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 ūüôā

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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Monk Bodhi Dharma

In honour of World Vegan Day today, MSB is venturing out to Monk . . .

 

If I was forced to choose one cafe in Melbourne where I was restricted to for the rest of my life, it would be this one.

To be honest, we weren’t hungry in the slightest, but you can’t go to Monk and not eat, so we had no other choice but to have a second breakfast, naturally. We ordered the umami mushrooms with polenta.

Slow roasted king oyster, shitake, oyster & swiss brown mushrooms on a house made pumpkin, spinach & sun dried tomato polenta bread. Served w/ goats cheese, thyme & red chile oil…

Super rich and delicious.. I am glad we shared!

My photo phobia was rampant again so no food porn, sorry guys. Just believe me when I say it was pretty.

Can’t fault the coffee, can’t fault the service, and the menu is like nothing else.

Monk Bodhi Dharma¬†is a speciality coffee house and pride themselves on beautifully made raw vegan and vegetarian food. There is always something different popping up on the menu and their creativity really does amaze me. Don’t let the vegetarian niche put you off all you carnivores out there, i promise you, you won’t be let down.

(PS –> If you take my advice and venture out there, the place is a bit hard to find if you’re a newcomer…you need to go BEHIND the main shops away from the street..and it’s tucked away all inconspicuously. )

 

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So happy World Vegan Day friends! Go eat some lentils. x

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Sierra Tango and their accidental french toast…

Today was accidental and unplanned and completely indulgent. Just went out for an innocent coffee, post-breakfast. Then thought I’d have a look at the menu purely out of curiosity. Fifteen¬†minutes later I had this in front of me…

 

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Ooops.

 

French toast with passionfruit curd. Ahhh yeah it tasted as good as it looks!

 

So there is a new place opened up in Cheltenham called Sierra Tango. And we thought we’d give it a go because it looks really lovely from the outside. They only do brunch on the weekend, which suits me just fine. And they have a fairly small menu, but what’s on there is good stuff. Pet hate … having to spend 20 minutes reading a menu back to front because there are two many things to choose from and everything sounds like a variation of the same thing! :/

The prices are a little bit steep for a regular MSB (especially for us poor student/partially unemployed successes), so I would save this place for dinner or maybe a special occasion brunch. But there were some really nice things to choose from..like a quinoa bircher, spanish baked beans and a Ploughman’s platter. Take a look at their dinner menu here. Note: vegetarian friends out there, not a whole lot to choose from, but there are a couple of options!

Oh and you may have noticed that I took a photo of my food today? It was nerve racking. I only did it because I thought we were relatively alone in the corner (turns out we were not). Good practice, nonetheless.

All up, I’ve written about Sierra Tango a) because the french toast was decadent and I literally ate dessert for a (2nd) breakfast, and b) but more so because the service was so attentive. You can tell that it’s a family business that put a lot of love and care into what they are doing. So go and support local businesses and show ’em a little love!! It might be me cooking for you one day!

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