Category Archives: Hawthorn

Tana Cafe

Tana Café
36 Church Street
Hawthorn
Vic 3122
+61 4 2196 5656
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Fakebooo and I brunched at Tana Café on one of our RDOs. It’s a small space with a Japanese-inspired menu that offers wholesome breakfast options. You can vouch on how healthy it is when yogis spill over from next door after completing their sun salutations and what not.

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House made sweet green tea matcha latte $4

Instead of coffee, we had matcha lattes that morning. It comes pre-sweetened but only mildly so. Rich with anti-oxidants and frothy with milk, it was a delicious drink and made for a delightful change from our usual caffeine fix.

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Organic tofu salad – organic silken tofu, lettuce, raisin, walnuts, sesame and soybeans served with house made Japanese ume (pickled plum) dressing $12

The menu focuses on light breakfast and lunch meals, with some dishes having a Japanese twist. I chose one such dish, an organic tofu salad drizzled with their house-made dressing of pickled plum (or ume). It was perfect. The alfafa with its grassy notes, the raisins and their sweetness, the almonds and their crunch and the gentle silky tofu came together beautifully. The dressing was slightly sweet, slightly tangy, faintly bitter and just so freaking good that it stunned Fakebooo into muttering out a mangled remark “I love the marination!”

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Vegetable burger – avocado, boiled egg, mashed potatoes, tasty cheese, tomato, apple sauce, caramelised onion, lettuce, alfafa, beetroot and dukkah $11

Fakebooo chose the veggie burger, which he remarked to be one of the best he’d come across. It was a mashed potato patty, topped with boiled egg, beetroot, cheese and caramelised onion, nestled between buns that had been slathered with smashed avocado. It made for one very healthy, very messy but very delicious burger.

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Croque monsieur  – miso flavoured bechamel sauce, tasty cheese, ham, caramelised onion, whole grain mustard and sourdough bread $7.50

Being greedy guts that we are, we decided to order another dish to share. We were intrigued by the croque monsieur due to its miso béchamel sauce. The miso couldn’t be detected due to the strong tastes of mustard and cheese but it still made for a decent sandwich. I particularly liked the use of caramelised onion; it provided a sweetness which offset the cheese.

Brunch at Tana was enjoyable. The food was light and nourishing and the café a humble abode. For those needing a change from heavy brunches, I suggest giving Tana café a go.

 

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Marumeru

Marumeru
Shop 6
672 Glenferrie Road
Hawthorn
Vic 3122
+61 422 782 988
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Every once in a blue moon, The Angmoh pulls a rabbit out of a hat and suggests a new eating place to check out. An eating place that even I am not aware of! So one of my RDOs, I made my way to Hawthorn and joined him for lunch.

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Marumeru is everything kawaii. The name, the pale yellow and white fit out and the scattering of dinosaurs that overlook the café. The menu pays homage to Japanese street food, with takoyaki and okonomiyaki, and for the sweet-tooths: Japanese crepes with an assortment of sweet flavours.

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Takoyaki original octopus (4 pieces) $5.30

Both takoyaki and okonomiyaki offer a variety of fillings and we decided to have octopus for the former and beef, cheese and potato for the latter. I suspect both dishes stem from the same batter and both are truly delicious and well-cooked. The takoyaki brings back memories of high school when the fad first appeared in Singapore, resulting in long queues of uniform-clad students awaiting these crisp lush balls. Marumeru’s version is spectacular. The batter has a faint taste of Japanese curry and hides a morsel of fresh crunchy octopus. The topping of wavy bonito flakes, spring onion and finely julienned ginger complete the dish.

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Okonomiyaki marumeru – seasoned beef, potato, cheese $10.90

The okonomiyaki is also very good and definitely one of the better ones in Melbourne. The batter is far from soggy and the odd combination of cheese and beef and potatoes work really well together. I would have preferred for it to have sat just a tad longer on the hot plate to crisp up slightly more.

Although we were too full to order dessert, I still had to peek at what was available. There’s simple options of Nutella or strawberry and gourmet mouth-watering ones with snickers and even durian! You can definitely bet on it that I’ll be back!

