St Heliers Street Abbotsford | 9415 6581
We went: Sat May 24 | Verdict: 16.5/25
Open daily 9am-4pm
In a nutshell: plenty of people rave about this rustic farmyard cafe and we wish we could too but, sadly, it was a letdown.
Food: I don’t mind a cold brekky though I prefer a hot one. What I absolutely detest is getting a cold brekky when it’s meant to be hot, or at least warm. I ordered the Goat’s Toast which is described as “creamy goat’s curd, house beetroot relish, avocado, a poached egg and herbs on toast”. For $4 you can add a side of bacon, which I did. Let’s begin with the temperature of the dish. It was cold. Ice cold, like it came out of the fridge cold. As someone else wrote on Urbanspoon, the beetroot relish is excessive and not really relish. I think it should be served as a smaller quantity and as a side rather than lumped on the toast, which was soggy and cold by the time it made it to our table. The poached egg and the bacon, which were meant to be hot, were not. And the avocado was kind of listlessly lumped on the side. The goat’s curd was nice but there probably wasn’t enough. The dish looked good, which probably makes this experience even more disappointing. For $21, this is one of Melbourne’s biggest brunch rip offs.
My wife ordered the Green Eggs (broccoli and almond pesto, spinach, quinoa, herbs, poached egg, parsley aioli and crispy fried onions) for $16.50. This was a healthy, tasty dish. The broccoli and pesto pesto was fresh, the aioli zesty and the crispy fried onions a nice touch. To be honest, I was relieved because after my Goat’s Toast debacle, I wanted to be able to say good things about this place.
My friend had the Swiss Brown Mushrooms (polenta with oven roasted swiss brown mushrooms, goat’s curd, sauteed silverbeet and a poached egg). She was rapt with her meal and kept telling me how “mine was good. Don’t write bad things about them. Mine was good.” So there you go… two out of three dishes were good. Maybe it would be best to avoid the Goat’s Toast. 3/5
Coffee: the coffee was OK. They serve 5 Senses, which is usually really nice coffee. But there were limited options. No filter. The mugs, which reminded me of camping in my youth, were a nice touch. 2.5/5
Vibe: nice farmyard feel that would be hard to replicate. A country vibe just a km or two from the CBD. 5/5
Ka-ching: $70 for three. Not great value. 3/5
Service: staff are trying their best. Our coffee order got muddled up. They looked a bit under the pump. 3/5