I made a whirlwind trip to Melbourne earlier this week to go to the US Consulate to get my visa to study in Washington D.C. I’m APPROVED! Yay!
But that wasn’t the only yay. The food in Melbourne is fantastic and I was lucky enough to have a delish breakfast with my lovely friend Tilda at the wonderful new cafe in Abbotsford called Three Bags Full. With very chic yet relaxed decor, including repurposed traffic signs as seats and tables, the cafe apparently attracts queues on the weekends. Melbournians are so crazy about their cafes they are willing to queue for breakfast if the spot is top notch.
We didn’t have to queue. Three Bags Full has a well-edited breakfast menu, each dish focusing on a handful of clear flavours well executed.
I had these delicious grilled mushrooms on thick wholegrain toast, sprinkled with dukkah and served with chunks of gooey goats cheese. Just delish. I am crazy about tomato relish, and when I saw that the relish at this caf is homemade, I ordered some on the side, which was also fantastic. My brekkie buddy had the homemade baked beans on toast with rocket and said it was “nomtastic”.
So is it queue-worthy? I’d say yes. There’s some shots of the interior over here, I was too busy chatting to take any.
Three Bags Full. 56 Nicholson St, Abbotsford, Melbourne. Ph: (03) 9421 2732
We also had some fabulous food at:
Peko-Peko Japanese and Kent St Bar, both on Smith St in Collingwood. Fantastic Japanese! I can highly recommend the sweet potato dumplings and the Curry Don! Mmm. Kent St has some great cider and mulled wine, the hipster Melbournians winter drink of choice. Mmm. Full bar review over here.
RiceBar. 121 Grattan St, Carlton. A cheap student restaurant selling a range of rice-based Asian dishes, I came here to get a hit of something Indonesian or Malaysian before driving back to Albury. No Indonesian on the menu, but some Malaysian dishes, including a nasi lemak, which was decent (but I’m a harsh critic… I’ve been very spoiled with food in the last few years). Cheap by Melbourne standards ($10 for a nasi lemak, which after being in SE Asia for so long is shockingly expensive lol). Here’s a pic of my nasi lemak.
It looks tasty, right? It’s a shame that here in Australia, banana leaves are expensive, so shops have to resort to banana leaf patterned plates…. none of that lovely aroma from the leaf.