Friday, November 15, 2013

Eat. @ Prospect Espresso

2A Prospect Hill Rd, Camberwell 3124 ph (03) 9882 7359

Prospect Espresso is another excellent little coffee place in Camberwell which serves up some pretty nice food.  I've been on a number of occasions when I've shopped at the Camberwell shops and have always enjoyed the coffee and pleasant food.  The staff have always been friendly, and extremely accommodating when I've had Bubs with me.

Coffee is their forte, and my mochas ($3.8) are consistently smooth and lovely.

Their Breakfast Roll ($12.5) with bacon, poached egg and hollandaise is a pretty filling breakfast.  I've had it "burger style", but it also works "deconstructed" when I've shared it with Bubs.

On my most recent visit I noticed the Buttermilk Panna Cotta ($12.5) served with mango mousse, passionfruit and amaretto biscuit on the breakfast menu.  I ummed and ahhhed about the decadence of having a dessert for breakfast/brunch - it's surely no more indulgent than having brioche french toast or sticky date pudding right?!  Boy, I was so glad I did.  Not only was the dish delicious, but I was surprised at how beautifully plated it was!  The flavours made me long for our still-missing-in-action Spring weather, with the light fruity mousse a perfect compliment to the oh-so-smooth panna cotta, the added almond crunch of the amaretto bikkies giving it the perfect textural kick.  I must say this is one of the most delightful dishes I've tried this year!

The little shop is always packed when I've visited, but the staff have always been friendly and helpful.  A must visit when shopping at Camberwell Junction!

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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Eat. @ Patricia Coffee Brewers

493-495 LittleBourke St, Melbourne CBD 3000 ph (03) 9642 2237

I've said on more than one occassion that I am extremely envious of city office workers.  Not for the commute obviously, but looking forward to the variety of lunch time offerings would definitely make getting up in the morning to go to work a whole lot easier!  I have long heard about the great coffee at Patricia from all my city-worker friends, and I finally dropped in on a day when I was out and about by my self, no work, no kids!

Just as well I didn't bring Bubs, as Patricia is the cutest littlest coffee place, with stand up room only.  The staff's friendly, and seem to know their regular clientele well.  The hidden unmarked entrance off Little Bourke Street only gave aways its secret by the clusters of suited up workers waiting for their coffee outside.

Like quite a few  of the boutique coffee places around town (eg/ Market Lane Coffee), I can't get a mocha here.  I opted for a more exotic Costa Rican as a latte.  Rich and pretty, I can see why they have such a cult following.

I'd missed out on the  Lune croissants for the day, but this was made up by a wonderful canele from Gracious and Delicious.

You lucky CBD workers, I would so love THIS around the corner from my work (or house)! 

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Coffee stop - standing room only, no high chairs of course!