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

brighton schoolhouse, brighton

my husband starts recording his debut album tomorrow and today is his last day of preparation, so i thought it might be a good idea to give him a bit of space and headed out solo for a drive down the bay, a walk in the sun and a relaxed breakfast… i even sat down to read the paper (a rare but much enjoyed achievement). it’s a good thing i love my “me” time!

i’ve been intrigued with the reviews i’d read about the brighton schoolhouse so decided to pull off of the beach road and into this cute little neighbourhood street to see what it was all about. the outdoor dining area, especially on a sunny day, is just gorgeous – surrounded by beautiful trees, accompanied by a kids playground (i can imagine families and mums loving this aspect), and set against the stunning 1840’s converted schoolhouse backdrop. inside is just as exciting – high vaulted ceilings, wall murals, old school benches + a gorgeous set of old scales catch my eye.

brighton schoolhouse, brighton

brighton schoolhouse

brighton schoolhouse, brighton

brighton schoolhouse

brighton schoolhouse, brighton

brighton schoolhouse

brighton schoolhouse, brighton

brighton schoolhouse

the menu is a continuation of the cafe’s theme: including a school song, fresh smoothies + juices under the heading “nurses’s office” + the quirky inclusion of a “piano lesson with lucy” for $80. thankfully i live with a pianist so no need for this one! schoolhouse’s food philosophy is one of seasonable, sustainable, ethical + organic produce… as such, i have a feeling the menu changes regularly. i’d seen photos online of some delicious looking pancakes, but alas there were none on the menu today. an excuse to come back another time! the coffee is unique to schoolhouse, designed in conjunction with st ali, and is delicious – strong, robust and well-balanced.

brighton schoolhouse, brighton

soy latte, brighton schoolhouse

brighton schoolhouse, brighton

scrambled eggs + bacon, brighton schoolhouse

scrambled eggs + bacon. eggs were creamy + fluffy. bacon was perfectly grilled + of exceptional quality.

ryan gosling fruit salad with mandarin, orange, grapefruit + pamelo, yoghurt panacotta + almonds.
what this fruit salad has to do with ryan gosling i’m not sure…. but regardless this was delish! fresh, citrusy orange + grapefruit was perfectly balanced with the sweetness of the mandarin… and that yoghurt panacotta… omg – delicious! this was seriously yummy!

brighton schoolhouse, brighton

ryan gosling fruit salad, brighton schoolhouse

staff were really friendly and service was efficient + timely. i had plenty of space to spread out + enjoy my coffee + newspaper, and didn’t feel rushed or hurried at all. there was also something calming about watching the sunshine stream through the tall glass cathedral windows – and i left feeling relaxed + the perfect kind of sunday-lazy. very enjoyable.

verdict: top marks!
find: www.brightonschoolhouse.com.au/

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