Au79, Abbotsford

I finally made it to this massive, modern and beautiful greenery joint. Long gone the day where a cafe is a cafe… Au79 is not just a cafe but a bakery/pattiserie and a boutique roastery shop. True to it’s saying… it is definitely ‘Good as Au79’.

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First impression.. love all these fiddle leaf trees!! yes I’m a sucker for this designer plants. But there’s just something about plants that makes me happy. Service was efficient and friendly. Of-course this was during lunchtime on a weekday so I’m sure it’s not as busy as it would be on the weekends.

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Menu wise.. slightly confusing. The menu is filled with classic dishes like the Big Breakfast and the smashed avacado etc. however each dishes has a touch of Asian-influenced- e.g. Miso Scrambled Eggs or the korean benedicts or the Okonomiyaki pancake. Prices slightly higher then usual from $5-$8 for a croissant or small cake, to $18-$25 main dish.

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We decided to stick with the basic and hubby got the Big Breakfast which had the usual suspect –  sausage, bacon,mushrooms, poached eggs etc. Tasty but slightly awkward on the small plate. The tomatoes could do with a few more min of grilling and add a touch more of salt and pepper. And the bacon could do with a bit more of a crispiness.

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I ordered the Truffled Croque Madame – the toast was nicely grilled with plenty of gruyere cheese, a touch of mushroom, a fried egg on top and purple pickled cabbage on the side.  I would hope for more mushroom compared to the amount of cheese on the toast and a slightly bigger egg on top. I managed to get through 2/3 of the toasty but overall still good and very instaworthy!

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Coffees – Hubby said his latte was just OK, he would have preferred a stronger shot of espresso but I thoroughly enjoyed my matcha latte which had a good amount of bitterness and sweetness.. Mm…

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“I’m so spoiled, I must have a Starbucks vanilla latte everyday” – Katie Holmes

Seeya!!! XOX

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2Latte, Thornbury

I’ve reviewed 2Latte cafe 2 years ago (to date) and it’s time for an update! As friends of 2Latte – this great modern cafe on High Street deserve another great mention. A reminder that there great local cafe in the north side!

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The key to 2Latte – Family own cafe, where you know you’ll get great customer service who are friendly, open and humble. And that’s why when we have a spare hour or two, we’ll swing by here to grab at least 1… (or 2 lattes) to start my day.

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I love their menu! Options! – not too little not too much. They like to change it up – after-all what you feel like eating in summer isn’t always what you like to eat in winter right? Simple foods make perfect. Ingredients are always fresh. Plenty of fillings in your meals. Servings are generous for the prices they charge.

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With the asian fusion menu hit that has hit Melbourne lately, 2Latte add a touch of just that – reminding us that the owners have a Vietnamese background – that’s right, who say you can’t have a latte with a crispy Banh Xeo (Vietnamese Pancake filled with meat, prawns and asian herbs) OR a classic Big Breakfast with a Ca Phe Sua Da (Vietnamese dripped coffee)???

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And the beautiful desserts are sourced locally.. and sometimes home-made too!! Remember to leave some room to try at least one of their delicious looking sweet goodies or maybe just grab one for takeaway… mMmmm…

“As long as there was coffee in the world, how bad could things be?” ― Cassandra Clare

Later-Days! XxX

| 2Latte are friends of Suey Luey |

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The Tea Salon, Emporium

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What a delightful high-tea place in Emporium! – Very whimsical, English-inspired; all in pink decor great for any princesses!!

Although we booked for the My Fair Lady edition however I think we got the Classic high tea instead which consisted of a three-tier cake stand with ribbon sandwiches, sweet desserts and choice of scone. This comes with hot tea of your choice for $45pp or the beautifully presented iced-tea for $47pp.

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As you can see we went with the iced-tea!!! I chose the Turkish Apple flavour which was so refreshing with a hint of rose, fresh mint leaves & freshly pressed lime juice mmmm… the rose petals and mint made it very instagram-worthy!

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So we all started off with the Scones which was massive! and we all got to choose a flavour each – I chose the Rose one which was very light but a bit too crumbly. The cream and jam complemented the flavour very well. Tried a bit of my friend’s original one and it is very similar.

