Triple Visit -The Grain Store

Even though Melbourne is relatively small,  there is always room for a new cafe and also in a new part of the city that I’ve never really explored. The Grain Store had quietly opened up a few months ago. I received an email from The Reading Room to say that they have a new cafe and this time in the CBD. I was immediately excited because Mr Bao and I had enjoyed The Reading Room 🙂

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I persuaded Mr Bao to drive me to work and have breakfast with me at The Grain Store, I did my internship in one of the office building close by so I knew my way. The cafe is situated in the quieter side of town, on Flinders Lane between King St and Spencer St. There is ample parking in front of the cafe and conveniently there is a car park underneath and The Grain Store customer get a $5 discount parking on weekends. Which is great because you can park, have brunch and then go shopping without moving your car 🙂

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I really like the ambience at The Grain Store, it’s really bright and spacious with a few large communal tables and also smaller tables on the side . I think I could bring my laptop and work here all day long ~

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They also had a long bench to the right of the counter which displayed all their pastries and in-house baked goodies such as muffins and cookies.

Magic $3.5 - single origin 50c

Magic $3.5

Mr Bao started off with a magic which is a single origin, I’m sorry I forgot which origin. He described it as quite buttery ending with a floral note. He complimented it that it was a good temperature and not too hot.

Mocha $3.5

Mocha $3.5

My mocha was just as pleasant, had a good chocolate flavour but then ends with delicate coffee taste. I think everyday is a good day if we could start with a nice warm cup of mocha ~

Bacon steak and corn caramelised onion fritters kale, egg sunny side up, pear and cider relish $17

Feeling pretty hungry I ordered the bacon steak and corn fritters. I definitely think bacon steak or thick cut bacon is the new ‘trend’, many cafes now order it on their brunch menu. And I think once you’ve tried it ‘thick’ it’s going to be hard to go back to ‘think’ bacon. I find that it has a lot more flavour and great texture. I was also impressed with the caramelised onion fritters, they were ever so crispy and light with a sweet caramelised onion filling. The pear and cider relish also provided extra sweetness, last but not least can’t think you can go wrong with an egg sunny side up 😀

Dry Cured bacon and molten alp cheese with fire roasted onion and caramlised apple jam, smoked jalapeno on toasty sourdough with a fried egg $12.5 plus $3 for egg $15.5

Dry Cured bacon and molten alp cheese with fire roasted onion and caramlised apple jam, smoked jalapeno on toasty sourdough with a fried egg $12.5 plus $3 for egg $15.5

Mr Bao was being very indecisive and didn’t know what he wanted for breakfast, I suggested the steak but he wanted something different, so instead he ordered the dry cured bacon and cheese with toasty sourdough and decided to add a fried egg to it. He really enjoyed the dry cured bacon saying that it was crispy but preferred the flavour of my thick cut bacon more 😛 I had a bite and really liked the caramelised apple jam, loved the balance between sweet and salty.

Muffin banana and walnut $4

Muffin banana and walnut $4

I overestimated my appetite early in the morning because I also wanted to order the French Toast, yet we were too full and even Mr Bao said he couldn’t eat any…so I decided to leave desserts for next time. But how could I leave without something sweet? So I grabbed one of their banana and walnut muffins, I love the rustic look, like the muffins I make at home 😀 It was divine, fluffy, light and super moist inside, surprisingly it’s actually quite hard to find decent muffins at cafes nowadays, so I was definitely impressed with this one 😀

Our first visit to The Grain Store was wonderful and I don’t really think I can fault it in any way, I think they’ve done a very good job with the menu offering dishes that are slightly different but still with ingredients that are familiar to customers. A few days later, I still couldn’t get their french toast off my mind and didn’t want to do a post without a dessert as that would be a sin 😛 So we went back hahaha yup twice in a week!

Mocha $3.5

Mocha $3.5

Once again my mocha was just as good as last time, but I found that it was more ‘chocolatey’ the second time, which is always a good thing to me.

Flat white $3.5

Flat white $3.5

This time Mr Bao wanted a flat white instead, which was weaker than this Magic last time, he quite liked it saying that it was light tasting and less floral notes.

Breakfast Steak with sunny side up eggs and chips $

Breakfast Steak with sunny side up eggs and chips $23.50

This time Mr Bao decided he wanted to steak for breakfast with two sunny side up eggs and also chips on the side. I seriously thought this was a little too much and heavy for breakfast for hey, maybe he wants to try out the paleo diet 😛

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The steak was cooked to perfection, mediu rare with the lovely pink colour. We’re not sure which cut they used but we assume it was the sirloin, and had good flavour and quite tender. We thought the chips could have been a little crispier and golden in colour ~