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Oscar Mike, Cherry & Twigs, Brother Baba Budan

As much as I love coffee, fortunately I’ve never been addicted to the stuff. Unfortunately though, I’m getting more sensitive to it. Previously I used to be able to down a cuppa and fall asleep just with the snap of my fingers but now the caffeine stays in my system, leaving me wired like a Duracell-powered bunny. Nowadays, my already minimal caffeine intake has been reduced to almost non-existent. And because of this, whenever I go out for coffee, I have to make sure it is bloody good. So in that vein, here are 3 places I’ve recently tried that have had the goods:

Oscar Mike
Don Arcade
Shop 9
672 Glenferrie Road
Hawthorn
Vic 3122
+61 431 248 302
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Oscar Mike sits on a narrow alleyway off the hectic street of Glenferrie Road. It’s quiet, it’s cosy and it’s warm, perfect for ducking away for a private moment to yourself. The brew is by 5 senses, one of my favourites and my skinny magic arrived intense and punchy, with the expected dark cocoa flavours. Food is simple and I had no complaints about my ham and cheese toastie. The peanut butter cookie that I took away was crunchy and not too sweet, a perfect snack to satisfy a mid-day peckishness.

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Magic

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(Left) Magic with ham and cheese toastie $6.40
(Right) Peanut butter choc chip cookie $2.80

Oscar Mike is an excellent option for those in need of a pleasant caffeine fix or a bite to eat, with the option to linger just a little longer.

Cherry & Twigs
Shop 1B
555 Flinders Lane
Melbourne
Vic 3000
+61 3 9614 7096
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The Angmoh and I hardly venture into the city on the weekends. Brunch options are limited and come with a price of queuing a good hour or so. However, one Saturday, we decided to give the CBD a go and strolled along the Yarra hand-in-hand.

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Magic $3.50

Our destination was Cherry and Twigs, which Fakebooo had recently mentioned and had me itching to check out. As soon as we arrived, I was instantly charmed. The soft amber lights cast a warm hue onto the treated wood and the tan tree on the wall lightened the café with a slight whimsical feel.

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Piccolo latte $3.50

The coffee was sensational. Symmetry beans from The Maling Room is used and the coffees were beautiful, with a rich rounded creamy roll on the palate, finished with dark tones of honeyed macadamia nuts.

I highly recommend that Cherry and Twigs be on your “where to have coffee in the CBD” list.

Brother Baba Budan
359 Little Bourke Street
Melbourne
Vic 3000
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Last but not least is Brother Baba Budan, a classic Melbournian hangout. It’s in a laneway, it’s teeny-tiny, there’s no obvious signage and the coffee is heaven-sent. Easily recognisable by the jigsaw mess of hanging chairs, BBB is the little sister of Seven Seeds. The beans are light and lean towards the floral side and each cup is consistently made with love, care and precision.

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Piccolo latte

So there you have it, three spectacular cafes that churn out some bloody good coffees!

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Quick Bites: Pho Nom, Cacao Lab, Depot de Pain

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Venturing into Emporium feels rather surreal to me. It’s super bright, enhanced by a lot of white, stark in a sense and the myriad of elevators that do not connect directly with each other contribute to a general feeling of stepping foot into a sort of spaceship. But never mind all that, for when there’s food, all is good.

Emporium houses 2 dining spaces, one in the lower ground level and a vast food court up on the third. Most of these are franchises of famous establishments. Each were approached by the higher-ups of Emporium, who were striving for a sense of exclusivity and quality. To name a few from the food court, there’s Earl Canteen for sandwiches, Jimmy Grants for souvlakis, I Love Pho Express for pho (duh), and Chinta Ria Soul for Malaysian food. Down below pays homage to established names too, like Dumplings Plus and Ramen Ya.

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Pho Bo Saigon – sliced rare beef, brisket, meatballs $12

My sole purpose one afternoon, however, was a new introduction into Melbourne’s dining scene, Pho Nom. Pho Nom offers popular Vietnamese street food, from banh mis to Vietnamese spring rolls to pho. It was the latter that I was after, a piping hot soulful bowl of slurpy rice noodles and tender slices of beef in a flavoursome beefy stock. This is comfort food at its best, especially in the heart of a bitingly cold winter.

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Due to its locality in a shopping mall, it’s pretty much a self-service set up. Diners place the order at the cashier, wait in line for their food and take it away to their seats. Even the basil and beansprouts are piled high at the end of the counter, take as little or as much as you need. Thankfully, the seasoning sauces are generously scattered around the dining tables, if not, I can imagine a never-ending wait during peak times.

