Fourth Chapter, Prahran

7/02/2017 , 0 Comments

Fourth Chapter is a brightly lit cafe located in Prahran on High Street, next to the Victoria Gardens and easily accessible by tram 6. It's also about a fifteen minute walk from both Prahran and Windsor stations, and there's plenty of parking on the side streets.

The interior of the cafe is very bright, with white walls and the large windows at the front allowing plenty of natural light to enter. Plants hang from the ceiling in the back part of the cafe, and there's seating outside both out the front and back. The atmosphere is very upbeat and vibrant; we went around 1pm on a Saturday and it was still very busy with people. The music however was almost too loud, and we found ourselves having to raise our voices quite a lot to hear each other over all the tables of people and general sounds of the cafe.

There's a good range of breakfast dishes at Fourth Chapter with a couple of lunch options as well, and there's a lot to cater for vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and dairy free dietary requirements. We went with the Southern Fried Chicken Bao ($21.50) and a Nourish Bowl ($19.50) as well as a skinny capp ($3.80) and a hot chocolate ($4.50). The capp had a good milkiness and frothiness though could be slightly stronger. The hot chocolate wasn't too sweet, though seemed to go cold quite quickly so could've been a bit hotter.

The Southern Fried Chicken Bao came with pickled cabbage, sriracha aioli, chilli and lime cashews, and was a really delicious dish. The bao was nice and soft, and the chicken itself had a crispy outer but was soft and tender on the inside. The sriracha aioli and chilli weren't too prominent, but added to the flavours of the dish, so would be okay even for those who can't really take spicy food. The pickled cabbage cut through the heavier flavours with its perfect balance of creaminess and crunch, however the ratio of cabbage to chicken was a bit too much for a personal taste.

The Nourish Bowl consisted of golden cauliflower with roasted pumpkin, avo, edamame, wild rice, pickled beet, tofu and roasted sesame kewpie mayo. The bowl had a really great combination of flavours and textures, and was a refreshing dish with great portions that wasn't too filling. The pickled beets had a nice crunch and subtle sweetness to it, together with the thin crispy outer of the tofu and bean shoots contrasted nicely to the softer textures of the creamy avo and roast pumpkin. The cauliflower had a slight acidity to it that added flavour, as well as the kewpie mayo that had a strong roasted sesame flavour.

Overall it was a great experience here at Fourth Chapter and I'd definitely recommend coming if you're in the area. Although on a main street it's in a quieter area from the heart of Prahran/Chapel Street for a brunch outing.

Ambience: 7/10
Service: 7.5/10
Food: 8/10

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