Grain Store Toasted Muesli and Quinoa milk $9

Grain Store Toasted Muesli and Quinoa milk $9

I wanted to have something light and healthy because I wanted to save room for the french toast, so I chose their toasted muesli with quinoa milk. The muesli was a combination of chia, sesame and pumpkin seeds and also some nuts. It was also topped with poached rhubarb and vanilla yoghurt. Melbourne has definitely caught the quinoa bug and it’s now offered in a lot of restaurants and cafes especially in salads, but I’ve never thought that it was possible to make milk out of it. I was very surprised that the quinoa milk was actually very creamy and very nutty but most importantly it tasted like quinoa. I spoke to the waitress and she said, she found the quinoa milk when she recently went on a diet where she had to cut out on dairy products. I think it’s a great alternative for those who are lactose intolerant 🙂 For those interested in trying she said that it is available at some selected health food stores ~

Banana and buttermilk French Toast with crisp pancetta, peppered caramel and whipped mascapone $

Banana and buttermilk French Toast with crisp pancetta, peppered caramel and whipped mascapone $16

Finally got the chance to try the French Toast ~ It’s a different type of french toast with both sweet and salty components. The banana and the whipped mascarpone was the sweet and complimented the french toast very well, but it also had crisp pancetta which was as thin as a potato chip which was the salty component. It also had a peppered caramel that gave the dish a little spice. I found this dish more of a savoury dish than sweet and I think it would’ve been better if it was paired with a sweeter syrup but that’s just me 😛

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Another great breakfast, we didn’t think we were going to go back so quickly. Then about a week later, I received an email from The Grain Store and they invited me and 3 friends to their official launch party 🙂 So we went back and brought also invited Yue to come with us ~ It was great to see so many other bloggers there as well, Lianne, Ash, Adrian, Wince, Sophie, Elisa, Allan, Sabrina and many more.

Red Wine and 2 Step Cider by Mountain Goat

Red Wine and 2 Step Cider by Mountain Goat

As soon as we walked in we were offered drinks, Mr Bao went for a Shiraz and I chose a 2 Step Cider by Mountain Goat, because I was the designated driver, so couldn’t drink much ~

Canapes - Black sausage on pikelet, grilled chorizo, polenta chips and baked potato and house cured salmon on potato chip

Canapes – Black sausage on pikelet, grilled chorizo, polenta chips and baked potato and house cured salmon on potato chip

It was a very relaxed environment and a great chance for us to catch up with everyone 🙂 As it’s hard for us all to catch up at once. Canapes were then offered to us, my favourite would have to be the polenta chips, they were freshly fried and very well seasoned. The grilled chorizo was also spicy and delicious, I don’t eat black sausage but found them to quite nice as they weren’t too gamey.

Chef Inglo Meissner

Chef Inglo Meissner

We were then invited to go into the kitchen to meet Chef Inglo and do a masterclass with him. I’ve seen Chef Inglo a couple of times at The Reading Room and the previous times when we visited, but it was nice to have the chance to meet him officially 🙂 He’s originally from Germany and has worked all around the world and said if he didn’t settle down in Melbourne he would probably live in Switzerland ~

Steak Tartare ingredients

Steak Tartare ingredients

Can you tell what we’re learning from the ingredients? Theres beef, mustard, Worcestershire sauce hehehe it’s STEAK TARTARE! I loved seeing the huge smile on Melissa’s face (Lianne’s Sister in Law) because that’s one of her favourite dishes ~

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Chef Inglo made it look so easy to make, buy the highest quality beef you can find, add  mix mayonnaise, white vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon Mustard, Parsley, Capers, Shallots, Olive oil and season with salt and pepper then mix mix mix.

Placed on brioche bread base

Placed on brioche bread base

Finished product :)

Finished product 🙂

Once it’s done, a generous spoonful is delicately placed on these round brioche bread bases. Because the beef is hand cut it kept its shape better and wasn’t too soft. I actually didn’t know that there were so many ingredients used to make steak tartare, but now I know where all the flavours come from ~ I particularly liked the kick of acidity this one had towards the end.

It was a great party and definitely good to meet and catch up with everyone 🙂 We were also given a little treat box to take home with their homemade chocolate chip cookie and chocolate walnut brownies, sorry I consumed it before taking a photo 😛 The Grain Store is a fantastic new cafe to have brunch in the city, I have enjoyed all three visits and know that they consistently change their menu and have already seen some new dishes that I would love to try ~

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Daisy and Mr Bao @Nevertoosweet paid for the first two meals individually and was guests of The Grain Store at the launch party. 

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31 thoughts on “Triple Visit -The Grain Store

  1. Catherine June 12, 2013 at 9:11 am Reply

    I wasn’t able to make it to the launch party unfortunately but I’ve heard many good things about the cafe. Must check it out 🙂

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 12, 2013 at 11:43 am Reply

      Aww doesn’t matter I think their brunch options are much more exciting and they’re constantly changing their menu and also have desserts now! So I need to go back too hehe 🙂

  2. Tina @ bitemeshowme June 12, 2013 at 9:56 am Reply

    That french toast looks like all sorts of amazing! Love how the panchetta is standing up! Wowsers.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 12, 2013 at 11:38 am Reply

      Me too 🙂 I loved the standing pancetta hehe but I think I took too long taking the photos because they ended up following over hahaha highly recommend you put this cafe down on your list next time you’re in Melbourne!

