We decided to give Matt a break from the super-urban vibe of Tokyo with a bike ride through some of Melbourne's inner-city greenery. Of course it wouldn't be a trip worth taking if there wasn't a fine breakfast at the end of it - luckily CERES markets (with the recently rediscovered cafe) connect nicely with the Merri Creek Trail.
We've covered the pleasant atmosphere in our last post - kids and dogs once again ruled the roost, and things were a little busier this week, with the sun shining through a bit more strongly. Nevertheless, we found ourselves an outside table and settled in to peruse the menu. I was tempted to go back for a second shot at the baked eggs, but the late start had left me starving enough to tackle the big vego breakfast: "eggs how you like them, served with oven-roasted mushrooms, spinach, marinated tofu, beetroot chilli relish and organic sourdough toast brushed with herb-infused olive oil." It was a fairly tasty brekkie - particularly the beetroot - but there were a couple of problems. Firstly, I asked for my eggs poached, but ended up with weird soft yolk fried eggs. Secondly, for $17, I expected a little more food than this - maybe an extra slice of tofu. For $12 this would have been fantastic, for $17, it was probably only adequate.
Cindy decided to sample something from the lunch menu - a special: fresh tomato, basil, boccocini cheese and pesto bruschetta. It was too tomato heavy for my tastes, but Cindy chowed down happily - enjoying the tangy tomato and the fantastic pesto. She's not a huge boccocini fan, so I got to sample some of the chewy, pesto-dappled cheese, which made up for my 'big' breakfast being more on the medium side.
The CERES cafe churns out mostly organic, veg-friendly treats - with eggs and various vegies sourced directly from the CERES farm. The service is friendly and surprisingly efficient given the chaotic nature of the place. It's a fine summer breakfast stop-off, with a nice little market on the side, and we'll no doubt be back again soon.
Read about our previous trip the CERES cafe here.