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Being a fusspot for pho, I was quite ready to critique and dismiss Pho Nom’s pho. Instead, I was blown away and left to eat humble pie. And boy did I lick and slurp every bit of it, well, not pie of course. The soup, boiled from Warialda beef bones, was compressed with an amazing amount of flavour and the beef was of the utmost quality. I’ll be honest and say it beats I Love Pho Express hands down (The Express, I’m afraid, is just not quite as good as the I Love Pho mothership in Richmond).

Pho Nom’s pho is my absolute choice in the CBD. But given an option, I’d rather journey to Richmond, for there’s nothing like having it in true authenticity: Ethnic suburb, cacophonic restaurant and proper non-disposable cutlery.

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(Top Left) Madagasca single origin chocolate eclair with crispy rice puffs $5.50
(Bottom Right) Audrey Hepburn – vanilla rose $5.50

But of course, no true meal is complete without something sweet. I weaved around corridors and landed at Cacao Lab for a couple of eclairs. Normally having an aversion to creamed sweets, I have no idea why I was craving these delicate pastries. But I was and so I indulged. I preferred the chocolate one, with its deep cocoa tones apparent throughout the dessert. The Audrey Hepburn’s white chocolate portrait had overwhelmed the subtle rose cream, much to my dismay.

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However, these just weren’t as good as the 2 that I’d sampled from Pain De Depot in Hawthorn. Pain De Depot’s choux pastry was fresh, light and crisp, despite eating them half a day after purchase. The rose and raspberry éclair was delightful with the pink flavours marrying well.

So this concludes what is most likely to be a continued series of quick bites with the remaining of Emporium food stores awaiting my tums.

Pho Nom
Store 33, Lower Ground
Emporium
287 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne
Vic 3000
+61 3 8609 8221
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Cacao Lab
Driver Lane
Melbourne
Vic 3000
+61 3 9662 4777
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Depot de Pain
616 Glenferrie Road
Hawthorn
Vic 3122
+61 3 8803 7898
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8Bit, Humburger

2013 had me compiling a list of burger eats but there’s no such thing as being burger-ed out. Early this year, I was exposed to Fat Bob’s. Located towards the bayside region, it hit the jack pot being named in The Age’s Top 10 Burgers. I had to check out the fuss of course and oh yea, it sure was awesome.

8Bit
8 Droop Street
Footscray
Vic 3011
+61 3 9687 8838
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I now add in 2 more burger hits to my growing, don’t-think-will-ever-end compilation. First up, 8Bit caused quite a stir when it first opened doors. I heard down the Instagram grapevine that they’d sold out for lunch on a weekday. My ears shot up, my tummy grumbled and when I discovered that it was located in Footscray, I zipped across the West Gate Bridge faster than Roadrunner chirping out “Beep Beep”. Burgers, in Footscray?! Now this is a first!

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I visited on a Thursday smack at lunch time and a queue had developed. As I stood in line deliberating my choices, I checked out the bistro. The open kitchen allows any sticky beak to perve into the grilling actions happening, while the main dining space consists of colourful tables and chairs contrasted against the stark grey floor. There is even a comfortable couch present for those awaiting takeaway.

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After Burner – Beef, tomato, red onion, lettuce, cheese, chilli sauce, jalapenos, chipotle mayo $9.50

I do love my burgers spicy and ordered the After Burner, complete with jalapenos and spicy mayo. I almost asked for the chilli cheese fries but got lured by the peanut butter shake instead. If only I had the metabolism of a teenage boy…

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Peanut butter milkshake $6.50

The burger comes half-wrapped, propped up sideways in a container, standing longitudinally. The heat was detectable but I found the salt levels a little on the heavy side. The patty was also over cooked and turned out a tad firm. The milkshake was sweet and powdery but had the perfect amount of thickness.

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I didn’t really agree with nearby patrons about the orgasmic feeling they’d experienced with their burger but 8Bit is a great introduction to a suburb of ingeras, phos and banh mis. Oh and do have a go at the arcade game at the back of the bistro, in all its 8-bit glory.

Humburger
789 Glenferrie Road
Hawthorn
Vic 3122
+61 3 9818 3881
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2 weeks later, I met up with The Angmoh during his lunch break at Hawthorn. We decided to stray off the $10 cheap Asian meals and take a stab at Humburger. Humburger is situated on the Barker Street-side of Glenferrie Road. Don’t let the small entrance and counter seats fool you, the bistro boasts a lovely courtyard and a large communal table.

