I’m sure My Dearest Readers, all know my love for brunching so today, wanted to share with you two brunch dates I’ve gone on lately :) The first date was last week, Michelle (The Bakernista) is going home to Malaysia for a couple of weeks, so we decided to catch up before she jetted off ~ We had a couple of ideas about which cafe to go to and eventually settled on Fandango in North Melbourne. Most people may be more familiar with the cafe next door Auction Rooms which always has a queue in front.
Fandango has actually been on my radar for a while, in the ‘Oldie but Goodie’ list. Just haven’t had time to cross it off, Michelle and I have both read great things about the cafe so was excited to try it out. I was quite surprised that it was such a small little cafe, and the front was already full so we sat out in the courtyard. It was a nice sunny day, but with the sun shining it was getting hot, so I ordered an ice-chocolate with vanilla ice-cream to cool down. I really enjoyed the strong coffee hit that was diluted nicely with the ice-cream.
I have to admit, I was a little disappointed when I first saw the menu, it was quite limited and nothing seemed that unique. But I reread Ash’s post and she made the beetroot and fetta relish sound absolutely irressistable, so that’s what I got ~ The relish is served with thick cut sourdough toast, poached egg and I added a side of mushrooms. Even though the poached egg was slightly overcooked and not as runny as I would like, the beetroot and fetta relish did not disappoint. It was absolutely delish! And don’t underestimate this dish, it was so filling :)
Now even though my brunch was awesome, I had serious food envy when Michelle’s dish came, she had the pesto scrambled egg with grilled tomatoes and bacon. It smelt so good and of course I stole a bite, the scrambled eggs were so soft but not oily and that light flavours of pesto through it. Must remember to order this next time I can.
Fandango is one of those cafes, you can judge by its cover, their menu is simple but they do the simple things so well and will blow you away! I already have my heart and mind set on the pesto scrambled eggs and also pancakes next time I come!
My next brunch date was with Mr Bao and Shy (the little poodle we were dog sitting), it was the first time we’ve had brunch with a doggie and wasn’t sure how it’ll turn out. I chose Crabapple Kitchen because I’ve been before and remember I sat outside as well and it was quite nice with a little white fence around the tables.
Crabapple Kitchen is in Hawthorn on their busy Glenferrie Road, parking can be a pain so it’s best to allow 10 to 15 minutes. Unlike Fandango, Crabapple Kitchen had an extensive menu with a good range of brunch dishes.
I started the brunch with a Soy Chai Latte, it came in a plunger and I could see the wet chai leaves in the bottom, which is always a good sign, in comparison to those made out of powder. I don’t think I gave it enough time to develop the flavours because it was a little weak but nice and comforting.
Mr Bao ordered a latte, he commented that it reasonable but was slightly hot and a little bitter.
Even though they had so many items on their menu, I really felt like porridge that day. I know it’s relatively easy to make porridge at home, trust me, mine never look or taste like this. It’s always a little thick, gluggy and never as creamy. This porridge was served with fresh nectarine which was a little firm and that yummy boysenberry and vanilla compote with honey. It might be a little sweet for others, but it was just right for me, perfect for a chilly morning!
Mr Bao was starving that morning (actually he’s always hungry) so he opted for the traditional Big Brekky with scrambled eggs, bacon, tomatoes and mushrooms. The scrambled eggs was definitely the highlight with a velvety texture, the other elements were nice but nothing really blew us away.
To finish up, I definitely needed something sweet (yes even though my porridge was sweet :P ) they have a nice cabinet of sweets with homemade muffins, cakes and cookies. I had the lamington before and really enjoyed it so that’s what we got. Just as good as before, the sponge cake was moist with a strawberry jam filling, covered in chocolate and shredded coconut. Probably one of the better lamingtons I’ve had in Melbourne. Gosh they’re hard to find ~
Brunch with Shy was a success! Crabapple is quite a dog friendly cafe providing dogs with a large bowl of water and the waitresses were very friendly and accommodating. Shy even got a few pats and sat underneath the table while we were eating our brunch ~ Crabapple Kitchen is a great local cafe to have serving great food at reasonable prices, I think next time I will try the more interesting dishes such as the corn and chilli fritters. They also serve dinners every named ‘Friday Night Flight’ where they serve a 3 course meal with a theme from a different country for instance when its a USA theme they serve burgers and ribs. Mr Bao and I definitely want to come back and try that out :)