Eat here: Lady Bower Kitchen, Melbourne (cafe)

Lady Bower Kitchen, Reservoir,  Melbourne
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Sunday mornings are the best. We seem to have falling into a routine now which I really love. It goes something like this:
– Wake up around 7.30 (we’re early risers by nature)
– Walk 5 or 6km
– Find a cafe to eat breaky, relax, discuss future travel plans
– Walk 5 or 6km back home or to where ever we’ve left the car
– Get on with the rest of the day

One of my favourite breakfast nooks is the Breakfast Club (see more of them here and here), but this time, given that it was a surprisingly beautiful, sunny winter morning, I decided on a different spot, where I knew we’d be able to get a seat outdoor in the sunshine, and therefore bring the furry child along as well, who is always keen for both a walk and breakfast.

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Welcome to Lady Bower Kitchen! It’s a bit cute, a bit kitsch, a bit hipster, and as yet, probably a bit underrated. It’s in a quiet area that you wouldn’t be able to easily stumble upon if you don’t actually live in the area, so you really need to know what you’re looking for. If you’re not from the northern suburbs, it’s well worth the trip. I’m quite surprised to see some reviews that reflect some customers’ disappointment in the limited menu (personally, I’d rather a limited menu that’s done well than a million options that are all mediocre) and the “poor, inattentive service” (we’ve been here numerous times and have always had very friendly and attentive service, regardless of the day or time we’ve turned up).

Someone (though it wasn’t me or Marley) was still recovering from a big Saturday night out so he went with the seeded toast and spreads & a fruit punch (in the jar you can see in the very top photo). Luckily for me, someone wasn’t particularly hungry so I got some bread to try the spreads with. Feijoa jam, quince jelly and lemon curd. All amazing. Marley also shared the toast, and he thoroughly enjoyed it, being his mother’s furry son; carbs with fat and sugar are always appreciated.

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I went with the apple, rhubarb & raspberry bircher muesli. Oh my goodness, that’s a seriously delicious bowl of breakfast goodness. The rhubarb and raspberry compote was incredible, just sweet and tart enough all at the same time, and the muesli itself was really creamy. The apples were super crisp – it all just worked perfectly. I rarely order this sort of stuff for breaky because I can do a pretty solid porridge or overnight oats myself. I’m not sure what made me order this, but I’m glad I did, and I’ll absolutely be back for another serve again soon!

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It was a pity I wasn’t super hungry, because there was the most magnificent display of cakes and biscuits sitting on the front counter just begging me to try them all, so it might be a pot of tea and cake for breakfast next time! I know when most of us Melbournites think of great breakfast spots, we usually migrate to Brunswick, Fitzroy, those parts. But with great food and seriously amazing service, it’s worth the trip out to Reservoir to visit Lady Bower for your breakfast or brunch next weekend!

 

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Eat here: The Breakfast Club, Melbourne. Again.

The Breakfast Club, Northcote, Melbourne
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So, as you might surmise given that I’ve written about this place before, I really love The Breakfast Club. We try to get here at least once a fortnight, walking the 6km from our house to eat breaky there, and then the 6km back home to digest. This particular weekend gave us a pretty nice day, so the stroll down St George’s Rd (long as it was) was really very pleasant!

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It’s getting to be a popular little place, particularly with the northern suburb hipsters, and it’s easy to see why. It’s cosy and cute, with kitschy little mismatched salt and pepper shakers on the tables, a gorgeously decorated bathroom, and tattooed, thrift shop-clad staff (this isn’t an insult, by the way – I love their tattoos and am inked up myself, and they’re always so lovely and smiley and friendly, even first thing on a Sunday morning!).  They do have a gorgeous little café area inside, but we have our “regular” spot out the side-way that we prefer. It’s quieter, more private, and nice to be sitting in the fresh air.

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We’re usually pretty boring and order the same thing every time, but my last post was the day we decided to try something different. This weekend past, we went back to our regular order, and as usual, it was perfect.

Poached eggs with avocado on wholegrain toast for me – the toast is amazing, they use good quality avocado and are never stingy with it, and my eggs are always poached to perfection.

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Husband’s usual is the potato croquettes with bacon, avocado, chipotle mayo and poached eggs. Always delicious – can’t really go wrong with fried potato and bacon, can you?

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And because we’re dorks and we can, breakfast usually ends with a pot of tea and cake of some sort. It was brownie this time – it was the size and weight of a small house brick, but we figured it was ok because we had a 6km walk home ahead of us. It was thick and gooey and all sorts of marvellous. Also, the teapots come out wearing cosies, which scores extra points, because I’m a huge dork. Or maybe I’m turning into a hipster. Hmmm…

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With that, we paid the bill (again, around $40.00 for the works), and started the long walk home. So, why go there? Great food, relaxed weekend breakfast atmosphere, lovely staff, and it’s not in any of the big inner suburbs, which means its not packed with pretentious hipsters, just friendly neighbourhood ones! See you next weekend guys, thanks for another top notch breakfast!

 

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Eat here: The Breakfast Club, Melbourne

The Breakfast Club, Northcote, Melbourne
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As promised on a recent post, I had to share my favourite breaky spot, The Breakfast Club. Located in Northcote, it’s tucked away from any of Melbourne’s typically busy breakfast suburbs like Fitzroy and Brunswick, which is part of why we love it so much. It’s a decent walk from our place, so we get a bit of much needed exercise on a Sunday morning as a trade off for our delicious breakfast. It’s also a really pretty walk down St George’s Rd..

Photograph © Jess Carey 2014

Anyway, they have a little shop front on St George’s Rd, a gorgeous, homely little cafe inside, and a fantastic little hipsters-paradise corridor courtyard, our preferred seating area.

Photograph © Jess Carey 2014

Photograph © Jess Carey 2014

I’m usually pretty predictable and order the same thing for breaky here, the thick multi grain toast with poached eggs and avocado, but I decided to go something a little different today – the heirloom tomatoes on brioche toast with toasted almonds, mozzarella and olive oil jam (oh. my.)… light breakfast, but absolutely delicious!

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Husband tried the fried chicken and avocado sandwich – he didn’t rate it super highly as he said the bread got pretty soggy after the first few bites. Good flavours though!

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After breakfast, we usually hang around a while for a pot of tea and some cake – our absolute favourite is the lemon meringue slice. Biscuit base, silky smooth lemon curd, topped with chunky, chewy coconut macaroon… ahhhhh SO GOOD!!

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And with full, happy bellies, we pay the bill ($40 for all of that), and start the walk back home… We’ll be back next weekend!

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P.S. Most of my pictures can be found on Instagram too – find me at @_jc_08_  : )

 

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