Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I’m just a morning person and this equates to my favourite meal being breakfast – with the slightly later version and more drawn out affair called brunch. All I can say is we’re spoilt for choice here in Melbourne with the number of cafes offering up delicious brekky spoils (sometimes all day – what a delight!) for us to sample.
I start with a reliable favourite, Green Refectory in Brunswick. As is usual with these cool little cafes, there is minimal signage out the front and on the particular day I ventured in with my friend for brunch, there was a cluster of people waiting for take away coffees spilling out the doors – showing us the way to a great feed inside! Like the interiors, the food is homely and rustic, their chalkboard menu crammed with more items than u can possibly imagine for a place of it’s size…where does one start? The range covers everything from sandwich
es and salads to breakfast staples like pancakes and eggs. There are also daily specials. You can order their very cute home made cakes to order too like their passionfruit sponge cake. Too much choice!
With this particular friend, we always order one savoury to share and one sweet – since we’re pushing brunch time, we end up with a steak sandwich and to claim my brekky item we choose the french toast with poached pear in white wine and vanilla bean, served with ice cream. We start the meal with their chai lattes – soy of course – and they are lovely. I sip mine happily with not a suggestion of that fake ugly powder taste in sight…thumbs up if u can make a decent chai!
The food doesn’t disappoint either. Simple hearty fare with no frills. The only issue is we’re too full to order anything else and there are huge freshly baked muffins at the counter – adorably presented with their stumps up as if just popped out from the baking tins. Next time!
Why I eat here:
Food: delicious homemade fare – very satisfying
Atmosphere: comfy and rustic with it’s retro chic fit out, it’s quintessentially Brunswick
Service: relaxed (sometimes too relaxed…) so you don’t feel pressured or rushed to order and leave even when it’s crowded
Seating: a mix of communal or small private tables
Pricing: very affordable!
Chai lattes: yup and good with bon soy
Green Refectory - 115 Sydney Road, Brunswick, 03 9387 1150