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The ribbon sandwiches was light and fluffy. Each filling was different and I enjoyed them all from the cucumber + dill butter one to the mayo chicken to the basil pesto spread.. ohh and the salmon!!. Wasn’t a big fan of the smoked meat one but lucky I was too full anyway.. lucky I left some room to enjoy the sugar treats!!!

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The dessert was a bit of a hit and miss for me but they did all looked so pretty!! The chocolate torte was a bit too rich for me or maybe because I’m not a big fan of dark chocolate… I thoroughly enjoyed the Mango mousse cake which was so light with a pretty orangy glazed. The lychee crumb was my least favourite, it was too sweet and crumble had a wierd texture and the jelly was too hard to get to so I just gave up. A small berry tart was also part of the hightea tier but I’m not a big fan of tart so I gave that a missed.

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So overall a very pleasant experience. Book was easy enough online. The girls took a while to come take our order though? – I actually saw one empty table being wiped twice before they approached us….? But lucky enough it only took about 10min or so before we got our drinks then the food not too long after!

“My hour for tea is half-past five, and my buttered toast waits for nobody.”
― Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White

Till Next Time!! xox

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Farm Vigano, South Morang

Second time round at Farm Vigano – still amazes me of the wonderful venue in the middle of a residential neighborhood. A lovely private estate with extensive gardens and beautiful views of the northern suburbs.

The menu mostly include Gourmet pizza and antipasti. Menu is quite confusing to be honest. Prices are on the high side – About $15-25 for a medium size pizza.

Great service from booking to on the day.

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Foods were simple and presented beautifully. I wanted something light so got the Buttermilk fried chicken tenderloins & mustard mayonnaise. I didn’t get much for $16 but it was good nether-less. Definitely wouldn’t call it a share plate.. I ate it all myself! The chicken was moist and the mayo was delicious.

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Had a slice of a friends Melanzane pizza which had a perfect base with delicious roasted eggplant and roasted zucchini. I would be happier with perhaps more fillings though.

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Another friend got the Margherita which looked delicious. Great red pasta sauce and lots of ouzzy cheese.

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So overall a lovely brunch date. If you want a nice view in the northern suburbs and feel like some fancy pizzas then this is the place for you!

“I think of dieting, then I eat pizza” – Lara Stone

Till next Time!

xoxo

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Frank’s, Cheltenham

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I’ve been following Franks’ café on insta for a few weeks now and coincidentally I was in Moorabin over the weekend so we decided to pop in during the Easter break for brunch! Recently opened Cheltenham local is a great café for good coffee, pretty foods and wonderful faces! Such a light and open fixture, it was welcoming and such a treat.

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Service was fantastic! The girls were friendly and happy. Got a table within min.
We started off with a latte and a matcha latte. The coffee were good but slightly too milky. I could do with another tsp of matcha powder for the extra antioxidant boost. My matcha also looked quite pale so initially I thought they had the order wrong…

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Great simple menu options for breakfast, with lunch offered from 11am. Asian and European fusion I believe. Narrowing it down I went with the Vegan Scrambled Eggs which I substitute the tofu scramble with eggs as I’m actually not a vegan but the item sounded so fresh and tasty with the roast tomatoes, eggplant puree and spinach pancakes. First off I must say – it came out looking way too pretty to eat! The eggs was scrambled perfectly and the tomatoes was so juicy. The Spinach pancake was different. A lil bit denser then I would like it as it got a bit too heavy so I managed to finish one but I did polished off everything else on the plate!

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Hubby got the Benedict with the Crispy Pork Belly, Poached eggs and Hollandaise on Sourdough. I could see where the Asian influences came in. Everything on this plate was a delight to eat. Great portion size for breakfast and again very nicely presented.

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Overall a wonderful experience. Tuck away in a more industrial and residential setting but plenty of parking spaces. Will definitely return to try out the other menu items if I’m in the area again!

“I know that eggs do well to stay out of frying pans.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms.

Till next time!!
XoX

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Saint James Cafe, Malvern

Saint James Cafe is the English Cousin of From on High, Hard Pressed; Small Print Pizza Bar, Pedro Espresso & Yorkshire Brewhouse. I’ve seen some reviews recently on this newly opened café (opened about 7 months ago) and finally had a chance to visit on Sunday and was totally satisfied with the experience.

