Red Door Corner Store, Northcote
Today was an out-and-about day, with a plan to hit up the La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary up in Bundoora as the morning activity. Seeming as we were north-bound, it made total sense to look for a new, unvisited brunch place around the space. I didn’t have any noted places in my list so off to Zomato I was for inspiration. We ended up finding ourselves at the quaint Red Door Corner Store in Northcote, which had solid reviews and a handy location.
The cafe itself has a lot of nice features with a courtyard and ample seating meaning we didn’t have to queue for long at all. There was a perfect level of crowd and buzz too. Coffees were all good and I quite enjoyed my (non-pictured) breakfast roll with fried egg, bacon, avocado, aioli and rocket (a tomato thing called katsundi on the side for me). The brioche was fresh and homemade and all the fillings were excellently done and the bacon particularly satisfying and quantifiable. The side of garlic of rosemary fries were good though on the pricey side for fries and the two aforementioned flavours weren’t really integrated. It was a branch of rosemary and a clove of garlic.
Half our table (read: two) went for the brioche french toast with saffron poached pear, baked rhubarb custard, strawberry, pistachio, mint and creme fraiche. The guys really liked the filling in the toast which made it feel like a sandwich french toast and it received an all round rave review.
My second preference was the benedict-style eggs, cider slow-braised pork shoulder, apple and pecan, crackling, crumpet served with hollandaise which is what my final fellow diner went with. Also received a positive response though I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed as much myself, as the pork shoulder and crumpet would have been too much of a deviation from my favourite classic. I got a vanilla blossom mandarin (?) doughtnut to takeaway which was a bit more average when I had it later that day. Service was friendly and non-pretentious and the vibe was homely and vibrant.
Pro tip: worth the visit, don’t sit by the door though for drafty reasons