Wednesday, October 19, 2011

North Cafeteria III

October 15, 2011
Cindy and I decided to make a long overdue return visit to nearby North Cafeteria on Saturday morning. Nothing much has changed - it's a welcoming, slightly hip stop that manages to separate itself from the rest of the Rathdowne strip. The menu hasn't changed too much over the years, yet we both found something new to sample.

Cindy ordered the French toast with poached pear, walnuts and honey labne ($14.50).

They got the proportions of this dish right - no skimping on the fruit or heavy handed syrup puddles. The French toast itself was OK and all the trimmings were done well, adding up to a fairly solid sweet start to the day.

I went for a bagel-based brekkie, with poached egg, goat's cheese, roast capsicum and asparagus ($10.50).

This had the makings of an excellent dish: well poached egg, the excellent flavour combo of roast capsicum and cheese, spring-appropriate asparagus on top. I found the rocket a bit of a pain to deal with (as with the bagel at Manchester Press) and was let down slightly by the rough and chewy asparagus stalks. Not a bad effort though.

We were both satisfied with our meals, and with decent coffee and friendly service North is just a pleasant place to hang out. A good way to get the weekend started.

Read about our previous visits here and here. Since our last visit both Mel: Hot or Not and The Hungry Lawyer have enjoyed their North Cafeteria experiences.


North Cafeteria
771 Rathdowne Street, Carlton North
9348 1276
veg brekkies: $4.50 - $14.50

Accessibility: North has a ramp on entry but is a little cramped inside. Ordering happens at the table, payment at a low counter. We didn't explore the toilets.

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