After months of vague intentions and a fulsome recommendations from Hayley, we finally made our way out to Camberwell to check out the Sunday Rotary market. On the way, we swung by the Butterfly Cafe, as recommended by Claire, the Melbourne Gastronome. It's a nice little cafe, with some attractive outdoor tables and cute interior decorations. The menu is just a blackboard in the corner and it's all counter-ordering and casualness. The vego menu options were pretty limited: eggs florentine, porridge, fruit salad and the couple of toast-based treats that we went for.
I had the mushrooms, fetta and thyme on toast ($12), which was pleasant enough without really winning me over. The toast was thick and grainy, and everything on top was cooked impressively enough, it was just a little on the small side and a tad uninteresting. I reckon for $8 it would have been a huge success, but there are some pretty good brekkies around for $12 and this didn't quite cut it.
Cindy had the avocado and tomato salad, also on thick chunks of toast. It all looked pretty good to me (except for my tomato issues) - generous slatherings of avocado and huge tomato quarters and a few leaves of basil leaves seasoned with a splash of lemon juice. It was all very tasty, but like me, Cindy was hungry again much sooner than after our usual bought breakfast feasts. So, we were agreed: the food here was fine, but the servings a little small and the choices not particularly inspiring. Still, they are working out of a kitchen the size of a phonebox, so asking for dozens of options is probably a little demanding.
The post-breakfast market visit was a roaring success: it was nice to see second hand goods selling for genuinely second hand prices - not a $10 used book to be found.
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