Timmy Green, Victoria, London
An antipodean affair for an antipodean group. Something about New Zealand/ Australian-style brunches really does it for me. The visual feast, the over the top vibe, the (usual) industrial chic of the venues. Oh yeah, and the amazing coffee. Timmy Green in Victoria is all of those things and it brings me back to lazy mornings in Melbourne.
Timmy Green in Victoria is brought to you by the Australians behind the Daisy Green chain of cafes. Cue colourful, bright interiors with perky staff and food that pops from the plate. On my first visit I had the coconut bread French toast (£10.80). Greek yoghurt, raspberries, coconut, mango, bee pollen and maple syrup are the garnishes. The food comes quick and I had a most excellent coffee along the way too. Bee pollen is exactly the kind of fancy hipster ingredients you only get at a place like this.
The French toast from Timmy Green has a pour-your-own maple syrup that allows you to control the sweetness. It’s very coconutty and it reminds completely reminds me of the one I had at Kiss Kiss. That one had a mascarpone which I preferred. The texture of the French toast is non-traditional and not sure it’s quite right. It cake-like and ends up crumbling. A single slice of mango feels more tokenthan inspired. It remains a fine French toast, it’s a great size and it went down a treat.
I was convinced enough anyway, which is why I took my (fellow) kiwi friends Fi and Brad on the next visit. They were open to suggestions so why not go with a good venue? And near my house! There’s isn’t much of a scene here in Victoria, it’s all rather corporate. We did a proper spread on this occasion, with my charcoal avocado toast and two serves of the pancakes. And to finish off, the highly recommended banana bread sandwich.
Charcoal: do you truly serve any gastronomic purpose? Sorry that was meant to read activated charcoal. It’s a trend, and I mean trend in the most overt sense, that has taken off in the brunch scene. But the use of charcoal in food actually dates back to classical times. Hippocrates and Pliny (smart folk, not so prolific on the Insta), recommended it for conditions such as vertigo and anthrax. Scientifically speaking, charcoal does absorb toxins but also vitamins to the actual impact is indiscriminate. Anyway it’s here for show. It tastes like normal bread, if anything a bit dry. There wasn’t much avocado action going on here, this was seriously lacking for the feature of the dish. So it ended up not being a great avo toast. It’s crunchy and lacking in creaminess so wasn’t the easiest to eat.
The location means there’s not too much of a wait to get in. There isn’t any way to book for the weekends anyway. Despite being a somewhat touristy location, it’s seem to be hidden away from the crowds. The guys dug into their buttermilk blueberry pancakes (£11.40) with extra maple bacon (£3.00).
The final chapter was the Timmy Green-favourite, award-winning banana bread sandwich (£9.50). Here’s the mascarpone I wanted, along with honey, almonds and berries. It’s rather expensive and it’s a big portion and so I find it puzzling that it does appear as a “something light” option. It’s a very good banana bread, the texture is great and it holds well together even with all the toppings. We shared this dish, it’s too much for one person. Also you wouldn’t want to eat this much of it either.
So that’s the two occasions that I’ve had Timmy Green. I love the interior of the cafe, and using the toilet reveals how clever their use of space is. The food is above average. Not outstanding, some weird diversions. There was live music, which is kinda nice, but then kinda too loud for this time of day.