La Condesa Taqueria is not breaking new ground, you’ve heard it all before – it’s a small taqueria with the total items on the menu being so concise that you could count them on the fingers of your hands. Apart from the small window front, the rest of the area is in a sort of makeshift beer garden hidden off a back alleyway.
You might notice that Melbourne is a little besotted with Matt Forbes. Personally, I don’t know how he does it, supplying numerous cafes all week long with delightful cakes and the variously flavoured doughnuts. The other day, while I was painfully whisking away at a lemon sabayon for a mere eight minutes, I really had to give applause to this man who did this sort of thing on the daily.
With so many cafes opening up in Melbourne lately, sometimes it’s good to get away from all the hype and hit up an oldie but a goodie. Lux Foundry can be found in an impressive heritage-listed building in Brunswick, with ample seating both inside and out to accommodate the breakfast and lunch crowd. The coffees are made using Proud Mary coffee beans; we’re not coffee connoisseurs but we did enjoy our flat white and long macchiato.
Docklands is a bit of a pain to get to if you don’t work or live in the area. However, I drive by every single morning on the way to work so one morning when Mr A and I had woken up early and arrived at Docklands at the seemingly unearthly hour of 8am, we decided to go have coffee before the daily grind. Kenneth, Melbourne’s unofficial ambassador for new cafe and restaurant openings, had recently posted on instagram about his visit to the days-old coffee and foodstore, story• in Docklands which had been opened by the people behind Dukes Coffee Roasters. Being an unashamedly big fan of their other cafes, I suggested we take a walk to check it out. It eventuated to quite the adventure as we were unfamiliar with that area of Bourke Street and ended up with a 15 minute walking detour!
I seem to be out brunching a lot more these days and after a while, even a good corn fritter will be lost in all the haze of brunches I have. Ms L and I decided to go for something different and the dishes offered at Spout cafe were enough to entice us to head south. Spout is a suburban cafe catering to locals and was overwhelmingly busy by the time we arrived, only managing to squeeze into a tiny space by the door.
The elements in the Shakshuka intrigued Ms L, a twist on the usual baked eggs. The grilled haloumi was chewy and delicious with the tart tomato base and runny eggs; the pide being perfect to soak up all the flavours and runny egg yolks.
With a high proportion of fine restaurants and cafes in that area already, it seems like Flinders lane is forming its own little gourmet bubble. From the people behind Hardware Societe and a few others, a new cafe encompassing all things New York City has arrived in Melbourne.
Bowery to Williamsburg – the sign brings back flashes of riding the subway, and with mentions of Reuben sandwiches, lox bagels and all types of schmears, it feels like a little slice of New York City.