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Once again I chose the option of a spicy burger while The Angmoh had himself the basic, with added caramelised onion and bacon. We waited at the communal table with the company of 3 female foodies, initially in an animated discussion of dumplings (we were shamelessly eavesdropping) that quickly turned to cries of thankful moans as soon as they bit into their burgers. One was so enthusiastic that she immediately picked up her phone to notify a mate that she was having the best burger somewhere in Hawthorn.

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Melbournian – Beef, spicy mayo, jalapenos, tomato, lettuce, onion, chunky garden mayo $11.50

Our burgers were set down before us and I oohed at all its prettiness: the golden buns studded with brown flaxseeds, the crisp green lettuce and the charred patty. Photo-taking done, we took a mouthful, only to turn to each other in silent amazement. It was incredible. The buns were soft and buttery sweet, and the patty, made from grass-fed Angus, was cooked to a rare perfection and dripping non-stop. The seasoning of the patty was just right though I could use more heat in my burger.

Hum
The Hum – Beef, cheddar, pickles, mustard, mayo/tomato sauce $9
Add caramelised onion $2
Add bacon $2

Having consumed the calories burned in the morning’s 8km run, I had to forgo milkshakes and sundaes. But I’ll be back, for there is the ‘peanut butter cup’, a concoction of ice cream, peanut brittle and crumbled brownies that has my name written all over it

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Prospect Espresso, Bread and Jam for Frances

Prospect Espresso
2a Prospect Hill Road
Camberwell
Vic 3124
+61 3 9882 7359
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Bread and Jam for Frances
1/701 Glenferrrie Road
Hawthorn
Vic 3122
+61 3 9819 2122
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Fakebooo, Eone and myself headed towards Camberwell for a Wednesday threesome brunch. It was pouring heavily that day but we refused to let Melbourne’s unstable summer weather get in our way. With the car wipers working furiously and headlights beaming brightly, we were welcomed by the warm cosy space of Prospect Espresso and the smile of a super cute waiter. *wink*

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Piccolo latte $3.80

We warmed up quickly with coffees. Eone had a soy latte and I had a piccolo latte. The houseblend is by Rosso, with light sweet and smooth notes. Fakebooo’s Ethiopian single origin was a wonderful start, with lovely tangy hints of blueberries.

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Rocket, herbs and goats cheese omelette, served on sourdough toast $14

I wasn’t feeling adventurous foodwise that morning, and had a simple omelette with goats cheese and rocket. It was unpretentious and lovely and was just what I needed. I loved the sourdough bread for its really strong sour taste and chewy texture.

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Chorizo Croquettes – served with poached eggs and smoked tomato vinaigrette $16.50

Fakebooo had chorizo croquettes with a smoked tomato salsa. The croquettes were creamy and had a sweet crisp shell. They were absolutely moreish. The salsa was outstanding with a delightful unforseen smokiness and balsamic tang. It was such a fantastic pairing.

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Truffled Brioche – sautéed mushrooms, asparagus, poached eggs and truffled hollandaise $17

Eone’s mushroom dish was intoxicating with the aroma of truffles. I had a little lick of hollandaise and surprisingly liked it! The texture was rich and thick without an overpowering cloying flavour.

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We left Prospect Espresso with our bellies full but food rascals that we are, had prospects of dessert in mind!

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I needed to get a book as a Christmas present so we battled the rain once again in Fakebooo’s speedy Ford and drove towards Hawthorn. OK I lie. I really wanted to get almond croissants from Bread & Jam for Frances and it just happened sit inside of Readings. I did get the book, I promise.

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(From left) Croissant, Almond croissant, Fruit bun

Bread & Jam for Frances is by Dench and their almond croissants are my absolute favourite. I love how their almond pate is not overly sweet without the plasticky taste of almond essence. I had one of these babies to go, along with a fruit bun for The Angmoh.

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(Left) Raspberry frangipani tart $6.50
(Right) Orange cake (GF) $5.70

Us 3 greedy pigs had cake and tea before venturing into the bookshop. The orange cake was moist with orange juice and not too sweet. The raspberry frangipane was really nice from the tart berries, almond meal and brown sugar. The sweet delights from Bread & Jam had our tummies satisfied at last! I hear their beesting is fantabulous as well, but unfortunately only available on weekends. Their headquarters in Brunswick produces it on a daily basis however, which means a foreseeable trip to Dench soon!

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Directional Brunching 2

Thanks to The Angmoh’s previous guest post, I thought I’d match him and do a list of places too. Brunch is an absolute favourite of mine so I’ve compiled yet another series of brunch eats at various cafes in all directions around Melbourne. Once again, this includes a café in each general direction of the compass. And this time round, there are CBD mentions.

