All posts tagged: lygon street

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 …

Little Oscar / Brunswick East

The Kim Jong Un loaded fries were something else again. A new kind of poutine (that’s the Canadian loaded fries with curd and gravy) this Korean reimagining brought together kimchi, chilli, sour cream and fries in a heavenly medley. The thick cut fries were perfect, hot and soft in the centre, and crispy and light on the outside. Kimchi, a magical fermented cabbage (it’s magical because somehow it’s delicious with everything) is just perfect, it has a bite to it that’s perfect with the fries. If you want an easy and delicious way to try kimchi for the first time, Little Oscar’s Kim Jong Un fries are perfect!

377 on Lygon / Brunswick East

We always hesitate to order risotto, but couldn’t resist a three cheese with pancetta and split pea. It was absolutely divine, certainly the best we’ve had dining out. It was creamy and rich, the rice was tender but held its shape, neither sloppy or chalky. The flavours were perfection itself, the salty pancetta was perfect with the rich and creamy cheeses and the little bursts of pea.

Bar Idda / Brunswick East

On a sunny, daylight savings evening we visited Bar Idda in Brunswick East. It’s a lovely little spot, a small and pleasant place to share a meal. Inside, the decor is simple and quite homely, right down to the plastic wrapped tables. Somewhere else they might have been tacky, here they invoked  childhood memories of sticky hands and messes made on grandmothers table. The staff at Bar Idda were native Italian speakers, with an efficient and polite approach to service. The menu is divided into a range of sections, antipasti, primi, secondi, contronini and dolce. Between the two of us we went for a selection to share.  To start, something a bit lighter, green olives with pickled veggies. A tang to go with the richness of the thinly sliced salami with just a hint of the good olive oil. Predictably for us we felt compelled to order the Caciocavello All’argenteria, fried caciocavello cheese, served with honey and a red pepper conserve. The light and melted cheese, stringy to the point of ridiculousness and the sweetness of the …

Lady Carolina / Brunswick East

Behind the green door on Lygon street, you’ll find one of the newest eateries in Brunswick East. It’s a Mexican, tapas style affair, but more fine dining than most. If you’re looking for tex -mex or loaded plates you won’t find it here. This is a truly stunning venue, your eyes are immediately drawn to the pretty lights, the textured teal walls and the contrast tiling on the bar. We didn’t book, just wandered over, but unfortunately half of Brunswick seemed to have done the same, even relatively early on a Sunday night. We were lucky to get a seat at the bar but it was comfortable enough and a great location to people watch.   The best service we had was from the bartender working directly in front of us. He was attentive, and it was great to watch the care taken and he made our drinks. Their signature inca punch, served in a coconut shell was a standout. Besides our attentive bartender we didn’t have much luck with the service at Lady Carolina, being …

El Mirage / Brunswick East

It’s hard not to be intrigued driving past El Mirage, a popular little spot towards the North end of the Brunswick East, Lygon street retail district. There’s always a few people sitting out the front, but you can never quite see inside. El Mirage sits quite far back from the road and next to another local favourite, East Elevation.    As you walk inside you can simply seat yourself where you choose. The service was rather lacking, with staff not noticing us arrive and taking a very long time to get their attention for a menu. When we finally got to place our order the special listed wasn’t avaiable. This was surprising given it was just after 9am on a Saturday morning and no attempt was made to remove until after we ordered. We found the crowd inside to be more young families out early to enjoy a coffee and breakfast, while the crowd outside was almost exclusively dog owners dining with their fur-family. It made for great viewing, lots of happy animals and people out enjoying …

Woodstock / Brunswick East

Pizza is universally delicious. Fortunately for us, Brunswick and Brunswick East have a huge range of restaurants offering wood-fired pizza. We heard the very best could be found at Woodstock and when the craving hit we knew exactly where to go. The decor inside is the kind of shabby-sheek you’d expect from the area. It’s quite a large restaurant with tables to accommodate parties of any size and an army of staff. The service was quick and easy on a midweek evening though we’re sure the weekend rush may involve more of a wait.  We started with bruschetta, a mix of three different toppings. The tops were served cold, mushroom, capsicum and a more traditional tomato and onion atop char-grilled toast. There was also a light, tangy balsamic and rocket salad in the centre. It was a refreshing and surprisingly light start to our meal.We opted for a San Danielle pizza to share between two. A thin crust with a light tomato base and buffalo mozzarella as well as thin prosciutto. Mozzarella is something rather special, any …

Naughty Boy / Carlton

  Naughty Boy in Carlton North hasn’t been around for long but is already Insta-famous for their shakes and breakfasts. We visited on reputation, finding the restaurant big and stylish, fitted out in the hipster sheek you’ll find everywhere in Melbourne.   Nevertheless the cafe was inviting, there was lots of open space around tables and a large counter area. The cafe was almost empty and we were quickly served and had our orders taken. Of course we ordered an Insta-shake, but that turned into a disaster. More on that in a moment. Our lattes had a nice flavour and a light creaminess. They were served at a drinkable temperature, without much attempt at latte art. Our Insta-shake was still nowhere to be seen at this point and after quite a long wait our meals had arrived without the shake in sight.Our shake did arrive eventually, long after we’d finished our meal and my dining companion who was going to share it had to leave. We had asked multiple times where it was, but didn’t get any explanation …