Next of Kin

This one was an accidental find. Kind of one of those bittersweet moments that force you to look on the bright side. I was only here because I may have destroyed the side panel of my car in a hurry to get to work…and the repair guy was a few hundred metres down the road…

Silver lining: I had a couple of hours to kill and discovered Next of Kin. Only a baby, these guys opened up three weeks ago, and things are looking good. I kept it pretty simple with a coffee and old reliable avo on toast. But my Noisette bread and 5 Senses coffee really kicked it up a notch. Gosh, good bread is under rated. This multi grain was satisfying.

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I had a laugh to myself as my dish was served, and I admired the huge serving of perfectly ripe avocado on my plate. Only yesterday I was advising a client that one serving of fats and oils is a teaspoon of avocado. A teaspoon! I know, it makes me sad too. Ah well, things could be worse. I appreciated it whole-heartedly.

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The menu is small but they offer a good selection. Crumpets with baked peach, citrus curd, aerated strawberry mascarpone, and roasted macadamias, anyone? Or how about spiced lamb shoulder tacos for my carnivorous friends? Service was very attentive and super sweet, lots of smiles all round. The sun was shining, why not? There appears to be a nice courtyard out the back too. Oh, and the car panel is good as new. Happy days. X

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The Odd Room

A lovely local 🙂

Recently opened cafe in Cheltenham/Sandringham with good, thoughtfully made coffee and an inventive menu. I say thoughtfully-made because I feel that these guys really appreciate the art of coffee-making!

The Odd Room serves breakfast, lunch & speciality coffee – including a single origin Aeropress creation that I am yet to try. I stuck with my good old soy latte which was good but not great. I did, however, have an iced latte from here a few weeks ago which was impressive. It’s hard to get a good iced latte because everyone messes up the coffee to milk ratio and changes the sizing and it just gets too weak. This one was justttt right.

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..I wasn’t going to order food..but then I did. Ahh story of my life!

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We shared gnocchi with spinach, feta and roast tomatoes. Again, good but not great. (I sound like a fussy bitch but I’m not that bad!) The gnocchi was a little on the soggy side but the sauce was tasty. I didn’t even think to look at the all-day brekkie menu. Big mistake on my behalf. I feel the chilli eggs would have gone down a treat.

 

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What was a real stand out about this place is the service. Really friendly and attentive. The place was quiet so I’m not sure what it would be like with a full house, but I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt! Only problem is that parking is a bit of a hassle but I will happily put that aside for a good coffee. Will be back asap for a speciality brew and breakfast next time. Definitely worth a visit if you’re going past! 

 

 

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