All posts tagged: Melbourne

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 …

Fancy Hanks BBQ / Melbourne CBD

  Some time ago on our reconnaissance holiday to Melbourne, we discovered Doughboys Donuts, and to our great delight, Fancy Hanks in the same location. You’ll find them both in a light and airey second floor eatery near the Queen Victoria Markets. It’s a beautiful spot where you can grab a beer and a table in the sun and enjoy the day, especially when Melbourne weather is so lovely. Fancy Hanks’s sells meat by the 100g, and they recommend 200-300g per person.  With four of us we instead opted for two meats and a sausage as well as a few sides to share amongst us. The meats were fantastic. We had chosen the brisket, pork shoulder and sausage and each was as tasty as we had hoped. The sausage was rich and moist with a comfortably warm spice, while the brisket was tender and juicy. The pork shoulder had a nicely seasoned acidity with hints of apple and the meat was tender enough to give the impression of melting in your mouth. The sides were …

Frenchtoastandindiepop’s potentially helpful guide to moving interstate

   So you’re moving interstate, well done you! Having recently attempted this myself I have some helpful hints and tips, otherwise known as the things I learnt not to do, having already done them… Perth to Melbs – the West to East journey Before you leave: There’s loads of things you’ll need to do before you leave so I’ll just try and give you some of the most important things. Do a reconnaissance – scout out your intended neighbourhood before you make the big move. What is the area like? Is there easy access to public transport, supermarkets and any other services you need like Physio? What’s the average price for rentals and how does this vary? As a foodie I highly recommend you get an idea of local eateries and coffee scene before you settle on a neighbourhood! If you need a specialty coffee to start your day you probably won’t be as happy in a location that doesn’t have a suitable shop in a reasonable distance. What about work? Do you want to …

D.O.C. Gastronomy

Lines can be terrible, they can signal a miserable hour at a government department staring intently at the person in front of you. In the case of food venues though, lines are a blessing. Lines are orderly, conversation starting, excitement generating means of finding the very best places to eat in a new city and this was one of the ways we found DOC Gastronomy. Close to our accommodation in Carlton, we’d walked past on previous nights and couldn’t help but notice the number of people waiting. DOC refers to a number of venues that serve up delicious modern Italian eats and on a whim we decided to give them a try. Needless to say we were so glad we did. We were lucky there was only two of us and were able to squeeze inside without a wait when we ventured back for dinner. The restaurant was almost elbow to elbow with diners and the wait staff maneuvered with absolute precision between the tables. The service was friendly and prompt and we were pleased …

1000 £ Bend

Intending to head over to Hardware Societie but unable to get a table even for a mid week brunch we headed back to 1000£ Bend, having passed it on Lt Lonsdale on the way over. We’d be lying if we said we weren’t secretly hoping we’d make it to platform 9 3/4 too though. The cafe is surprisingly large and there’s a back area that doubles as an art space and laptop lounge. We could see ourselves happily spending an afternoon writing, chilling or undertaking other creative pursuits here. We ordered lattes as usual but found the coffee to be a bit over extracted and too hot. There was a decent foam but with so many great coffees to be found around the Melbourne CBD, decent didn’t cut it for us. First up we tried a breakfast bagel. There was a nice blend of flavours, the dill was especially noticeable and the tangy relish had a great kick. Eating the bagel like a burger meant that everything fell out but it was messy and tasty …

Nieuw Amaterdam: Bar and Eatery Melbourne

You’ll find Nieuw Amsterdam on Hardware st in the Melbourne CBD. They’re a bar and eatery with a one page menu and an entire book of drinks to choose from. There’s seating both up and downstairs and the decor a mix of dark woods and cool marble. The name is deceiving, Nieuw Amsterdam actually refers to a Dutch settlement on Manhattan Island and you’ll find the food here has an American flavour. The waiter who served us was both friendly and efficient and was great with running us through the menu. Nieuw Amsterdam is doing what everyone in Melbourne seems to be right now and offering a majority tapas menu with only a few difficult to share dishes. Starving from the flight over from Perth and with bodies confused by the 2 hour jump forward we went for a large selection of foods, we were warned that it was a lot, but we pushed ahead regardless. First to come to the table was a refreshing kingfish ceviche. The flavours were light and nuanced, it wasn’t …

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, …

Market Lane Melbourne: For the Love of COFFEE

If you’ve read even a single post from frenchtoastandindiepop you’ll know we love coffee. Love may not even be enough to describe how we feel about coffee. We live it and breathe it and for all we’ve consumed over the years we’re probably made of it now too. That’s why after leaving Doughboys we were completely incapable of walking past Market Lane. Coffee is a love we share with many, and when you find a cafe that understand this obsessive and all consuming infatuation, you can’t help but feel at home. Coffee is what Market Lane do, it’s the only thing they do, and everything about the space they occupy is crafted to showcase this love. They don’t just want you to drink their coffee, they want you take it home and be able to savour it in your own time and will provide you with all the tools you need to do so. Best of all Market Lane give you the opportunity to sit behind the baristas and watch them at their craft. The …