71B Gamon Street, Seddon | 0432 241 276
We went: Sun March 15, 2014 | Verdict: 17/20
In a nutshell: Middle-eastern/mediterranean fusion that makes damn good brunch and really good salads to go. People who live in Seddon refer to it simply as ‘our fave’.
The brunch team: five of us went one Sunday morning in March; three gals, two blokes.
– chorizo with poached eggs
– Turkish omelette
– Open avacado
The chorizo with poached eggs was spot on. The tomato-based sauce was rich but not over-bearing and the eggs were poached to perfection. One of my co-reviewers said he thought the fetta was too salty given there was ample salt in the dish already (with the chorizo and sauce). I didn’t have the same problem and would happily sit up to another serving this Sunday (if I didn’t have another place to review!) It’s quite a saucy dish and two small pieces of toast are provided… another piece would not go to waste! They give you the option to add chilli flakes, which we did, and it was de-lish! Other dishes enjoyed were the beans and the Turkish omelettes. Not a morsel was spared on either plate, suggesting they hit the spot. The open avacado, while not a very large dish, was ‘fresh’ and tasty. The combination of feta, avacado, fresh tomato and basil worked really well with the poached eggs.
After brunch, I wandered down the back of the café to the display fridge, where to my delight, I discovered a number of freshly-made middle-eastern/mediterranean inspired salads. There were three take-away sizes so, naturally, I took home a large container full of three different salads and home-made hommus which did the job for two days of lunches. Ripper! All the cooking is done by the mother-son owners who have Maltese roots. Rating: 4/5
5 Senses is a tried-and-tested wholesale Melbourne roaster and Advieh do it justice by pumping it through their very snazzy La Marzocco machine, which does not look one piece out of place atop their Turkish themed tiled bench. Rating: 4/5
Price: about $100 for the five of us.
Ambience: For mine, the ambience is the drawcard of this place. “Rustic”, “homey” and “love the hanging lights” were some reactions from the brunch team when asked what they thought of the place. I loved the attention to detail… the heavy brass containers containing the cutlery, the tiles, the hanging lights. Loved it all. Rating: 5/5
Service: other “reputable” review sites feature comments from patrons who claim the service here is slow, careless and a bit ho-hum. Either they’ve had a clean-out at Advieh or we got them on a good day, we found the staff to be attentive, knowedgeable and helpful. Maybe they knew they would be featured on MBS! Rating: 4/5
Family friendly? I wouldn’t take kids there… but then again, I don’t have any. No families were there when we dined. But there is a park closeby that looks pretty good. And a very expensive shop that sells stuff for your house that you don’t really need.
In a nutshell: under-rated and very reasonably priced, this brunch spot is often overlooked among more well-known players in Seddon’s brunch scene. Pop out the back on a warm morning and enjoy the quality food and coffee… Oh, and remember not to tell too many people how good it is!
– pumpkin toast with hummus, avocado, beetroot relish, rocket, lime and two poached eggs
– eggs benedict with homemade hashbrown (special)
– pikelets with nectarine jam and creme fraiche
Coffee: single origin latte (East Timor), soy flat white and cappuccino.
Food: The pumpkin-poached eggs combo was a winner… the beetroot relish complimenting the hummus and eggs. Eggs were poached to perfection and were definitely free range due to the fiery red yolk that oozed out. Everything that was meant to be hot came out hot and pumpkin toast still had its crunch despite being smothered with delicious (home made?) hummus. A slice of lime was provided with added a nice citrus zing to the dish.
The egg benedict, while described by the waitress as something more exotic, was stock standard brunch fare but there were no complaints from this one either. The meat was bacon and the hollandaise sauce had a good balance of sweet and sour while not being too gluggy. Again, the eggs were poached well (read: were runny) and were served on English muffins. This all came with a home made hashy, which went down a treat. The ideal hangover cure, I’d say!
Another member of our party had the pikelets with nectarine jam. He said it was “lovely” although if you are a savoury person you’d best stick to the savoury dishes as this was quite sweet. He said the creme fraiche and jam complemented the pikelets quite well.
Coffee: My strong single origin latte was quite strong (which is what I asked for… but would probably order regular next time) but had a unique flavour that was distinct enough from the common types around Melbourne (sorry my coffee vocab isn’t strong). Milk was on the hot side of warm, which is how I like it (but not too hot). Beans weren’t burnt. Wife’s soy flat white was very good.
Price: Very reasonable… $60 for four meals and four coffees.
Ambience: footpath dining out front, a few tables inside and plenty of space in courtyard out back. We sat out back and were comfortable on warm morning under umbrella. Plenty of Age and Herald Sun newspapers to go round.
Service: friendly and polite. Waitress initially did not know coffee options but was no trouble for her to check. Was patient with in-laws.
Overall rating: 8/10
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