  3. Hotly Spiced June 12, 2013 at 11:54 am Reply

    Amazing how you’ve now been there three times in such a short amount of time. I love the look of steak breakfast but agree the chips look a little blond – I do like a crispy chip. I’d love a demonstration of how to make steak tartare by a professional chef – it does look very good. I hope you received my reply to the email you sent me. And yes, Vivid has now finished for the year but it should be on again next year as it’s very popular but I wouldn’t recommend going on a mild Friday night – that brings in the crowds! xx

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 14, 2013 at 4:54 pm Reply

      Thanks lovely I did get your email 🙂 Sorry for my late reply! I don’t usually go back to cafe and restaurant to quickly and so often hehe but it was just too good and its in a great locatoin too hehe ~ A shame that Vivid has finished just hope that they do it again another time!

  4. theragingcook June 12, 2013 at 12:33 pm Reply

    Oh man I am so in love with this place, and sorta close to work as well!!!! Nice food, nice coffee – WIN 😀

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 14, 2013 at 4:55 pm Reply

      Me too I can’t wait to go back for the 4th and 5th time hehe 🙂

  5. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella June 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm Reply

    Hehe you’re so cute Daisy visiting three times! 😛 I often want to but Mr NQN tells me that I need to move on. I think we could get into a lot of trouble if we lived in the same city 😉

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 14, 2013 at 4:57 pm Reply

      Hahhaha I think we would and I can’t wait until we meet in person so then we can talk about all our crazy ideas about baking and eating 😀

  6. Julie June 12, 2013 at 2:11 pm Reply

    Aww I wanted to go launch party but was feeling lazy and timing didn’t suit work hours. Still keen to try grain store one day!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 14, 2013 at 4:58 pm Reply

      Aww doesn’t matter 🙂 the food was different to their actual menu anyway so you can go another time ehhe !~

  7. Nami | Just One Cookbook June 12, 2013 at 3:33 pm Reply

    Hi Daisy!! Sorry haven’t been visited your blog/IG for a while. Have been busy esp kids at home all day. Steak and egg! YUM! I love eating savory breakfast like this!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 14, 2013 at 4:58 pm Reply

      Hi Nami 🙂 Please don’t be sorry I completely understand that you are very busy with your young children and trying to look after them and also blog. I think steak and eggs for breakfast is an awesome idea too!

  8. Sarah June 12, 2013 at 6:38 pm Reply

    Oh wow, that place looks amazing! I didn’t realise it was the same owners as Reading Room! I have to make my way there soon 🙂

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 14, 2013 at 4:59 pm Reply

      I think you’re going to really enjoy The Grain Store!! I enjoyed all the food, coffees and french toast! 🙂

  9. Ling June 12, 2013 at 6:48 pm Reply

    OMG look at that mocha!! That is amazingggg!!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 14, 2013 at 5:00 pm Reply

      The mocha is sooooo good there 🙂 I think it’s relatively kids friendly so you should bring the boys too!

  10. thehungerpangs June 13, 2013 at 1:33 am Reply

    Whoa, that french toast looks epic! Haha, you remind me of me when I’ve pretty much eaten my weight’s worth in food, yet still manage to find room for dessert 😀

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 14, 2013 at 5:02 pm Reply

      Hhahaha same here there is always room for dessert in my books there is never enough either 😛

  11. viveka June 13, 2013 at 6:17 am Reply

    Excellent review …. I love beef tartar – but living next door to Denmark were the dish comes from … it’s a must.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 14, 2013 at 5:05 pm Reply

      Ohhh i thought Steak tartare was French hehe thanks for letting me know 🙂 It’s one of my favourite too!

      • viveka June 15, 2013 at 5:04 pm Reply

        You’re so right … it’s French – I have made them so many times in my life and always thought it has been a Danish dish – because it’s more or less a national dish in Denmark. Thanks for putting me right *smile

  12. milkteaxx June 13, 2013 at 2:40 pm Reply

    you had me at bacon steak! … until i saw the French Toast. yum yum!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 14, 2013 at 5:06 pm Reply

      I know right how good does that sound! 🙂 Put it on your list for next time!

  13. Luke Calvert June 13, 2013 at 4:04 pm Reply

    Just an idea, If your ever up Tweed/Byron Bay way, maybe you could try out some places around there and do some reviews. How good would that be, Daisy doing a review of my home area?

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 14, 2013 at 5:07 pm Reply

      Thanks Luke for the comment 🙂 I think it’ll be a wonderful idea and be better if you were there too! I just simply haven’t had the chance to yet ~

  14. liannelow June 13, 2013 at 5:41 pm Reply

    I want to try that french toast! hehe Can’t wait to go back to try their food! x

  15. Miss Bellini Lover June 13, 2013 at 10:34 pm Reply

    The French toast looks divine !!!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet June 14, 2013 at 5:15 pm Reply

      Was one of the best dishes but I think I prefer the bacon steak hehe 🙂

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