Waffle On - Degraves @ Saturday, February 28, 2015
Today we stopped by 'Waffle On' on the way to dinner for waffles, which I've never had before, well at least not homemade or store bought ones. Back home you can buy almost anything packaged/pre-made including pie crust and the wonderful Pillsberry.
Within the last year or two there's a new waffle shop on Swanston opposite City Square, and that was a prompt to try 'Waffle On'. But with so many options it was hard to choose, I don't think it's like ice cream where the vanilla determines of anything else in the store is worth trying.
With that in mind we bought a waffle just with cream, think of it as a pancake with all those different toppings. The waffle was crispy and thick but not doughy or soggy, it was also on the savory side. Though served dusted with icing sugar (which jas says is the herpes of the kitchen) and a bit of canned cream (I forgot to ask if it was fresh or canned there...).
Located by the subway in Degraves, Waffle On looks a bit shifty.
Though you'll soon find out (when they're open) that it's more of one of those laneway secrets.
Grandpa (who's half French) says they have the best baguettes here.
On this occasion we had the chicken, which was simple but good. The baguette was also very long, more than a foot. Sorry no side picture as I really struggle to hold the camera in one hand. It was big/long enough to be both lunch and dinner. Chicken was great, though I'm biased as I do love chicken.
Waffle On is known for their baguettes and waffles, of which we had twice.
You can get them plain or dressed up, which can be $$ for a snack.
Waffles! Ready to be Toasted.
As it's $$ for the dressed-up ones and the apartment is a block away we got take-away.
Conveniently earlier that same day we got some fresh strawberries from the country.
Also we should note that I didn't use all that icing sugar pictured.
I got to soft peak stage, I prefer stronger peaks like whipped cream from a can, but last time I went too far and the cream separated. Working fast we toasted the waffle, spooned the cream over it and got pictures before it got soggy.
So how was it? It was good but sadly nothing amazing, nothing wrong with it and nothing great. But I can't help but think that the waffle is the base and the toppings are essential.
If you're in Glen Ferrie there's also a cafe there that sells the same waffles.
The prices are the same.
So... do you like waffles? Where do you get your waffles?
Green Refectory - Brunching in Brunswick @ Thursday, February 26, 2015
13th Jan (Cake for Dinner) & 14th Feb (Late Afternoon Lunch)
We were planning an early dinner, or at least that was the intention. Next to stop 20 heading out of the city is the 'Green Refectory' which does all day breakfast and lots of yummy cakes and wraps/sandwiches/pastries you often see at general food shops, oh and burgers.
With its exposed brick walls, tiles and things that don't match in a space that's too small it's a great representation of the area, hipster trendy easy-going feel. Though it's small and quite crowded even at 5.30pm.
The first thing I noticed about this place, other than it was small, was the cakes!
We picked strawberry shortcake, a chiffon/angel cake slices with fresh cream and slices strawberries. Serves 2, I ate too much too fast (starving at the time) and didn't feel so good, but this is a perfect dessert on a picnic for two, with a lake and row boat in the background.
I've been craving pavlova for a while, though it takes forever to bake and it quite large so that didn't happen. And I didn't want to pay $12 for a slice at Chockolait, so it's been on the wishlist for a while. This one was soft and fluffy, and very eggy scented, but that's the way it's suppose to be. While I enjoyed it, it's more of a occasion cake, than one I love.
Among the goodies available was slices and muffins, I've heard great things about the muffins with pears in them and we shall get them on our next visit.
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Pre-Made Lunch Options
Tip - They sell yesterday's slices for just $2.
I'm slightly confused what the idea of this place is though, there's lots of breakfast and cakes/muffins, good for brunch. But then there's your lunch selection of wraps and burgers, and they're open for dinner too. Something for everyone at any time I suppose. With their prices and locations, and the size of the shop I'd imagine it would be packed on the weekends and there'll be lines.
We'll be back for a weekday breakfast around lunchtime. Failure to be mainstream, though I can't imagine what that would be like.
Visit Lunch at the Green Refectory. There's a narrow courtyard outback and mainly communal tables. It was consistently busy so we couldn't get a not-blurry picture of part of the menu. The trouble with being mainstream.
Something's missing here...
... I like my cream. :P
Continuing from sweets we started with the 'Blueberry & Pear Muffin' + Cream $3.50, which is their signature thing. It was moist from the pear and perfect with the cream. Though it wasn't very sweet as you could have guesses. Frozen blueberries should be called waterberries. At $3.50 it is the cheapest muffin I've ever had, from a cafe.
Green's Steak Sandwich $11
Fillet Steak, Lettuce, Tomato, Mustard, Cheese, Fried Egg
Since it was lunch we also have savories. He had a steak sandwich, which was bad. The steak was of low quality, and the sandwich relied on the egg and cheese to give it flavour, oh and the pepper which there was plenty of. As to the salt there was only one concentrated area of it. More of my note but they didn't ask which bread he wanted, white bread was presented though we prefers wholemeal/grain.
He consumed 1/4 of the sandwich until he discovered a hair in the egg! We were offered a remake or a refund, and at this point his appetite was gone.
B'fast Stack $11
Potato Pattie, (Bacon), Tomato, Spinach, Halloimi, Mushroom & Poached Egg
Meanwhile my dish went better. This is one large portion! It reminds me of IHOP, think Pancake Parlour but more quantity and cheaper. While it was a simple dish there was lots of flavours. But more your cafe style rather than LuxBite, popular brunch places were a chef created the dish. S/he doesn't cook, they create. No salted & pepper was sprinkled liberally on this dish. The hallomini (cheese) was perfect with the salsa, and potato patty.
It was good though a bit on the oily side, the size is to be share between two. I'm indifferent about recommending this one. While it's very cheap for a brunch-ish place I feel like it's quantity over quality with the savory food.
The desserts are a different story though. Beautiful cake adored the fridge at $4.50 a slice this is Melbourne's cheapest slices at very generous sizes. There was vanilla/caramel slices, Tim Tam Cheesecake, another cheesecake, pavlova, cakes for vegans/gluten-issue people. Something for everyone, a strawberry sponge for me and forest chocolate cake for him.
While I'm meh about a meal here I'd stop anytime to pick up a slice of cake, or a few to share if I was bringing dessert to a picnic.
Conclusion: Come for the cake and not a meal.
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