107 High St, Preston
Happy Friday everyone! Congrats on making it through yet another week (almost)! By this stage, you should be considering brunch options for the weekend; allow me to assist. I’ve driven past this place over and over again without ever really noticing it – pretty easy to do with it’s run down, hole-in-the-wall exterior, tucked away in Preston. But last weekend, after the final round (hopefully) of hospital tests, I made my way over there for a post-fast breaky/what’s-been-doing? dates with JV, on a recommendation she’d had from a work colleague.
It’s a teeny tiny little space a few doors down from Chew, with room inside for maybe 20 brunchers, and another 10 or so outside. The kitchen is a little matchbox stuck in behind the front counter, and they work the cramped area surprisingly well.
The menu consists of a number of baked egg items (like the baked eggs with chorizo and guacamole, and the caramelised leek and goats cheese baked omelette), as well as a nice range of pides – the Turkish influence on the menu is pretty apparent.
JV went with the spinach and cheese gözleme, which looked pretty delicious. I went with the green eggs and ham (baked eggs, rocket, pesto & Barkly Smokehouse grandmother ham) with gluten free bread from Fatto A Mano Bakery. Unfortunately, eggs were well and truly overdone – no gooey, dripping orange yolk to be found 😦 BUT the ham was incredible – thickly cut pieces, rich, smoked flavour, and the pesto was the perfect accompaniment.
Great food and super friendly service, but for the cost (the green eggs & ham plus an English breakfast tea came to $21.00) and the fact that baked eggs are their specialty, I’d have expected to get eggs that weren’t so overcooked. That said, I’d still be keen to go back again – the pides looked great, and for under $10, really good value if you need a cheap lunch option in the suburbs this weekend!
As for me, I’m gonna be leaving Melbourne for the weekend with the husband – we’re off to Beechworth for a special little event/challenge… if I make it through it one piece, I’ll tell you all about it when we get back on Monday 🙂