Sunday, 23 August 2015

Rustica Sourdough, Fitzroy

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Rustica Sourdough Bakery is a bakery/cafe in Fitzroy on Brunswick St, easily accessible by tram 11 and close to another place I've blogged about in the past, Vegie Bar. The bakery is best known for its artisan breads, house roasted coffee and contemporary menu, and its rustic industrial feel atmosphere.

There's definitely a rustic vibe to Rustica, with the front half of the cafe being very open and spacious, though at the back a bit more squashed and dark. There's also seats outside, and the constant stream of people coming in just for a coffee or to buy pastries and bread made for a lively atmosphere. There aren't many decorations on the walls, as most of it is covered in really cool art work, as you can see below.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Red Robyn, Camberwell

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Red Robyn is a well known cafe in Camberwell near the Camberwell library, easily accessible by tram 75. The cafe prides itself on being 100% gluten free, and aims to cater for all dietary requirements. I actually didn't realise the cafe's dishes were all gluten free when I decided to visit, but it was still very delicious nonetheless!

We went on a Sunday and managed to get a seat at the table/bench by the window for two, so didn't have to wait at all. The cafe was very busy the whole time we were there (which was about three hours!), with a lively atmosphere from all the chatter of the customers. We were pretty much the last people left by the time they were about to close, and the staff were good enough to not make us leave just so they could close up early, which was really nice! The service was great, and the staff were really friendly, asking if we had any dietary requirements when taking our order, in case we had any allergies.

There's one wall filled with artwork, and near where we were sitting there was a huge blackboard with a drawing of a robyn, next to a wooden shelf that had a really cool assortment of decorations, many of them being bird themed which was really cute.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

Izakaya Jiro, Hawthorn

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Izakaya Jiro is a Japanese grill and sake bar/restaurant, located on the Glenferrie Road strip where there are lots of eateries. It's easily accessible by tram 16 or a 15 minute walk from Glenferrie Station, and there's plenty of parking on the side streets as well. The restaurant is named after the head chef, and prides itself on serving traditional, authentic japanese food.

The decor of Izakaya Jiro is simple and rustic, with the brick walls contrasting with the Japanese art for a fusion feel. Modern music plays in the background, and the atmosphere is lively yet not too noisy. The staff were friendly and attentive, changing our plates after the entree dishes and ensuring our glasses of water were never empty. The service was average, about a fifteen minute wait at most for our dishes.

Sunday, 2 August 2015

Demitri's Feast, Richmond

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Demitri's Feast is a Greek Cafe in Richmond on Swan Street, conveniently located at a tram stop on line 70 and also close to Church St and East Richmond station. I was actually recommended to visit this place by a colleague at work, and was very happy with the experience here.

The cafe doesn't seem very big, and we were lucky enough to get the last table for three at the bench by the window facing outside, unless we wanted to wait another 15-20 minutes for an actual table. The cafe is cosy, with the front half of the cafe having minimal decorations apart from a shelf of art pieces, and the back half full of framed photos/art. Music plays in the background, and together with the sounds of the coffee machine and chatter from the customers makes for a lively but not too noisy atmosphere. Service was decent for the most part, though it did take awhile to catch the attention of the staff when we wanted to order, as it was quite busy.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Snow Pony, Balwyn

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Snow Pony is a popular cafe in Balwyn, easily accessible by tram 109. The cafe is probably most well known for its toasted banana bread with a berry compote and topped with pistachios, which I had on my first visit here.

Even though it doesn't look very big, the cafe does have a lot of seats, as past the initial area there's an outdoor area that's fully covered, another interior area and then another outdoor area after that. We sat in the outdoor area that was fully covered, so it was still relatively warm and still allowed for the natural light to come through. The atmosphere was quite lively as it was very busy when we went on a Saturday morning, with upbeat music also playing in the background.