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Wednesday, 9 April 2014
True North: Coburg cafe
The Three Thousand, it is in "Coburgia" where "the beards and tattoos [are] encroaching on the Nonas and fruiterers". Be warned that I also got sidetracked by a cafe of the same name in America.
I decided to try the BLT. The Bacon (or facon) was thin and crispy, the Lettuce was crunchy, the Tomatoes and mayonnaise kept it saucy and the seeded sourdough bread was dense and pleasing. On the side were some fancy corn chips. I loved this as a light lunch.
A Pocketful of Joy at La Mama) feeling very satisfied.
I already knew what I wanted: The Reuben sandwich with vegan bacon instead of the pastrami. When I asked the owner he said it might taste a bit odd. But they did it for me. It was great. I have never had a Reuben sandwich and this mix of vegan bacon, cheese, sauerkraut and mustard was a delicious mixture of crunch, melty, sharp and spicy. With chips and a pickle on the side.
Afterwards, I was curious about the sweet pie of the day. My mum and I shared a slice of the peach, honey and cinnamon pie. For research, you understand! I had thought it would come warm and was surprised it was room temperature. I wasn't very keen on having it served with cream poured over it (one of my childhood dislikes). The pastry was nice but I am not really into pastry. It was the peach the drew me to the pie and the peach that I loved. It was scrumptious. Juicy and flavoursome.
Eastern Bloc and Little Deer Tracks, it does seem that the hipsters are moving into Coburg.
2a Munro Street, Coburg
03 9917 2262
Open: weekdays 7am - 4pm, weekends 8am - 4pm
True North Facebook page
UPDATE September 2016: We still go to True North occasionally. The cafe is doing lots of theme nights and had much clearer dietary options on the menu now. I tried the rhubarb and vanilla fizz recently and also had a delicious sandwich with vegan chorizo, roast potato, melted cheese, lime and coriander pesto.
Posted by Johanna GGG at 22:05
Labels: eating out
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Oh! I've been walking past that cafe every day for the last couple of weeks on the way to work - was wondering what it was like! I shall have to investigate!ReplyDelete
Thanks Catherine - would love to hear what you think - on their facebook page there was a note about doing takeaway sandwiches in the morning for workersDelete
What a great place! It sounds like they do a good job of catering to everyone, even if you need to pick your day to get the vibe you're after ;) I love the sound of the menu too and am glad you got some pie research in. That kind of research is important!ReplyDelete
Thanks Kari - pie research is the best kind - though I would love them to offer a chocolate cake - and I liked that they were willing to make changes to the reuben - that is my sort of placeDelete
Great review! I'll be going there next while Husband probably goes to Zaatar!ReplyDelete
Thanks Veganopoulous - I think the salad sandwich might be vegan and I am sure you could make some others vegan with the bacon and chorizo - you probably need to ask about things like butter and mayo (if you try the BLT) but I am sure you are used to that - hope to hear how you goDelete
I love when you take us along on your family excursions:) It sounds like you have found a close keeper in that cafe. The food sounds yummy and the vegan examples sound just as good as their counterparts. I'm going to have so many places to visit when I venture abroad, lol...
Thank you so much for sharing, Johanna...
thanks Louise - glad you come along - just let me know when you land in Melbourne and I will be happy to show you about :-)Delete
I'll be honest, I've never had fake meat. I don't like the taste of meat or the idea of it being in my mouth. Haha. This place looks pretty awesome. I would definitely be curious to try everything you ordered though. Yum!ReplyDelete
Thanks Cass - I tried the facon in the supermarket when I was first veg out of curiosity and was not keen - too meaty - not sure if they use the same one (the one I have in mind is probably sanitarium) - I still found the meat taste quite intense but they did a great job of getting it quite crispy and it was much better than just leaving the meat out altogether - though the salad sandwich looked really good (wish I had taken notes on what was in it - I think tomato, avocado, lettuce and .... will update if I find out)Delete
Yep, I'm with Sylvia again for this one.ReplyDelete