13 Stawell St, West Melbourne | Ph: 0490 152 314
We went: Mon March 10, 2014 | Verdict: 7/10
In a nutshell: Around the corner from North Melbourne Station, this pint-sized café punches above its weight.
– Badlands (Kransky, hash brown, leek, poached egg)
– Eggs benedict
Food: I really wanted to order Mr Beans but after being told they had run out of home-made tortillas, I had to settle for my second option – Eggs Benedict. I love Eggs Benny… the combination of beautifully poached eggs and rich, creamy, sweet, sour and salty Hollandaise sauce. Too often though the toast that sits beneath this mountain of goodness is soaked by the time you take your last bite. Thankfully, I did not have that problem at Roller Door. Their Eggs Benny is served on a thickly cut and well-toasted sourdough ciabatta and for me, that was the hero of the dish.
The good wife ordered a dish simply titled Badlands. This was a curious choice. I saw it on the menus, oh I saw it, but gave it a wide-berth as I feared it was ‘too heavy’ for a pre-midday Labour Day brekky. I reckon my initial preconceptions were vindicated, but to label it with the ‘too heavy’ tag would be certainly selling it short. The hashbrown was delicious and did a grand job at soaking the fat that dripped off the kransky. The leak was an interesting element – seldom does it appear on a brunch menu! I reckon this would be an amazing hangover cure, but steer clear if you’re about to hit the gym or run a half marathon.
Coffee: all good. Can’t remember the brand. No single origin on the day we visited (although they advertise it on menu on web).
Price: $39 for two pax.
Ambience: There are a number of pokey spaces to dine here. The main outdoor area, where we sat, resembles someone’s backyard. A poorly-kept backyard? I wouldn’t be offended if it were mine… though I’d probably sweep more often. However, it may not be everyone’s cuppa tea. It has a grungy feel but for mine, it works and isn’t the least bit out of place in a cityscape dominated by towering apartments. A number of quirky artworks adorn the walls, adding to the hipster vibe.
Service: the two staff they had on Labour Day coped remarkably well with the large crowds they had to serve. Perhaps they should have had a third on? We waited a while but were served with a smile.
Family friendly? No. Not really. Some steps for prams to negotiate. Space is too small, which somewhat ironically, wouldn’t suit small kids.