These cafes are either places I wanted more visits before I write about it, places I have already written about or places for which I didn't have much information or time for a full post.
Cornershop (9 Ballarat St, Yarraville) was from summer in 2013-2014. I quite liked the zucchini and mint fritters with cumin yoghurt, sumac and pinenuts. Sylvia had hand cut potato chips which were really good. It was a really lovely space to eat in but my memories are a bit blurry.
- Far left and far right middle: The chocolate muffin from Green Refectory Cafe (Sydney Rd Brunswick) was amazingly good and I also really liked the pie but can't find any notes of what was in it.
- Middle top: Yummy tofu and pumpkin pie from Melbourne University food cooperative.
- Middle bottom: Vanilla slice from O'Hea's Bakery (203-205 O'Hea St, Coburg). I have friends who swear this is the best vanilla slice. It was a bit rich for me but pretty good.
- Far right top: Pumpkin and polenta muffin from Sugardough (Lygon Street, Brunswick). I just love their savoury muffins either on the go or in the cafe with a good book.
- Far right bottom: Cheese, spinach and sundried tomato muffin with pepper from Dench Bakery (109 Scotchmer St, Fitzroy North). Another delicious savoury muffin.
Brunettis (Lygon St, Carlton) was enjoyed in summer, That seems a long long time ago. If memory serves me right, it was actually for Sylvia but I can't remember the occasion.
Brunswick Flour Mill (341 Sydney Rd., Brunswick). I really liked the wooden table and chairs with old advertisements on the walls. This cafe has lots of bakery pies and cakes as well as a cafe menu. I really loved this soup and would return to try other food.
Clarendon Hotel (378 Latrobe Terrace, Newtown) in Geelong back in 2014. I enjoyed the vegetarian lasagna and the golden chips but it was your average pub grub rather than anything fancy. It was a dark cold night and we were glad the kids could play in the indoor area and there was lots of room for us to sit. However we had a long wait for dinner and I was surprised to find some of the kids has to wait ages, which meant tears and meltdowns.
New Day Rising (221D Blyth St, Brunswick East) recently for another of their amazing CLTs. For the uninitiated, that is the coconut bacon, lettuce and tomato bagels. It is such a cute tiny cafe and I enjoyed reading a magazine and gazing out the window while I ate but first I had to find a place to get cash because there is no EFTPOS or credit cards accepted there.
Cinema Nova Bar (380 Lygon Street, Carlton) before a movie. I had the pizza with tomato and basil sauces. I liked it but found that this criss cross of sauces looked good but was a bit much sauce for me. The menu seemed quite snacky but upon checking the recent menu I would like to try it again because there are quite a few vegetarian options and it is so convenient.
Sea Salt (364 Lygon St, Carlton) before the movie. While this is fancier than the traditional fish and chip shop, I like that there is the option of burgers and sushi for vegetarians. I had a vegetarian burger with chips and it was great. This was back in summer when we could sit outside on a balmy evening and chat to other people at the communal table.
Emporium shopping centre opened in the CBD last year, E, Sylvia and I went to the food hall for lunch after a movie. Because the centre was so new, a stall was giving away free green tea ice cream. I can't remember where it was but the ice cream was really good and the colour was amazing.
Miss Marmalade (126 Union St, Brunswick) when I had lunch there with my mum last August. This is the time of year when I feel the lack of seasonal fresh fruit and vegies. So I really loved this fresh hearty healthy salad of quinoa, lentils, barley, greens, almonds on yoghurt flatbread with harissa, truffle pecorino, white bean hummus and pomegranate. It is a really beautiful cafe and I was surprised to see that the back room was very child friendly with books and toys.
Batman Market (Gafney St, Coburg) for ages but last year we went there and I really enjoyed the broad bean pea arancini with cabbage salad. Meanwhile Sylvia and E were more excited to eat a cronut. We must go back and check how the market is going.
Merri Table Cafe (East Brunswick) was nice but quite light on vegies. I had been tossing up between the pho and the zucchini fritter sandwich. I recently tried the sandwich and it was not that impressive. However other foods that people around me have had there recently such as roast potatoes and Dr Marty's crumpets have been really good. I also really like their little sweet snacks for kids such as the chocolate covered dried banana that Sylvia enjoyed. However I prefer a pie at the market cafe and I long for them to open the cafe by the old train that closed over a year ago for refurbishment.
St Ali North (815 Nicholson St, Carlton North). I had gone to meet a friend and found I got my times confused so instead I went to read the paper and enjoy these pancakes with rhubarb, meringues, and pistachio. (I didn't take notes of the actual name). However when I thought about returning there another time it was named Green Park.
So maybe others don't have the chance to eat this lovely pancake again. However it was so pretty and delicious that I still want to share. And note in the photo that at the time, The Age newspaper was featuring the shame of our refugee situation. It seems that things have only got worse since then. But politics aside, I am truly spoiled to live in a town that offers so much good food that I can't keep up with the places I visit.
NOTE: there aren't many vegan meals here as they were featured in my Vegan eating out in Melbourne post late last year. I also have other places that I am still hoping to find time to write about!