to take our coffee orders and provide menus.  Krimper serve up Proud Mary coffee, bringing back fond memories of La Veen coffees back in Perth. It was nice and full bodied, a solid brew. There were four of us dining but two of the dishes particularly caught  our eye and we went for two of each. Firstly, the sweet French toast, with crumbed almond and dulce de leche. The toast was okay but lost some of its lightness in the centre. The caramelized apple was delicious, as was the texture of the almond. Altogether it was an interesting dish to start the day.We also tried the Le Soud, meaty chorizo, mushroom, served with hummus and …

Miss Marmalade / Brunswick

   Up Union Street you’ll find the delightful cafe, Miss Marmalade! You’ll know it by the beautiful wood, mismatched vintage chairs and homely decor, not to mention the smell of coffee brewing.  We visited on a Friday morning after a leisurely awakening and were lucky to get a table inside. The staff were friendly and cheerful despite the clatter of conversation but it took a little time for our order to be taken. We ordered our usual lattes in the blue diamond house blend sourced from the Central American and African highlands. We found it to be creamy and balanced, with a smooth mouthfeel and a sweet finish.   Our first dish came from the specials board, a french toast will vanilla bean mascarpone, caramelized banana, praline crumb, fresh strawberry and maple syrup. As a french toast it probably didn’t have enough batter or time on the pan. The mascarpone and caramelized banana were a delicious combination and the praline added an interesting texture. This was quite a sweet dish, it probably didn’t need the strawberry sauce as well as the …

Chez Dre / South Melbourne

South Melbourne is a bit of a foodie haven, but there’s many places you won’t necessarily find unless you’re looking for them. Like St Alis, Chez Dre is in an alley way, come in from one side and you can go through their courtyard, from another laneway you can enter directly to the cafe. You’ll find plenty of people enjoying the sunshine over a weekend, outside tables were scarce so we continued inside.  It’s impossible not to be immediately drawn to the expansive patisserie. There’s so much colour and shine and delicious things that you can see each new person entering drifting towards it without realising, children were doing what the rest of us surely wished we could, mouths open and face pressed up against the glass to get a better view. When we were able to drag ourselves away we went further around the corner to one of the last tables free.    Despite being full, this is a cafe that has a feeling of freedom and spaciousness. There’s high ceilings, ample walkways and …

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 …

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. …

Harvest Espresso: Summer 2015

There’s a whole lot of wonderful packed into the tiny Harvest Espresso and we were excited to come and try out their new summer menu. We came early on a weekday, knowing that even then the small cafe could easily be full. We would never venture there on a weekend without expecting a long wait so if you can go at a time others cannot take the opportunity. We perused the menu and were quick to make our selections and place our order at the counter. We found their coffee to be equal to the best we’ve had there. It’s not a spectacular brew, but it’s consistent and tasty. It was a creamy and smooth brew, served hot but ready to drink. As always though, the most anticipated part of our visit was the sweet dish of the new menu. Oh how happy was I to see another brioche french toast! They’ve done some pretty amazing versions in the past (the baked almond brioche was a great example) and it was obvious that this was …

French toast at Fortysevenkirwanstreet

Fortysevenkirwanstreet have demanded my attention recently, not just because their name is a little like ours, but also because their french toast has really been doing the rounds of social media. The cafe is wide, a large grassed area out the front and red and white tones dominating. You’ll be seated in comfy red chairs, and the staff provide table service. Fortysevenkirwanstreet was busy when we visited, with plenty of people taking advantage of the outside tables. The staff were superbly efficient, letting us place our coffee order as soon as we arrived. Something that frequent diners at busy cafes will always appreciate! Our latte was quite rich and creamy, an enjoyable flavour and served at a perfect temperature. Disappointedly however our second coffee was borderline burnt, a highlight of the difficulty in achieving consistent and delicious coffee. For our first dish we tried the breakfast burrito with pulled pork. A mouthful of the whole was a delicious mix of flavour. The pulled pork and crispy tortilla were the best parts, though we found the …

Boho Espresso

A stones throw from the beach and soaked in a relaxed Scarborough vibe, Boho Espresso is perfect for weekend breakfasts and mid week escapes. We visited with some friends, enjoying the open air and gentle salty breeze and cooing over other diners puppies. We were given menus at the table but had to join a rather ridiculous line inside to place our orders. The menu items all have interesting names and I found myself rehearsing them under my breathe as I waited to make sure I got the order right! The first to make it to our table was the ‘Neon’, a mix of pineapple, spinach and banana. This had a real freshness and zing from the pineapple, the banana gave it a bit of creaminess and the spinach made it feel healthy. The drink was light and tasty. For our coffees we went for the single origin, delighted that they were serving up beans from Market Lane Melbourne, a discovery from our recent trip over East. The coffee was delicious, rich and creamy with …