Archie’s All Day, Fitzroy
Not quite all day, but of the times that Archie’s are actually open, it makes for a solid meal option for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I went with the br-unch option which seemed to be popular, there was a bustling crowd inside and outside the venue for the most part. There’s blankets and gas heaters for comfort factor. Friendly staff and the hipster level was tolerable. I went for the Kalita pour over filter (blame Christina for getting me into fancy coffees) which was a lovely, delicate brew. Perhaps one day I’ll be a hipster too.
Naturally, I only tried one item out of three possible menus, so it would be interesting to return to check out the worthwhileness of the other two. My choice was the ricotta hotcakes ($18.50) with lemon curd, roasted white chocolate, coconut rice crisps, mascarpone and lemon verbena syrup. I liked this dish for the most part. Two very large, fluffy cakes made for a serious serve and the lemon flavours were good without ever being too sweet. I’m not sure I could really taste any white chocolate, lemon is a potent taste and here in two forms it tends to overwhelm the palate. The crumb added texture variety to keep things interesting.
A fair effort from Archie’s and one I’d be keen to see how it translates in some of the other menu options.