The Foodrinkery, Burwood

5/03/2015 , 0 Comments

The Foodrinkery is a small cafe in Burwood, just off Warrigal Road past Riversdale Road. It's in quite a hidden place, next to a park with two or three other shops, and you wouldn't think to find such a great little cafe there.

The cafe has a really friendly, family style vibe to it, with a homely feeling to it from the service of the staff, to the mismatched plates and glasses that our food and drinks came in. There's a lot of quirky decorations up on the walls, and a ladder with small trinkets hangs from the ceiling near the middle tables. There's seating outdoors at the front and back of the cafe, which is great for the warmer weather.

The menu at Foodrinkery isn't very extensive, but there's good variety of breakfast and lunch dishes to choose from, as well as a display cabinet and a specials board. Both my friend and I went with breakfast dishes, and also ordered a mocha ($4) and a Charlie's Orange Juice ($4.20). The mocha was creamy but a little bitter, and could've had a bit more chocolate - my friend found she had to add extra sugar to it. The dishes we ordered were the Baked Fasolia ($14), and the Big Breakfast ($20).

The Baked Fasolia consisted of house made beans and tomato salsa, cooked in aromatic herbs and topped with goats cheese and basil. There was a good mix of tomato and beans so that the beans didn't feel too dry, and the beans themselves were cooked perfectly - firm but not crunchy, and definitely not mushy either. It was a simple but very flavoursome dish, and the portion was surprisingly filling even though it looked quite small.

The Big FD Brekkie consisted of eggs done your way (I chose scrambled), with roasted roma tomato, portebello mushrooms, organic bacon, spinach and chorizo. There was a good ratio of each element of the dish, though overall it felt quite heavy, especially with the two slices of buttered toast. The roasted tomatoes had acidity to balance out the heaviness, but it wasn't quite enough as everything else, even the spinach and mushrooms were quite oily. The scrambled eggs were perfectly cooked though, with a creamy flavour and the chorizo was lovely and spicy. The orange juice I ordered did help wash it down, but maybe having normal toast or hash browns would make it an even more enjoyable dish.

This cafe is definitely worth checking out if you're in the neighbourhood and looking for a brunch place. The staff were extremely friendly and warm, and there wasn't too long of a wait for our food even though it was quite busy when we were there.

Ambience: 8/10
Service: 8/10
Food: 7.5/10
Price: 7.5/10


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