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Monday, November 12, 2012

The Petty Officer

I can't believe how fast this year has gone by! I think as I get older, the years seem to fly by like nothing and now, it's just only a month and a half before the end.of.the.year - scaaary! I was accompanying Mr A to Albert Park on an early Sunday morning, where they had organised a soccer practise session but the City2Sea marathon thwarted all our efforts to drive in. Numerous detours and long winded u-turns later, things worked in my favour and Mr A and his friend gave up on the soccer idea so we were off to have brunch instead.

Recently brought about by the owners of the popular Axil Coffee Roasters in Hawthorn, The Petty Officer is located in Albert Park and, like Axil Coffee Roasters, it is a coffee specialist cafe. The interior is stunning in my opinion - really making the most of the natural sunlight that flows in, clean lines in light neutral colours and a cool painting of a hawk by David Pereira which catches your eye upon entering. The cafe was at full capacity when we arrived so we joined the waiting list with an expected 15 minute wait and were seated at the high tables by 11am.

Our waitress was so enthusiastic that when the boys ordered their coffee, they were swayed by her description of the Kenyan beans they had in that day. The coffees were incredibly creamy and robust with little bitterness.

Magic ($4)

Unable to have coffees on Sundays (stupid low caffeine tolerance), I just settled for food. The fritters were light in both flavour and texture although the bloody mary salsa more than made up for it. It was zesty and punchy while the creme fraiche complemented the dish. I would have loved avocado with this dish for some freshness or smoked ocean trout for more substance - I probably should have ordered it but it was too late once I started eating.

Corn, zucchini & mint fritters with bloody mary salsa, celery salt & creme fraiche ($15)

Both of the boys ordered the ocean trout, a dish I was tossing up between with the corn fritters. The house smoked ocean trout was appetising with the crisp potato croquette and the perfectly poached egg. The beetroot relish was fresh and lightened up the dish with the zesty and creamy preserved lemon yoghurt. Mr A really enjoyed his dish although the serving was on the smaller side.

House smoked ocean trout on potato croquette with beetroot relish, spinach, preserved lemon yoghurt & a poached egg ($17.50)

When we were paying at the counter, there were two trays of baked goodies just tempting us but unfortunately I wasn't feeling great (eating raw onion makes me feel queasy, so weird) so we skipped.

Baked goodies at the counter

As you can see, the space is very refreshing and inviting.


They also had a lunch menu available from midday which consisted of burgers and sandwiches

Breakfast menu

The cafe was bustling, so at first service was very slow, but when our waitress noticed that we were waiting and ready to order, she dropped what she was doing, and took our orders. The wait for food wasn't too long considering the full cafe and our bubbly waitress made sure we were looked after. I'm rarely ever in this part of town but I could be persuaded by a visit to The Petty Officer - next time for their twice cooked french toast.

After returning home, we attempted a 3km run over to our friends house - I probably ran less than 100 metres before I gave up the idea of running, instead walked over and got a lift back home from them. Haha FAIL but I'm proud that I actually walked 3kms; the most exercise I ever do in a day is walking 4 blocks in the city!

Food: 7.5/10
Service: 8.5/10
Value: 7.5/10
Will I return? Yes, enjoyed our time here and would love to chill here again.

The Petty Officer
113 Victoria Avenue
Albert Park VIC 3206
(03) 9686 3000


Daily 7am - 4pm

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8 thoughts:

  1. Catherine! YAYY~~~ new blog post!~ This is one thing I look forward to every week! Hahaha. I'm such a fan girl >.<

    Great post as usual! Funny you say that onion makes you queasy. I dont like raw onions too. Whilst it doesnt make me feel queasy.. I hate the after taste.

    But man those two dishes looks ab fab!!!

    And.. missy, we need to meet up for brunch! x

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    1. Haha aw thanks darling! Yeah I hate the after taste and I think it makes me feel really queasy :/ I usually pick out raw onions but this was in the salsa so no choice haha bleh! Yes, brunch soon :)

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  2. I agree with you! The year has just FLOWN by way too quickly, I'm having trouble catching up with lost time lol but at the same time, I'm quite excited about Christmas hehe

    Ohhh I've heard a few people talk about The Petty Officer but haven't had the chance to visit my weekend, are a little crazy lately so I might have to go extra early for breakfast instead :P

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    1. Haha I'm only excited for the Xmas holidays. You're lucky because you have an overseas trip to look forward to :P

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  3. I will take note of the corn fritters with avo :) for next time! So int

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    1. Hehe good let me know if you end up going! :)

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  4. I love Axil, good to see that petty officer has a similarly high standard of brunch fare on offer :)

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    1. I think next time I'm going to give their burgers a try too! Miss Axil coffee!

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