Ever since meeting The Angmoh and then changing jobs, I’ve had more reason to visit Bayside. Uncle Bart’s has been a stalwart and favourite in Black Rock. Decked in nautical blue and white, it also represents its Greek influence.
Coffees are brewed from 5 Senses Dark Horse blend. You can choose from a range of espresso-based, Greek or Frappe coffees. I made a klutz of myself and had spilled mine all over the table and floor. The waitress amicably wiped it all up and swiftly replaced my piccolo latte on the house. The coffee was dense, leaning towards the dark side and made a wonderful accompaniment for the homemade Greek almond short bread. The biscuit was crumbly with an intense almond essence.
The Angmoh’s big breakfast was simple and contained all the important breakfast elements that are needed to comprise the dish. It was well-portioned, well-cooked and The Angmoh had no complaints. My moussaka was rustic and tasty with an interesting cheesy polenta crust. Although it was something easily replicable at home, it was nice having a warm comforting home-cooked meal.
Uncle Bart’s is a winner amongst Black Rock locals. Have a stroll on the beach or goggle at lycra-clad cyclists and hop over to Uncle Bart’s for a straight-forward, fuss-free Greek meal.
680 Centre Road
+61 3 9579 0734
Merchants Guild is an extremely favourable newcomer in the Melbourne brunch scene. My first attempt to dine there was thwarted by a long queue and waiting time on a Sunday morning. I did a solo lunch several months later and had one of the daily specials at the very end of the café on the communal table.
I liked the dense corn bread with its crunchy edges. The sweet vegetables in the corn bread paired nicely with the salty spicy flavours of the chorizo. The vodka was too strong in the salsa and the board on which my meal was served made it a little difficult to eat. Pretty as it may be, it made controlling yolk spillage rather tricky.
House-blend coffees when I visited were from Omar and the Marvellous Coffee Bird, which I’m not a fan of. I opted for the single origin from Ethiopia in a piccolo latte. It was pretty good, with fruity pineapple flavours and a rounded body.
Lianne (Food Made With Love) commented on my Instagram feed to try their chai latte. I had left by then, so a date was made for us to meet up and have brunch. It was a lovely affair, with conversations swinging between food, baking, other food bloggers, our homes in both Melbourne and Singapore and just random chit chat.
Lianne had the bagel with mushrooms with a fried egg. I had brunch envy just looking at it. It was bursting with colour and looked fulfilling and healthy. Lianne tucked into it gleefully. I decided to be a glut and had chocolate pancakes for lunch. They were fantastic! The pancakes were fluffy, and soaked up the whisky-spiked maple syrup. Alas, my plate was whisked away too quickly and I didn’t get to enjoy the chocolate fudge which I had squirreled away onto the side of the plate.
The chai was spicy and delish. It was brewed with Prana Chai, with the pot of steeped spices offered together with a strainer. The combination with Bonsoy made a really wonderful chai latte.
Merchants Guild is so conveniently located near my workplace that I foresee many more visits in the near future.
The Little Elephant
23 Spring Street
+61 3 9555 4369
I checked out The Little Elephant one morning before a seminar. I love the name and the cute little elephant figurines scattered around the café. Elephants, what’s there not to love?
I started off with coffee: a single origin piccolo latte from Colombia. As I enjoyed its cherry sweetness, I perused the menu and was impressed by the drink offerings. House blend coffees are made with Chompy beans (from Sensory Lab), chai is brewed by Prana Chai and Mörk provides for the hot chocolate.
I almost choked out “heh” when breakfast was set in front of me. It was pancakes, but cut up and served in a bowl. I tackled my already dismembered dish with the fork and knife provided. The texture of the pancakes were slightly rubbery, seemingly so from too much egg in the batter. The poached rhubarb and lemon curd saved the dish with the sweet tangy fruit accompaniments masking the pancake and making it more edible.
The Little Elephant is situated in the residential heart of Highett and serves a convenient hangout for family get-togethers or casual chilling.