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Port Fairy: Part 1

We visited Port Fairy on a weekend in the middle of the Winter, when it was too cold to go to the beach or hike through the nature parks. We did some sightseeing by car, but the rest of our time was spent eating. Not a bad way to spend a weekend!

Our favourite foods that we tried were the pizzas at Coffin Sally (see below), as well as the desserts at Clonmara Tearoom (Part 2 of this blogpost will be about the Tearoom). Brunch at The Farmers Wife was alright. The takeaway Thai curry from Lemon Grass was decent, but we didn’t get any photos of that because takeaway curry isn’t photogenic.

The Farmers Wife Harvest Cafe

Smaller towns don’t have the same competitive brunch scene that Melbourne has, so their options are more limited. While there are definitely better brunch places in Melbourne, The Farmers Wife was enjoyable enough. The brunch dishes were around the $16-19 mark which is pretty standard, but the sizes were not that big. The service was friendly.

bicycle sign pointing to cafeorange and poppyseed muffin

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Brunch at Squisito Bar in QV

Sometimes when we go out to eat, we don’t have a plan for where to go so we just walk around aimlessly. Squisito Bar is one of those places that you’re likely to come across when you’re wandering around the city, because of its convenient location in the QV precinct. Despite being called a “bar” it’s actually only open ’til late on Saturdays; on weekdays it’s a brunch cafe, with the breakfast/brunch menu available from 7am-2:30pm and the lunch menu from 11am-2:30pm.

The service we received at Squisito was mixed; the waitress who served us wasn’t warm/friendly, but she was polite. In contrast the woman who helped us at the cash register was very friendly. The menu had many dishes to choose from including some pretty tasty sounding lunch options, but we ended up ordering from the brunch menu because we are brunch addicts.

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‘Big V’ fresh juice – orange, apple, pineapple and carrot ($6.5)

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Seven Seeds – Brunch near Unimelb

With limited time to grab brunch before class, we found ourselves visiting Seven Seeds Specialty Coffee near Unimelb. When we arrived just after noon the place was packed, so we had to wait about 10 minutes or so for a table. Not a problem, we just grabbed a menu and started deciding what to order! It always takes us ages to order, no matter where we go, because we see all the options on the menu and think… “I want to eat ALL the things!” First world problems.

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Chai latte ($4) and Mörk hot chocolate served with a piece of Whittaker’s chocolate ($4.50)

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Adventures around Smith Street: South of Johnston, Pop Up Scroll and Gelato Messina

**Sorry for the lack of posts recently. I’ve been sick with the flu and it just wouldn’t go away… this is one stubborn flu! But I’m getting better now so you can expect a few catch up posts this week. 🙂 Ani**

South of Johnston

We were very excited to visit South of Johnston because there were lots of things on the menu that we wanted to try. We ended up getting a pumpkin omelette and the burger of the week (pulled pork), but we look forward to going back to try the French toast, corn fritters and chorizo baked eggs!

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Soy iced chai

Wendy ~ I was happy about the strong tea flavour in this iced chai, which meant it had been brewed with chai tea rather than artificial chai latte powder. The soy milk of course wasn’t as creamy as normal milk, but the scoop of ice cream helped to make up for this and to sweeten the drink. Continue reading

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Fitzroy: Hammer & Tong and N2 Extreme Gelato

We think there’s nothing better on a warm Summer morning than having a leisurely brunch and a big scoop of gelato. Sure, brunch is also enjoyable in Winter and it’s never too cold for ice cream, but ‘Summer’ translates to ‘holidays’ for us students, which means we can just relax and enjoy ourselves. No exams! Time to eat all the food!

Hammer & Tong

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Brunch at Operator25

Operator25 is just a couple of blocks away from Melbourne Central, in a quiet street off La Trobe Street. They serve mostly brunch food, as well as a few lunch items which cost more. We stuck to the brunch menu but a few people near us ordered the pulled pork burger, and it looked tasty enough that it might be worth the $20 price.

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Operator25 has been open for about a year and a half so it’s a relatively new café. The decor is modern and the service is quite friendly. Continue reading

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Le Miel Et La Lune

Le Miel Et La Lune is just a few minutes walk from the University of Melbourne. We came here for lunch in a group of five, and while the café was reasonably busy they were still able to get us a table straight away. When we placed our orders, they were happy to make alterations to one of the dishes for us (a plus for people with dietary requirements). We ended up ordering the sweet corn fritter, crispy tofu salad, crispy free range chicken, house cured salmon gravlax and the pork belly potato hash.

all the food on the table

ceiling lighs

For drinks we ordered the honey, lemon and ginger tea and the chai latte. The ginger tea was good but the chai tasted quite milky, and needed more chai flavour. We’re told that the soy chai tastes much better.

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House brewed Hummingbird chai latte ($4.50)

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Chez Dré – brunch and cakes

Ahh Chez Dre. Such beautiful and delicious cakes. It really is worth taking a quick trip to South Melbourne just to get one of their cute petits gateaux, and their macarons are decent (though they are a bit pricey at $3 each). Unfortunately our brunch experience was a bit disappointing… the waitress forgot to put our orders through, so we ended up waiting 40 minutes for our food. She later apologised and gave us a free macaron each, which we really appreciated. However we think that maybe Chez Dre needs more staff for those really busy mornings, to avoid these kinds of mistakes. On the day we visited, they were so full that there was a whole waiting list of customers who wanted tables.

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Rose-raspberry and green tea-kalamanzi macarons ($3 each)

The complimentary macarons both had really nice flavours. The green tea one had a good soft texture, but the raspberry was a bit hard and chewy. They looked quite big, but the shells had big air bubbles inside them.

ratatouille

Ratatouille with baked eggs, quinoa dukkah, toasted baguette and pepe saya butter (weekly special, $18.50)

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More of North Melbourne: Brunch at Twenty & Six Espresso, then cake at Beatrix

Twenty & Six Espresso

20&6 decor

We visited this cafe in North Melbourne on Tuesday around lunch time. It seemed quiet because we had the front seating area all to ourselves, but this was because most of the customers had chosen to sit at the back. Twenty & Six’s menu is updated seasonally, and we were presented with the new Spring menu.

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Smoothie special with banana, passionfruit and more ($7)

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Auction Rooms Cafe in North Melbourne

Auction Rooms is a quick tram ride from the city, and is located near a few other brunch places. We arrived around 1 p.m. so it was very busy, and we were greeted by a very friendly waitress who found us a table. We decided to order the salmon fishcakes and the amaranth porridge, with a pot of breakfast tea and a pot of freshly brewed chai.

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Salmon & herb fishcakes with crispy marinated tofu, lime aioli and green papaya salad ($17)

Wendy ~ The salmon and herb fishcakes and salad were beautifully presented on a big plate, with a very nice combination of colours. Continue reading