Saturday, July 26, 2014

Little Brew

Little Brew, Paddington
Little Brew was on my wish list ever since I have driven past it a couple of times and knowing it is the sister branch of Brew, I want to give it a try. Miss JaW came back to Brisbane for a short holiday after she decided to return to Perth end of last year. Together with Lainey and her husband, we visited Little Brew for brunch.

It was cold and windy that day but Little Brew provided some soft blanket to those who sat outdoors. What a nice touch! 


Their menu is quite short and simple. I was tossing between the rosti and the corn fritters, but I finally went ahead with the latter. Drinks came by shortly after ordering. 

Chai Tea

I decided to try their brewed chai tea and I was quite disappointed. There was no honey served and the flavour was quite diluted. The others had coffee and JaW commented that her's was burnt. 

It took very long before our meals arrived. Maybe 30-45 minutes? Were the meals worth the wait?

Smoked salmon, sweet potato rosti - $18.50
with horseradsih cream, baby beetroot, rocket, sesame and poached egg

Ultimate bacon and egg sandwich - $14.50
with bulldog sauce and fried egg

Mexican corn fritters - $17.50
with goats cheese, poached egg, rocket and grilled chorizo

JaW and Lainey both had the sweet potato rosti while the man had the bacon and egg sandwich. I tried some of the rosti and they were all right. Quite crunchy and sweet. The corn fritters are more pancake-like instead of the cripsy type of fritters. The flavours were not too bad and I do wish for some kind of relish to accompany it. 

Hmm...Worth the wait? Probably not. We left Little Brew quite disappointed and went to the French Festival for more coffee... 

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Pompidou Cafe

Pompidou Cafe, Hawthorn
I quite like the Eastern Suburbs and finally on a Saturday, I travelled to Hawthorn to catch up with MXM, who had a two hour break before his next search for his new home. Street parking is plenty around Pompidou Cafe, where we had our brunch/lunch then!

This cafe is big in comparison to other cafe and that may explain the quite long wait prior to our meals!

To start my day, I had a cappuccino, just for a change. It was pretty good. 


I was pretty hungry that day, and I want some protein in my dish. So, I chose the 'Bubble and Squeak' with crispy bacon!

Bubble and Squeak with crispy bacon, poached egg and sourdough bread - $18

It was quite a different bubble and squeak that I had tried before. Pompidou's version was made of pumpkin instead of potatoes, constructed with onions and spinach, making it quite sweet. The egg was poached to perfection, and I was satisfied with the crispy bacon. Overall, an all right dish. 

As for MXM, his choice of 'Carrot and chickpea pancakes' was more eye-catching! 

Carrot and chickpea pancakes with spinach, crushed avocado, feta cheese,
poached egg and capsicum jam - $18

What can I say? He finished everything on his plate and it was clean. I take that as a good sign that it was delicious! 

The service was friendly in Pompidou albeit it being busy. We had a good time catching up and hope he will have more luck in house hunting! 

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cafe O-Mai

Cafe O-Mai, Annerley
A couple of weeks ago, I have started a new term in a new department, which is pretty enjoyable! Prior to starting, I treated myself to some brunch in Cafe O-Mai, which is a Vietnamese breakfast with Western influenced cafe. 

There's plenty of street parking available and it was really convenient! Reading through the menu, I was contemplating between traditional Vietnamese breakfast (pho), banh mi and the usual breakfast options.

Finally, I decided on the 'Aunty Five's claypot baked eggs' over the pork meatballs in rich tomato sauce...

Aunty Five's Claypot baked eggs with Vietnamese lemongrass & chilli pork sausage - $15

This Aunty Five's claypot baked eggs is certainly not the usual tomato base baked eggs that we can get from other cafe. The eggs were cooked in a base of tamarind sauce, which I think is more of on the sweeter side rather than sour. I love their pork sausage which has a hint of lemongrass and some spiciness from the chilli. Yum! 

I was tempted by their sweet corn and zucchini fritters so I ordered one as a side dish. 

Corn & zucchini fritter - $3.50

Hehe! I like their fritter. Crunchy on the edges and flavourful! :)

Well, I downed my food with a cup of flat white, which is pretty good. 

Flat White

Cafe O-Mai is a lovely place, although it can be touch busy and noisy on the weekend. Hope to return one day to try their pho and banh mi! 

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