Outside the tables were matched with half painted wooden seating and there was the cutest dog outside.
We put through our coffee orders while we perused the menu. We noticed that the food items were asian-influenced which was interesting for a brunch cafe.
After we ordered our food, our coffees arrived. Ms SJ liked her latte, especially now that she can actually drink coffee without having major heart palpitations. Ms L drank her long macchiato wordlessly which I take as a good sign.
My coffee was strong, robust with no bitter taste. I can only have coffees on Fridays and Saturdays as I stay up late anyway otherwise on weekdays, I lay awake in bed in a tossing-and-turning nightmare. So yeah, I really appreciate coffees on those days I’m able to have one.
As we entered the cafe, Ms L took note of the wonderful looking Geisha dish and decided to go with that. The tuna was briefly seared and crumbed with black and white sesame seeds. It was incredibly delicious with a sweet soy & 5 spice sauce, while the beans were sweet and had a nice bite. The wasabi potato mash went well and was a good carb element although towards the end, the wasabi flavour increasingly became overbearing.
Ms SJ and I went for The Hunter dish, to which I added a poached egg, Ms SJ declined as she can’t eat any eggs with runny yolk. We not-so-politely informed her that she was missing out on one of the greatest things on earth. The Hunter was scrumptious with the portebello mushrooms and salty chorizo tossed in a balsamic and port crème fraiche dressing while the toasted sourdough had lashings of the earthy truffle oil. The poached egg had golden runny yolk although two poached eggs probably would have made for a better ratio.
Twenty & Six Espresso were closing at 3pm that day so the cafe was quite empty as when we were leaving which made for a good photo opportunity.
I immensely enjoyed my visit to Twenty & Six Espresso and I’m very glad to have finally tried it. Since the cafe has limited seating, I would advise people to come earlier on the weekends or be prepared to wait – but I’m pretty sure the people of Melbourne are used to waiting for tables at restaurants these days.