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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hello sailor, hawthorn

with a recent write-up on broadsheet and an increasing buzz on insta, the husband + i took a rainy grey saturday drive across to hawthorn this morning to check out hello sailor. wait, did i just say morning?! … i meant afternoon! we had a very lazy sleep in and needed somewhere still serving breakfast at 1pm – lucky for us hello sailor has all-day breakfast until 3pm!

the cafe opened about three months and has a lovely family history tied into its name and memorialised on the walls of the cafe. together with other nautical touches, the decor and theme is definitely well thought-out + i love the hanging bread baskets in the front window (from which you can purchase your own fresh noisette bread to take home with you).

hello sailor, hawthorn

hello sailor, hawthorn

hello sailor, hawthorn

hello sailor, hawthorn

hello sailor, hawthorn

hello sailor, hawthorn

hello sailor, hawthorn

hello sailor, hawthorn

spiced granola with macadamia, vanilla yoghurt + seasonal fruit.
as far as granolas go this was pretty good – packed with crunchy, honey-toasted nuts! and the poached pear was delicious! the yoghurt was sweet and creamy, but i would’ve liked a little bit more + this definitely needed a little jug of milk on the side. first half was delicious, but by the end nothing but dry granola left – it was crying out for slightly milk-softened oats.

hello sailor, hawthorn

granola, hello sailor

breakfast bun beef + herb sausage, fried egg, cheese, rocket + harissa on a brioche bun
given it was well after midday, i figured it was ok to go for something slightly more-lunchy for brunch + settled for the breakfast bun. the beef + herb sausage had an intense flavour which was nicely offset by the sweet brioche fun. i don’t eat them often, but i love a good gooey fried egg + this one did the trick perfectly. the harissa added some good flavour, but there is also a relish option if you prefer.

hello sailor, hawthorn

breakfast bun, hello sailor

the coffee is seven seeds and hello sailor serve my favourite soy too (bonsoy). the coffee blend today was quite mild (certainly not what i would call a strong or robust coffee) but delicious and much-needed regardless. thankfully, there is also a good variety of juices available (a big tick from my husband) and there are plenty of storm in a teacup options too!

hello sailor, hawthorn

soy latte, hello sailor

hello sailor, hawthorn

latte, hello sailor

overall, the food and coffee was pretty good + the cafe has a lovely atmosphere. i definitely enjoyed our prime spot looking out the big glass front window out onto the road. while i did get the feeling these guys are still ironing out a few things as they settle in, the cafe was busy and certainly has a promising future.

verdict: sailing into a bright future (pardon the pun!)
find: www.hellosailorcafe.com.au

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martin st cafe + providore, brighton

the husband and i headed down to the bay-side suburb of brighton this morning to catch-up with some great friends for brunch. our friends recommended we try their “local” .. the martin st cafe + providore. i am a city-living-convert since moving to melbourne, but i also love visiting its suburbs – it’s amazing how self-contained and how much culture can be packed into a single ‘main’ street… seriously, you could almost never leave your suburb and not be left wanting! martin st brighton is no exception – hairdressers, boutiques, beauty salons, restaurants, gym and great cafes.

the providore is quite unassuming at street level, but as you step through the long-narrow cafe there is a great covered + heated area and further outdoor space in a gorgeous courtyard in the back complete with umbrellas. the cafe was brimming with cycle-clubs and mum’s groups this morning, only adding to the “local” feel.

martin st cafe + providore

martin st cafe + providore

martin st cafe + providore

martin st cafe + providore

martin st cafe + providore

flat white, martin st cafe + providore

martin st cafe + providore

sot latte, martin st cafe + providore

martin st cafe + providore

eb tea, martin st cafe + providore

coffee was strong and consistent and mine came with soy milk served just right. english breakfast tea served with tea leaves (not the bagged variety) + the husband was pleased that there were juice, smoothie and milkshake options available.

smashed avocado on ciabatta with pepita seeds, fetta + tomato.
breakfast of choice for my friend and from the familiarity of his order to the waiter, i have a feeling he orders this regularly! avocado looked perfectly ripe + this dish oozed freshness. topped with some micro-hebs + olive oil, it was safe to say there wasn’t a crumb left at the end!

martin st cafe + providore

smashed avocado, martin st cafe + providore

martin st eggs: poached eggs on toasted ciabatta with crispy bacon, avocado + hollandaise.
this came recommended by both friends and waiter, so i thought i’d better take their word for it and gave it a try! the hollandaise was light and not overpowering of the freshness of the avocado. poached eggs were perfectly cooked. the serving sizes of all our dishes were extremely generous, and i definitely struggled to finish it all. the only downside for me – the ciabatta was quite difficult to eat with a very crunchy crust which took effort to cut through – i probably would’ve preferred a grain toast or sourdough.

martin st cafe + providore

martin st eggs, martin st cafe + providore

scrambled eggs + bacon
generous serving of creamy, fluffy, soft eggs. and this was the half-serve!

scrambled eggs + bacon, martin st cafe + providore

scrambled eggs + bacon, martin st cafe + providore

 

overall, the providore is laid-back and friendly. staff were attentive + appeared to know many of the customers by name. whilst the food wasn’t what you’d call “trendy” and is unlikely to make urbanspoon’s ‘top 10′ list – this is yet another fantastic example of the wholesome, honest food synonymous with melbourne’s many suburbs.

verdict: a lovely bayside local
find: www.facebook.com/pages/Martin-Street-Cafe-Providore/

 

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