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Craig along with the others at Saint James was exceptional in their services. Love a friendly and happy crew! The café itself was fresh, inviting, and open with a cohesive urban design. I’m a big sucker for designs that include fresh green plants especially that beautiful bird of paradise planter pot in front corner of the café! So chic! Plenty of seatings available, but the tables are a little bit too close to each other which made it a bit uncomfortable to squeeze around. Toilets to the back can do with a lil bit more character.

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The menu is filled with plenty of familiar items with a modern touch.

First off, as a weekend coffee drinker I must say the coffee here is perfect. The drink here is all about the coffee roast; milk texture is creamy with a small layer of foam. Totally delicious!

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The hubby ordered the Saint Benedict which included Berkshire pork shoulder, poached eggs, fresh apple and sauce with hollandaise on toasted sourdough. I think the delicious tender pork, went well with the apple sauce. My husband on the other hand was on the fence about this brunch option. He’s more of a savory man and preferred his eggs as a savory option. Unfortunately the hollandaise sauce got a bit curdled toward the end of the meal but that could be due to the hot plate?

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I on the other hand went toward the sweeter brunch option and got the Strawberry and Cream Pikelets. The buttery soft and spongy pikelets was topped with delicious chocolate soil, fresh berries and meringue gems. While it may sound like a sweetness overload, the dollops of cream fraiche balance the sugar; and the tartness of the berries brings the harmony of the dish together. Topped with some edible flowers, this totally made it on my Instagram page!

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I was stuffed by the end but when Craig generously suggested I should go ahead with one of the sweet option, who could resist the Cookies & Cream Syringe Donut?! Ok it was a bit tooo sweet for me but again totes Instagram worthy! The donut was a little bit more on the doughy side with a great dark chocolate topping that balanced out (haha) the Nutella. Better to share this one with someone I say; but when I do return to Saint James I think I might try another sweet instead.

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I did forget to mention that I also tried the ‘Melon Delight’ juice which unfortunately didn’t hit the mark for me. It was refreshing after all can’t go wrong with apple and watermelon and mint right? However I need an extra oomph to it, perhaps a touch of ginger to bring out the fruity flavour, include some ice for a warm day and a lil bit of visual garnish for that extra appeal like the foods itself which was a work of art in presentation wise.

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Overall I thoroughly enjoyed Saint James. Highly recommend everyone to pop this little gem on your ‘must eat list’ when visiting the neighbourhood!

“When eating fruit, remember who planted the tree; when drinking water, remember who dug the well” ~ Vietnamese proverb

Till next time!
Xox

| Courtesy invite by Saint James Café. Opinions are of my own. |

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The Crux & Co

The Crux & Co  I have to say is one of must absolute favourite patisserie to go to for a tasty coffee and a side of tasty sweet… anything from delicious buttery croissants to cakes. Okay they’re not so cheap but hey, I girl who work hard got to treat herself?!

This time I decided to try out their lunch menu with a girlfriend. At 1pm on a week-day I must say it definitely isn’t the easiest place to get a table. At 33 degrees, sitting outside in one of their cute chic table surely wasn’t the most ideal location however as soon as I got a sneak peek of the other diner’s orders I simply refused to walk away.

Service was great. The girls were professional, efficient and always with a smile. Foods came out within 10-15min.

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I ordered myself the Pork belly burger served with pickled slaw and hand cut wedges. At $19.50 for the menu it’s definitely a lil bit more expensive than my usual lunch cost however it came out presented rather beautifully. The slaw was perfectly pickled with the right amount of pork belly between the sweet brioche buns. Sometime I just wish the pork belly to have a little bit less fat on them and more meat?

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My friend ordered the Scotch quail eggs, aranchini & falafel services on mixed beans and chilli concasses. The dish came out on a large plate, with such vibrant colours that is way too pretty to eat. My friend said that the dish was well balance and was very tasty. However again at $20.50, it is a bit pricey and a rather large dish for lunch.

Overall a lovely lunch experience and I would definitely come back again on another sunny day!

“Sugar is a type of bodily fuel, yes, but your body runs about as well on it as a car would.” ~ V.L. Allineare

Till next time
xox

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