Yay! It’s the weekend again :) I absolutely love Saturdays now since working ~ perfect day to do anything you want and not have to worry about being too tired because you can always rest on Sunday!
I have another cafe review for you today another great recommendation from Bryan (Fatboo), Red Door Corner Store ~ I really hope you wont be sick of these reviews because I have so many in my backlog hehe. There was another reason why I went because its in the Entertainment Book :)
I was surprised at how close Northcote was because I’ve never really gone to this area and thought it would take us a good 45minute drive, but we got there well within 25 minutes ~ if you are unfamiliar with the suburbs on the East, Northcote is close to Alphington, Ivanhoe and Heidelberg area.
Red Door Corner Store is bit of a hidden gem, as it resides in a residential area and is the only stand alone store :) It is both a cafe and store which sells newspapers, jams, milk, butter and an array of sweets and ready-made sandwiches ~
I couldn’t help but ask Mr Bao take a photo of the decorations :D I really liked seeing all those baking trays pinned to the wall hehe sighhh I think the walls at our apartment is a little ‘plain’ they’re all white and because we’re renting, we can’t nail or ‘stick’ anything on them :( If not I would love to put my favourite cake tins on the wall but then I’d have to go buy new ones…oh wells ignore me, I’m just thinking out loud :P
It was a Saturday morning and Mr Bao wanted to ‘sleep’ in so we actually didn’t get there till around 11am and it was already very busy. Fortunately, we didn’t have to wait for a table, but we were given a table in the courtyard which would have been fine, but it was quite chilly. Anyhow, their coffees are from The Maling Room, so I knew it was going to be good, because we liked the coffees there :)
Unfortunately, the waitress spilled my mocha when she brought it over, hence, the little spill on the side hehe it was definitely a lovely cup of mocha ~ and like The Maling Room, it was more luke warm. I did find the coffee to be a little weaker and not very robust ~
When Mr Bao asked about their house blend, the waiter described it as having citrus and chocolatey notes, but he thought it had a very rich body with notes of grape and floral aromas :)
LOL I’ve found a pattern with Mr Bao…when we have brunch he nearly always have ‘baked eggs’ or ‘the big breakfast’ or something with ‘eggs’ :P It’s like he can’t stop eating eggs hahaha
Lianne (Food Made With Love) went the week after and said that she liked Red Door Corner Store and the baked eggs but her eggs were a little overdone. I didn’t realise that Mr Bao’s eggs were also overdone and the yolks weren’t as runny as we would have liked :( that is a little bit of a let down but flavours were definitely good, Mr Bao did say it was slightly under-seasoned and needed some more paprika.
I let out a little squeal when they brought my porridge over :) I really liked how they served it in these claypots! So creative! The only time I see these claypots are when I have Chinese claypot rice or other Chinese dishes that are served in these claypots!
Unfortunately, appearances can be deceiving…because the porridge wasn’t the most delicious, instead it tasted quite bland and I couldn’t taste any of the vanilla cream sigh… but still they get credits for putting it in a claypot hehe :D
We were still feeling a little peckish, so with the discount lol I allowed Mr Bao to order another dish :) he seriously eats too much hehe anyhow, he chose an the omelette with spanner crab, tomato, chilli and basil served on bread.
Even though we liked the flavours, I found the omelette to be slightly overcooked and dry :( Mr Bao really liked it though especially with the chilli. But neither of us could really taste any crab and I think for $17 it is slightly overpriced ~
STILL not full lol but I think the reason was I hadn’t had anything ‘sweets’ lol I already eyed the cupcake cabinet they have as soon as we walked in, so I hassled the waiter and asked him nicely to tell me all the flavours they had. They had too many for me to remember, but I chose the Chocolate Fudge Cupcake because I felt like ‘chocolate’ hehe
LOL I love how sometimes my photos on Instagram are even better then ones on my camera hehe anyhow this was a really rich and dense type of chocolate cupcake. It also had a very strong ‘floury’ taste, so it wasn’t really my type of cupcake, because I like mine to be fluffy and light, but I did like the icing and sprinkles always makes me happy :)
Mr Bao finished off with another coffee ~ we don’t remember if it was a Single Origin from Ethiopia but Mr Bao actually wrote down some notes hehe it was drier, watery body with earthy and chocolaty notes :)
Wow I didn’t know we ordered so much food until I wrote this post lol I definitely recommend coffee-lovers to try Red Door Corner Store, there were some slight flaws with their breakfast, but they still have some interesting dishes I’d love to come back and try such as the Brioche French toast with poached pear, salted caramel and creme friache how good does that sound! Yes once again it is a sweet dish :P