All posts tagged: bloody mary

Feast of Merit

As much as I love brunch and trust me I really do, it does get a little bit samey. I mean lets be honest, you’re guaranteed the same breakfast favourites in some shape and form no matter where you go. And that industrial look and vibe is becoming so over used it’s almost losing it’s value and that’s a shame because when a cafe does it right it’s golden. However our little breakfast outing this weekend to Feast of Merit was a refreshing change. For starters it offers a Middle Eastern inspired twist on breakfast. Intriguing right. And we loved the decor, lots of distressed wood, plants, window seats and big windows flooding the place with light. And it didn’t look overdone. Keep talking… Unusually for a Sunday around 9ish it was eerily empty. Embarrassingly we were the first and only ones there but no need to worry they all started trickling in soon after we received our coffees and Virgin Mary’s. It’s become a breakfast staple. I enjoyed my soy latte so much I …

Top Paddock

You’re probably thinking, ‘O look another brunch post’. But what can you do when there’s so many places crying out to be visited and we will happily volunteer to eat our way around Melbourne or any place for that matter. First things first though is getting to grips with the local places near by and luckily for us one of these places is the very popular Top Paddock. And by popular I mean a good 40 minute wait outside on the curb popular. I always think a queue outside a place can almost be a bad thing, it’s obviously good because clearly it means the place is popular but then it builds up your expectations which is dangerous because then you’re expecting big things and the slightest fault and you’re let down. Just me? But luckily Pillar of Salt are well prepared for the constant crowds for brunch. The lone barista was serving up coffees quicker than people were ordering, Jonny was suitably impressed and the coffee passed his critical taste test. One tick. The …

Pillar of Salt

I don’t really think Australia does lunch. Brunch yes. Dinner yes. But lunch not so much. I only realised this when we were trying to think of somewhere to go and I was stuck. I can give you plenty of places for all the Smashed Avocados and Benedict’s you could dream of but for a really good lunch date mmm not so much. In fact I don’t think we’ve really ever done lunch. So obviously that had to change. Of course laziness and hunger led us straight to a nearby cafe that we have been meaning to try out for brunch. Typical. But it was worth it because Pillar of Salt smashed it and is now our first proper lunch spot.   The café itself has the simple, industrial look that’s everywhere right now, lots of brick walls, quirky lights but it’s the courtyard out the back you want to head straight for. Grab a booth, sit back and order their Virgin Mary whilst you look through the menu. It’s a good way to start. Of …

Make a date for Drugstore Espresso

If Drugstore Espresso was a person, putting it simply you’d want to be friends with them. It’s like that kid who came into school one day wearing his dads bomber jacket and absolutely nailed it. A slick ease we can only dream of, you know the one. The whole vibe here is cool without the try-hard, from the casual industrial decor, to the 90’s hip hop your boyfriends going to claim he can rap along to and don’t even get me started on the staff. This is the type of cafe you’d want to own or at least have a mate that does so you can excuse spending your days sprawled out front in the sun working through the deli cabinet, coconut in hand. Failing this you can clearly do this anyway. Last week I went three days in a row. We are hooked. The breakfasts here are unbelievable, we are attempting to slowly work our way through the menu, because it’s instant food envy every time someone elses meal goes past. Every time I go with the intention to order something new but the Berry Beet …

Eau De Vie

Melbourne is full of all these incredible cocktail bars hidden down laneways all over the city, each trying to out do the next with their quirky themes, elaborate drink menu and crazy gimics. If you aren’t struggling to find the entrance down a dingy alley or the right book to pull from the bookcase to open the door then something’s not quite right. This is exactly the case with Eau De Vie. Having heard great things from our friends who went last week, from the challenge of finding the right door with no signage or indeed an indication of life, to the dramatic theatrics that go into each drink they ordered. You could say I was sold after I heard how the barman prepared their first drinks, we’re talking flames, liquid nitrogen fog…sold, we were going. There’s always that tiny bit of self-doubt when you’re going into these ‘secret’ places, just in case perhaps it isn’t actually a bar and instead you’re walking into the service entrance of some back street Chinese. The only clue here is a little yellow lantern outside. Safely inside you’ll …