Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Breakfast Club Diaries Part 3 - No Misses at The Premises

Slow roasted pulled pork... mmmmm

Finally! We have travelled through time from the latest undocumented BC meeting at Two:bob to our most recent one at The Premises in the quaint and lovely suburb of Kensington.

The navigational double-threat duo of MK and me managed to turn what should have been a 10 minute drive from Parkville to Kensington into a 25 minute journey filled with numerous dubious U-turns and other unnameable driving stunts. Ok, so maybe this is an exaggeration - but we do seem to always attract our fair share of misread directions and wrong turns.. Ok, so maybe it isn't an attraction but an inherent snag in our mental fabric. Also, we really didn't expect this cafe to be right across the road from the Kensington train station...

Hot chocolate
So anyway, finally arrived at (the correct) final destination, and joined DS, AA and BNL at the communal table. This cafe, like Common Galaxia, had a truly intriguing centrepiece in the middle of the table! Think quirky but endearing combination of chemistry apparatus and botany.

EP was yet again missing in action from this BC meeting. But not to worry - he definitely shall be making an appearance at the next one as we have issued him a warning that missing another BC meeting would cause him to lose considerable brownie points (that may one day be redeemable for actual brownies). No, not really - I made that up. But it is never good to lose brownie points. Me and the other BC members can only hope that he heeds this warning.

About the food - I must say that I like the presentation of the dishes at The Premises the most out of all the breakfast places I have been to (except for perhaps The Hunter at Twenty and Six Espresso in North Melbourne that looks like the movie set from Narnia).

Check out the pics - and yes, the food tasted as amazing as they look!

From top: Chorizo and potato hash;
Kensington eggs; Eggs with sides

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Breakfast Club Diaries Part 2 - The (un)Common Galaxia

Located in the lovely suburb of Seddon, the first thing I noticed in this cafe was the wonderful centerpiece in the middle of the large dining table. I loved it! It was like a mini-rainforest in a giant fish bowl (yes, I do have a way with words... poetry some would call it..).

Common Galaxia is the name of a unique fish that lives in the Maribyrnong River, near where this cafe is. I thought it slightly odd that the cafe also serves a dish containing said fish.. It felt almost cannibalistic... But that's just me, and that is the only thing I found odd about the place. Everything else was quite lovely and hipster-y.

This venue had been chosen by EP, who didn't end up attending the meeting due to other (obviously more important) commitments. Tsk tsk. But since the food was so yummy, we forgave him and moved on with our lives. At this point, I am not going to even try to wax lyrical about the food and instead (as I usually do when hard-pressed for time) let the pictures do the talking.

Baked eggs with potato, tomato, spring onion, grilled cheese, avocado salsa and sausage
Poached eggs on Sourdough Kitchen pumpkin bread with avocado and bacon

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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Breakfast Club Diaries Part 1 - Got a bob (or two)?

Firstly, apologies for the uber ginourmous gap between my last post and this one. I have been busy having a life... *coughpartyanimalcough* Well, no not really - but I have been involved in a number of interesting undertakings that have taken up a lot of my time over the past few months, the details of which I shall not bore you with.

So yes, here we are! BC meeting #5 was at Two:bob, a pretty simplistic, hipster-type cafe in Clifton Hill. It was recommended by B Ninja L (BNL for short), who had taken on his turn as BC meeting recommender with a great sense of responsibility and solemnity, having extensively researched and trialled multiple breakfast venues before deciding on Two:bob as the location of our next foray into the (mouth-)watering and wonderful world of breakfast food.

Housed in what seemed to be an old post office or bank, Two:bob's high ceiling, tall, arched windows and white and beige wooden furniture presented a bright, open dining area perfect for a cheerful and cosy catch-up with friends. The service was prompt, yet friendly - this was the day that the new iPhone5 had been released and our good 'ol Apple afficionado, Nintendo DS, had just collected her shiny new phone - much to the delight of our (very hipster) waitress, who ooh-ed and aah-ed over it for a good few minutes after taking our coffee orders.

I had ordered the omelet with pork and fennel sausage with the oh-so-delicate buffalo mozzarella that came sprinkled with some rocket salad and the optional spicy tomato relish on the side (which our waitress insisted was the perfect accompaniment). She was right! I loved this dish - my only regret was that my stomach wasn't big enough for me to completely smash the meal. I slowed down considerably towards the end, but with great perseverance managed to polish the plate clean (so to speak!). The relish was indeed the perfect sweet and tangy accompaniment to the omelet.

EP ordered the big breakfast (the most blokey dish on the menu) that came with poached eggs, pork sausages, bacon, grilled tomato, mushrooms, potato rosti and onion jam. If you had just spent a month fighting a raging war in some obscure corner of the world and returned to Melbourne, this is what you would have ordered to fill your roaring belly. Perfectly poached egg, accompanied by the assortment of sides that had been so well prepared, there really was no fault to find with this dish.

I would like to continue on about the rest of the food we had, but alas! time dulls the mind, and my mind truly has been dulled by the 4-5 month lull between the occurrence of the BC meeting and this post. Apparently, according to my photos, someone had some mushroom and goat's cheese on toast dish that looks divine and must have tasted just as divine, but I cannot for the life of me remember which Breakfast Clubber this was and what they thought of the meal... :s Err, yeah and now to the next BC meeting in this series! (see Breakfast Club Diaries Part 2)

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