A very late breakfast start, a lot of road closures in the CBD, and a quick reply from a friend all lead me to breakfast in North Melbourne this morning, at sweet little Beatrix cafe.
Look, if I’m being really honest, I’d heard about the brioche doughnuts and wanted to give them a try. But, unforutnately, they are only available on Saturdays. Sundays give up caramel pecan sticky buns instead – oh if I *must* …
I brought that one home for afternoon tea.
Beatrix features lots of lovely cakes, big cakes, little cakes and biscuits shaped like moustaches and hula hoops. I tried a bit of the peanut “sandy” as I was paying my bill, and wished I’d bought a few of them to take home as well.
But first, breakfast. Savoury options on this rainy Sunday included granola ($7), Shakshuka – bakes eggs with peppers and tomatoes, fetta and mint ($7), Mushroom toastie ($7) and three sandwich options on delicious ciabatta from Lets-a-Loaf in Caroline Springs.
“The babe” – featuring 6 hour roasted pork belly, with cabbage, dill and apple slaw, with crackling ($13 / $11)
“Beet-rix” with baked beetroot, woodside goats cheese and hazelnuts ($10 / $8)
and the Bea-L-T Ottway Ranges bacon, cos and apple aioli ($9).
Although I was tempted by “The Babe” and I loved the idea of small serving “so you can fit in a piece of cake”! I ordered the Bea-L-T even though, as we were at the end of the season, the tomatoes had been replaced by beetroot. Pfft – I think I like beets better than tomatoes anyway!
The bread was delightful – crunchy crust, but light and not too chewy on the inside. When the roll arrived I did think – ooo – that’s a decent sized breakky, but with the bread being lighter than expected, it was just right portion-wise. The apple aioli had a decent amount of garlic in it, and the beets were delicious.
The coffee is Allpress and the teas are from “The Art of Tea”. The cafe latte was good. I’m looking forward to an excuse to visit here again soon – early on a Saturday so I can grab my a brioche doughnut!
I especially liked that they changed the menu when the tomatoes were no good – there is nothing worse than out-of-season tomatoes, and the interesting selection of baked goodness.
Penny from Jeroxie has also written about Beatrix