[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 […]
A friend at work hounded me to visit Proud Mary as I had no excuses since I only live one street over. I’m glad I made it along! The coffee from the beans is pretty tops, and my friend from work who makes coffee proper […]
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
One of our favourite coffee hubs for the office is only a unsteady cobblestone path away. As well as fantastic coffee, there’s a delectable array of bakery and patisserie items, with a particular strength in bread. Bibelot is next door for your dessert fix. I’m […]
After a decent night out, nothing wakes the sense likes a delightful and visually enticing brunch-based start to the weekend morning. One of the my top picks, at least for looks, is Journeyman over in Prahran. Naturally, it’s another bustling spot for the weary and […]
Weekends are the best time for my favourite meal of the week – brunch – and with a few friends in tow, I was keen to check out the latest kid on the block and that’s Higher Ground. Done by the same guys that do my other favourite top brunch spots: Two Birds One Stone and Kettle Black, I was pretty excited from the hype I’ve heard and the fact it was centrally located in the CBD and was pretty.
The cafe is a stunning location in one of those renovated industrial spaces and whilst the original quoted queue time of one hour was off-putting, it was only 30min before we made our bottoms to our seats to soak up the scenery. No booking option, of course. The space has a number of levels with plenty of diners and buzz, with great music, ambience and friendly staff. There were also outside coffee facilities for those queueing which was a nice touch.
The food arrived pretty quickly and we had a good view being seated next to the kitchen pass. All the items looked beautiful and we would be pretty happy ordering anything from the menu. Though one of the items seemed a little bit wanky, the half avocado on a chopping board with toast which suggest some parts need to be calmed down.
My friends thoroughly enjoyed their minced lamb on sourdough dish, which was one of the more popular menu items along with the short rib roll and scrambled eggs, at least during our sitting. The coffee was great, but we encountered one hiccup when a member of the staff walked into another and spilling it onto my friend and her outfit. These things happen I guess.
I went for the mushroom and polenta option myself for my morning start and was throughly pleased with the medley of fungi that sat upon a bed of creamy polenta with a sprinkled crumble that gave the meal texture and contrast. It was satisfying and a fair portion size though past me wishes maybe I did have some meat as a side.
I’d definitely return to show the place off to some more people, and there is a dinner option as well that I’d definitely consider. Some parts were a bit shaky but they seem to be making an effort and much like its sister efforts, likely to be a staple of the Melbourne brunch scene for many years to come.
Pro tip: stick to small groups to minimise queue times
No residence in Melbourne could ever be complete without a visit to The Hardware Societe. It took me the better part of two years before I could make it along. The queues were always so off-putting, but overall it’s an experience almost worth waiting for.