CBD

Bowery to Williamsburg
16 Oliver Lane
Melbourne
Vic 3000
+61 3 9077 0162
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Alice Nivens
Shop 13
Port Philip Arcade
228 Flinders Street
Melbourne
Vic 3000
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News can travel like wildfire. And for me, news regarding food travels like wildfire aided by Red Bull, Speed and bucketloads of caffeine. When I heard that the people behind Hardware Societe were opening an American-themed café, I couldn’t wait to check it out. Work commitments and fake relationship pacts made it tricky to visit: I promised Fakebooo I’d visit with him but we had to postpone the visit as I had to work over several RDOs. By the time we finally got there, I knew what I had to order. The peanut butter hot chocolate was a must.

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Peanut butter hot chocolate $5

The drink was a good balance of hot chocolate and peanut butter flavours but I wished for it to be thicker. Fakebooo’s Calmer Sutra chai was spicy and well-received.

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Calmer Sutra Chai $4.50, w Bonsoy add $0.50

Food is simple and American-styled. Think reuben sandwiches, meatball subs, gravlox bagels etc. I had The Lox Bagel which was pretty damn good. The bagel was dense and chewy, salmon wonderfully cured and the accompanying beetroot and dill cream cheese was just perfect. My only gripe was that it was a tad small for the price.

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(Left) Lox bagel – beetroot horseradish, dill cream cheese schmear, limed onion, watercress $12.50
(Right) Breaded eggplant – haloumi cheese, roasted peppers, preserved lemon hummus + side salad, pretzels, pickle$16.50

Fakebooo paid $4 extra for a set lunch, which came with a side salad, pretzels and a pickle. He was on a vegetarian spree and went meatless with the breaded eggplant wrap. While I’d have preferred a smoother hummus, the haloumi and grilled peppers were delicious.

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Keylime tart $6

The desserts were slightly on the let down. The keylime tart had a tangy smooth cream cheese filling but the meringue was a poorly shaped, rubbery, dense marshmallow. The baked New York cheesecake had a rustic crumbed base with hints of raw oats. Both desserts were simply alright. I’ve had a friend order the keylime tart another time with the meringue fluffy and light (the way it should be) so perhaps my visit was a once-off.

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Baked New York cheesecake $7

The unsatisfying dessert left an emptiness that needed fulfilling. I ducked into Alice Nivens Café later that same afternoon to escape the sudden torrential downpour, satisfy my demanding sweet tooth and celebrate a little. I had just escaped from the doctor’s with a report of benignity. At Alice’s wonderland, I faced an internal struggle between having an entire slice of cake or a little cookie. The angel on my shoulder won and my tummy received a peanut butter cookie. It more than made up for the disappointing dessert experience of the morning.

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Peanut butter chocolate chip cookie (gf) $4

I look forward to returning to try more of Alice’s tempting goodies.

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West

Guerilla Espresso
Shop 228
Footscray Market
81 Hopkins Street
Footscray
Vic 3011
+61 3 9995 4054
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Once again, regarding food and wildfire, I insisted that we check out Guerilla Espresso after I’d read about their truffle toastie in Broadsheet. The Angmoh grudgingly tagged along. He does give in to my whims most of the time.

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Fruit bread with spreads $6.50

Guerilla Espresso is located on the Irving Street side of Footscray Market. It is teeny tiny and has a shiny La Marzocco machine to push out Allpress or Proud Mary espressos. We went with the latter and were immediately woken up by the fresh zesty lemon peel in our magics, made from the Ghostrider blend.

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Magic $3.80

The menu is kept simple: sandwiches, crumpets, juices and some sweets are offered. The Angmoh had some fruit toast with slathered on rosemary butter. The savoury herbaceous spread was an unexpected delight. It went perfectly with the sweet bread, and of course, paired well with the citrusy coffee too.

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We needed something more substantial and headed North, which will be mentioned at the very end of this post.

East

Porgie and Mr Jones
291 Auburn Road
Hawthorn
Vic 3122
+61 3 9882 2955
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Sometimes, good food is worth sacrificing sleep for. So on one of my RDOs, I woke when the Angmoh did and accompanied him at Porgie and Mr Jones for breakfast.

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PM+J is quaint. It was once a house and the sections are still kept the way they were, such that customers can dine in the living room, sitting room, courtyard, and of course the dining room. We rocked up at 7.30 that morning and were seated in the sitting room, in the plush leather chairs next to the now non-functioning fireplace.

