We're long-time fans of New Day Rising's day-time bagel-focussed offerings, but in the last few months we've fallen in love with their semi-regular New Day Nights events. Run by our old pal Pip, these are three-course vegan meals for $50 including a drink, and this particular one was a bushfire relief fundraiser. We've been to a handful of these, but the most recent was so bloody good that we figured it was time for a quick blog post. They're charming nights - the cafe only seats about 15 people, so it's cosy and friendly and there's always a lovely buzz. And the food! My goodness.
Pip kicked us off with vegan goats cheese, peach and thyme toasts - like a burst of summer in your mouth.
The main course was spectacular too: grilled polenta with blistered tomatoes and basil. Pip always tracks down wonderful produce and finds ways to really let it shine. This was so simple, but we were all giddy at its quality.
It came with a nice fresh salad of mixed leaves and radishes with a simple dressing.
Dessert was another late-summer classic: fresh fig, fig leaf panna cotta and walnut praline. Truly incredible.
It feels weird to write about this perfect meal a few weeks later. This was in that short sweet spot, between the worst of the fires and the dawning realisation that Covid-19 was going to hit hard. We were joined by a couple of friends and had a wonderful meal and a balmy ride home - feels like forever ago. Hopefully Pip will start these up again once all this has passed - keep an eye on New Day Rising's Instagram for updates.
You can read about our earlier visits to New Day Rising here, here, here and here.
____________New Day Rising
221d Blyth St, Brunswick East
menu (this changes every time)
Accessibility: A small step up on entry into a fairly crowded interior. You order at the table and just pay whoever you can grab by the coffee machine. The bathroom is accessed from outside somewhere - we've not checked it out.