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Port Fairy (Part 2): Clonmara Tearooms

Clonmara Tearoom is located in the Clonmara Cottages in Port Fairy. The English style tearoom has large selection of teas, classic English lunches, scones with jam and cream and a number of desserts. We didn’t get a chance to try the scones while we were here, but based on the quality of the desserts we’d say that the scones would be pretty good too. The savoury food wasn’t anything special but the apple pie was a clear favourite.

clonmara tearoom

chai, sencha and black teas

Chai latte, ‘Japanese Evening Mist’ sencha, ‘Lime Sencha’ and ‘Monk Pear’ black tea ($4 each)

The chai late wasn’t bad, but we’d recommend ordering a tea instead because they have a lot of flavours that you don’t normally see in your average cafe. The Japanese Evening Mist sencha had a delicate sweet flavour, whereas the ‘Monk Pear’ black tea had a more bold bergamot taste. The Lime Sencha was perfect to balance the sweetness of the desserts we ordered. Continue reading

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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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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.

chai latte

House brewed Hummingbird chai latte ($4.50)

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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.

salmon fishcakes

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