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Dukkah eggs – poached on toasted grain bread with spinach, roasted red pepper, tomato and hazelnut dukkah $15.90

We always have the same thing everytime we visit PM+J, and this breakfast wasn’t any different. The Angmoh has a weakness for dukkah eggs (there are 3 places that he has committed to memory for this dish) and I love their herb and cheese bread.

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Our fabulous herb and cheesy toast $9.90

We were very satisfied with our dishes, as usual. The eggs were perfectly poached and there was a generous serve of the spiced dukkah. My breakfast dish consisted of 2 thick-cut slices of grain toast smothered in grilled cheese. Mmmm, it’s salty, stretchy, chewy and absolutely worth singeing the roof of my mouth.

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(Top) Magic
(Bottom) Piccolo latte, single origin Brazil Toffee Cerrado

The Angmoh had a magic with the house blend Allpress beans, while I had a piccolo latte with the single origin from Brazil.

Our breakfast hour ended too soon. I gave him a kiss goodbye and as he headed off to work, I worked off breakfast by jogging 7km home.

South

Giddiup
269 Coventry Street
South Melbourne
Vic 3205
+61 3 9682 8820
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I love when underdogs hold their ground and stand firm against big names. Giddiup is shadowed by big café names of St Ali, Dead Man Espresso and Chez Dre but she’s managed to stay rooted and blossom.

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(Top) Iced chocolate – blended with vanilla ice cream $6.50
(Bottom) Piccolo latte, single origin Chiri Cooperative, Kaffa, Ethiopia $4

It is small and probably fits about 15 people tops. On warm balmy days, milk crates are strewn outside as makeshift furniture for coffee-sipping and people-watching. A door has now been created to connect the neighbouring concept store RG Madden to the café.

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Mushies on toast – mushies, thyme, goat’s cheese and two poached eggs $16.50

The coffee is from Single Origin Roasters and the menu has expanded considerably from when she first opened. My previous visits had me enjoying their bircher and in my most recent visit I was in the mood for eggs. And so was The Angmoh.

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Smoked salmon and avocado – ricotta, fresh parsley and two poached eggs $16.50

We chose from the “Weekends only” menu and had 2 poached eggs each: mine with mushies, his with smoked salmon and avocado. Both dishes were simple but superbly done and totally hit the spot.

My piccolo latte was thick, intense and deep and The Angmoh’s iced chocolate was sweet and chocolatey-rich.

I am ridiculously spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing brunch spots within a 5min radius from home. Giddiup is a crowd-pleaser and I’m certain I’ll find my way back many more times.

North

Twenty & Six Espresso
594 Queensberry Road
North Melbourne
Vic 3051
+61 3 9329 0298
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So after coffee from Guerilla, we wandered through Little Saigon Market and took away a couple of Banh Mis from Nhu Lan. (Side note, I am totally in love with the Vietnamese baguettes from Nhu Lan and the tofu version makes a great Meatless Monday lunch.)

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(Top) Magic $3.80
(Bottom) Chai – made inhouse combining our unique blend of spices and honey. With soy. $5

The Angmoh was still peckish and I had yet to breakfast. We drove into North Melbourne and were fortunate to be seated quickly at Twenty and Six Espresso.

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Free range slow poached eggs on sourdough toast $9.90
Add mushrooms $4.50

I was rather jazzed up with caffeine from the previous coffee so I had a chai latte. The houseblend tea was spectacular! It was spicy with strong notes of ginger and cinnamon. The Angmoh had yet to feel the effects, so he ordered a magic brewed from Proud Mary’s Honeysuckle blend. It was totally different from the previous Proud Mary coffee and was much lighter with floral hints.

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The Cleanse – green apple and strawberry bircher muesli with rosewater, puffed grains, basil and toffed hazelnuts $12.90

The Angmoh didn’t bother looking further down the menu once he saw the words “slow poached eggs”. To that, he added mushies. The eggs were wobbly, gooey and bled brilliantly a river of glorious orange. I had the bircher muesli which was almost too pretty to eat. It was full of fresh flavours and the puffed rice gave it crunch and the honeycomb-like toffeed nuts provided the sweetness.

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Brunch at Twenty and Six was fulfilling and we were satiated.

This concludes my latest round of brunching, but brunch is like crack to me so I’m sure there are many more brunch posts to come!

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