Barrio 3121 Cafeteria, Richmond, Melbourne
[Edit: permanently closed] Barrio 3121 is a new-ish addition to the Richmond brunch scene, away from the usual crowds of Swan Street. Jenny and I headed in to check out their coffee and menu, and we were more than happy with both. The menu offers the plenty of options including traditional items with key twists, such as the Turkish baked eggs.
These bad boys are baked in yoghurt and on a bed of slow cooked lamb making for a unique difference of eggs on toast that I enjoyed. Coffee was also another key highlight of Barrio 3121, the guys know their stuff. Well worth popping in for a retreat from the hustle.
The aforementioned Turkish eggs ($17) are baked in a house yoghurt, with the slow cooked lamb underneath the sea of textured white. The mixture is spiced with smoked sweet paprika and dukkha chili, both used thoughtfully to add that Turkish influence. You get four slices of toast which is plenty, and spreading the mixture onto the bread is great fun. It’s a nice smooth, creamy mixture with the spices keeping the mix interesting. All up it’s a big serve and the inclusion of lamb (so rarely seen in brunches) is fantastic.
My counterpart went with her sweet tooth in ordering the French toast ($14). This is partnered with maple syrup, double cream and poached rhubarb. I must have missed asking her how it was but she cleaned up the plate with German-efficiently which is a sure sign of success.
The staff at Barrio 3121 are passionate about their food and their coffees. We experienced this from getting thorough samples of their brews. We loved every drop, and could appreciate the smoothness of the pours. Though neither Jenny or myself are terribly good at being coffee snobs. Definitely none of those bitter notes I’m sometimes getting in my espressos of late, and we’re both keen to check out some of their coffees from their city counterpart.
Some excellent tea cakes rounded off our morning and we both concluded that we loved the charm of Barrio 3121. A relaxing venue for a busy neighbourhood with solid food and amazing coffee make for a morning (or afternoon) experience worth checking out.
Other French toast adventures: Timmy Green, Victoria, London, Breddos Tacos, Clerkenwell, London
Note: author dined at invitation of the restaurant