truman, albert park

apologies for the blogging hiatus… we’ve just got back from an amazing holiday in the united states and in amongst piles of washing and mail; and an inbox filled with 650 emails when i got back to work (yay — not!); i’ve been gratefully reacquainting myself with melbourne’s coffee + food (which i always appreciate 10-fold after a trip to the usa).

if you’ve not visited truman in albert park i recommend you head over there pronto. you may have a short wait on the weekend, but i love that this place is dog-friendly with a fantastic alfresco area when the weather is fine. and the menu is probably one of my favourites – full of healthy fresh juices and smoothies (with hilarious names to boot) and exciting food full of variety and levels of health options.

the truman brekkie scrambled eggs, hash, avocado + relish on sour dough multigrain
i’m pretty sure this is the dish that started my recent scrambled egg infatuation, and especially when combined with the relish + avocado – seriously yum! but my favourite part is that hash! perfectly soft + smooth on the inside, the crunchy outside makes this melt in your mouth delish.

truman, albert park

the truman brekkie, truman

haloumi breakfast pumpkin, leek + sesame seed smash on sour dough multigrain with poached eggs + grilled haloumi topped with kale pesto
looking around the cafe this was certainly a popular choice and for good reason. this savoury dish had fantastic flavour, particularly with the added kale pesto, pumpkin + sesame seeds. the eggs were poached perfectly + i can’t say no to a dish that comes with haloumi. best of all, after a long saturday walk it was the perfect choice to alleviate any post-workout food-eating guilt.

truman, albert park

haloumi breakfast, truman

brekky special black quinoa, pea + basil fritters with poached egg + pumpkin relish
my mom tried the breakfast special the morning we visited and really enjoyed it. the fritters were light and flavourful. again, the eggs were cooked perfectly. another healthy delicious dish.

truman, albert park

brekky special, truman

bircher with poached fruit + nut crumble
i’m loving anything served with poached rhubarb at the moment, but even without it the bircher could stand well alone on its own. oats were creamy + the extra crunch of the nuts made this is a great dish (and i’ll admit to going back for this again).

truman, albert park

bircher, truman

as i mentioned earlier, truman has an excellent selection of fresh juices + smoothies as well as excellent coffee.

the jane fonda kale, ginger, spinach, apple + celery
the goldie hawn mango, yoghurt, ice-cream, honey + spices

truman, albert park

the jane fonda, truman

truman, albert park

the goldie hawn smoothie, truman

truman, albert park

truman, albert park

truman, albert park

truman, albert park

truman, albert park

the decor is quirky + i’d love to find out the infatuation with pineapples (in numerous forms of ornaments and decorations). staff are friendly + efficient and this is certainly a solid + consistent find in one of my favourite suburbs of melbourne. not the first time i’ve visited truman, and certainly won’t be the last.

verdict: a truman brekkie is certainly tasty!
find: www.facebook.com/pages/Truman-Cafe/179962718735189

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mr hendricks, balwyn

i’m catching up on a few things while i sit in the lounge at lax waiting for our flight to florida and couldn’t forget to blog about the tastiest french toast i’ve ever tried in melbourne! you might remember a few weeks ago, my husband was in the studio recording his album… given the location of the studio i conveniently found a chance to duck out one morning and headed over to balwyn – not my usual neighbourhood – to check out mr. hendricks. thishungrylittlepiggy had given me serious food envy the week before + i was determined to check this place out for myself if i got the chance.

mr hendricks, balwyn

soy latte, mr hendricks

first big tick = the coffee is locally-roasted padre… definitely my favourite coffee in melbourne. my soy latte was delicious.

now… onto this “best french toast” i’ve been raving about.

brioche french toast with vanilla poached pears, caramel sauce + double cream.
this is one seriously thick piece of brioche which has been toasted to perfection – the perfect balance of egginess but with crispiness on the outside. the caramel sauce is sweet and delicious, without being too gluggy or over-reduced. and those pears… omg – delicious. perfectly poached, sweet and slightly golden. presentation was simple + it may not look like much; but put it all together and the taste was unbelievable. if you’re a french toast fan, then you are missing out until you’ve tried this one.

mr hendricks, balwyn

french toast, mr hendricks

 

mr hendricks, balwyn

mr hendricks, balwyn

whilst i was initially dubious of the location – whitehorse rd doesn’t exactly scream food-mecca… i was pleasantly surprised. the window seat looking out on the pavement was spacious and light-filled + the counter and inside  layout is gorgeous. the vibe is relaxed + casual and the staff were attentive + friendly without being over-the-top. this was a great find in an area i wouldn’t ordinarily travel to – but so glad i did!

verdict: best french toast in melbourne (a big call i know!)
find: 
https://www.facebook.com/mrhendrickscafe

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stagger lee’s, fitzroy

this morning was my last chance to enjoy melbourne’s cafe scene for a few weeks. i’m heading overseas for a quick holiday later this week and whilst i absolutely love america, it is not exactly what i’d call a culinary heaven. and i am definitely going to miss my coffee’s tasting like my proud mary flat white this morning! flavour was intense, strong and robust. and i love the crockery.

stagger lee's, fitzroy

flat white, stagger lee’s

coco pop + salted caramel french toast with coco pop cream pat, vanilla ice-cream, salted caramel, honeycomb + raspberry crunch.
this was like combining my favourite childhood cereal with my favourite adult breakfast! the toast was crispy and crunchy around the corners, but soft and fluffy on the inside. my favourite part was the crunch of the the coco pops and honeycomb . and the dehydrated raspberries added a really intense flavour. being 9am i didn’t really need the ice-cream, but the coco pop cream pat had a light chocolate undertone to it. i’m a huge french toast fan and this one was pretty good.

stagger lee's, fitzroy

french toast, stagger lee’s

this trendy cafe is situated on brunswick st, very accessible by tram. the decor is gorgeous with a lovely bench against the front window and big communal tables. i love the turquoise + white table condiments and the staff were really friendly. i was also loving the soundtrack – probably the best music track i’ve heard in a cafe in a long time.

verdict: they serve coco pops… enough said!
find: http://staggerlees.com.au/

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stagger lee's, fitzroy

stagger lee’s, fitzroy