307 Racecourse Road, Flemington | 9372 3288
We went: Sat June 28, 2014 | Verdict: 22/25
In a nutshell: some people talk about making a positive difference to the world and some people actually make a meaningful difference. The folks at Streat walk the walk. Here you will get quality brunch, served with a smile, and pay knowing your dollar is making a difference to Melbourne’s homeless population. Read more about the great things Streat is doing for the homeless here.
Food: chef Rob Auger has designed a classic brunch menu with some little surprises thrown in. I had the Korean Tacos, which were delicious and filling. The corn tortillas are sourced locally from La Tortilleria in Kensington, who make their tacos on site. There is a general serving of pork, spicy sauce and a fried egg in each of the tacos. These are priced at $17, or $8.50 per taco, which is a steal in my opinion. Good for sharing or, if you’re like me, hogging them for yourself.
The Gatherer (below) consists of poached eggs, wilted spinach, mushrooms, hash brown, grilled tomato, salsa verde on seeded sour dough. “The hash brown was awesome,” said my friend. “But there was nothing sensational about it except the hash brown.”
The Hunter (below) is pretty much the same as The Gatherer except it has bacon instead of spinach. “The mushrooms and hash brown were the best. Everything else was nice. Could have had more relish,” was the feedback.
Lastly, someone ordered the Avocado Smash (below) and added the coffee cured pork belly and chorizo. “Simply amazing. Loved it,” the wife said. Food verdict: 4/5
Coffee: Formally Social Roasting Company, Streat now has its own coffee brand. Matt Hampton is in chief roaster and seems to know what he’s doing, taking out a medal at the recent Golden Bean Awards.
Streat is the only not-for-profit coffee roaster in Australia, with every cent made from coffee sales put back into supporting Australia’s homeless population. Tip of the cap for that!
The coffee itself is vibrant and tasty. I ordered the trio of single origin taster (below) which comes out on a little tray. You get a shot of espresso, a small latte and a small cold drip. It was nice but it’s fair to say I was bouncing off the walls after it. 4/5
Vibe: laid-back and friendly, this place isn’t pretentious like some of the trendy cafes you get around Fitzroy and Collingwood. This place knows what it is and doesn’t try too hard. We sat around a communal table, chatted and did The Age quiz. Would definitely return. 4.5/5
Service: friendly and unobtrusive, the staff did a splendid job. 4.5/5
Ka-ching: About $100 for the five of us. Good value! 5/5