Local Brunches & Bar - Enter Neighbour @ Thursday, March 28, 2019

Charlie & Co. dined as guests.
Thursday 21st March

Thursday Brunching at Enter Neighbour, by coincidence a neighbor of our church friends' restaurant! We'd been curious though never seen it open before (being a night owl) but recently they're now open for Friday & Saturday night as a bar!

Located on a strip at the turn of Toorak & Camberwell Rd, between Camberwell and Deakin. Enter Neighbour has been open for a bit over a year. As there isn't much around here during brunch time parking would be easier than in Camberwell itself, where we used to live.

It looks like a small place but what you don't see from the front is the middle room and the yard. A work in progress, but shall hopefully expand into a full courtyard, brunch by day, bar by night under the fairy lights. And with the location it'll be a local gem and secret. 

Bloody Mary & Pinkie 
Pink Grapefruit + Tequila + Egg White + Sugar Syrup 
shaken and finished w/ Saffron Persian Floss

There's boozy brunches for your day off, and a bar! Open from 4pm on Friday and 5.30pm on Saturday. With burgers, tapas and cheese platters. On this occasion we enjoyed a pinkie, which was quite a light non-fizzy (m)ocktail that doesn't taste anywhere as sweet as it looks, though being American we do have sugar running in our veins. :P 

The King Truffle (v)
Swiss Brown + Baby King Oyster Mushrooms + Spinach cooked in
White Truffle and Porcini Cream + Ewes Milk Cheese w/a Poached Egg on Toast

The menu featured favorites but also new unique dishes. There were a few dishes we had our eye on, but ultimately settled upon mushrooms despite having them just the other day.

With actual truffle it was amazing. Meaty mushrooms, the cheese, the poached egg. Perfection, love a snowfall of cheese. Doesn't need a pesto, with mushrooms I need either truffle or pesto to take it to the next level. Truffles are always amazing, even more so when it's not just oil. I'd definitely get this again. I like the food and plate are one, as in they go together so well. Though this is also why blue plates are popular, for the contrast. 

Benedict Cumberbatch 
Pulled Lamb + Pumpkin Puree + Pickled Cabbage + Poached
Eggs topped w/Saffron Hollandaise & Sesame Seeds

Meanwhile Andy had the Benedict Cumberbatch which was so vibrant and fun, so colorful and all real ingredients too. He said...  the lamb was cooked very well, fell apart very nicely, I would've preferred more seasoning but maybe it'd be considered normal for other people, or even a marinade. The pickled cabbage was a good addition, added a nice purple colour, not too sour or anything. But a good contrast to cut through all that lamb. The creamy pumpkin puree was a good sauce bring it all together. Making it more brunch than lunch was the perfectly poached egg on top and that lovely hollandaise sauce. 

It encompasses the perfect dish, being crunchy, soft and chewy. Presentation was excellent of course, just look at that yolk. 

Did we mention there's shade in the courtyard?

Who can resist dessert, when they have hotcakes on the menu?

Scotch Pancakes (v) 
Neighbour’s Secret Coffee Mascarpone w/Caramelized Banana +
Fresh Strawberries, topped w/Chocolate Sauce + Coffee Soil 

Hello tiramisu hotcakes! It's the perfect excuse to have a dessert before night, especially when shared. Big soft and fluffy these were just perfect, though we would have preferred the banana to be a lot more caramelized, rather than just slightly. If you love all things coffee and cream this is the one for you.

Serving Mork hot chocolate and boozy coffees by day, at night Enter Neighbour turns into a bar (Fri/Sat), located away from the main streets, there'll definitely be parking, it's also on the no.75 tram route.

It's a nice place for a weekday meeting, though as soon as people discover this place there could be a line, with so many amazing dishes the menu we can't wait to return!

Enter Neighbour Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Lovely Brunches @ Charisma Workshop @ Friday, March 08, 2019

Wednesday 21st March 2018

Charisma Workshop is located west quite further than we've ever ventured. Surrounded by scaffolding could this be how it ends? - We always joke that we'd meet an early demise being lured down a dark laneway with the promise of good food - It smells of oil out here...

Famous for their beautiful rose cake, through eat club we finally had a day off for a long leisurely lunch and 55% off.

A small cafe playing jazz with white welcoming atmosphere with just the right lighting. Not much natural light here.

Arriving at 12.30-ish there weren't many sandwiches in the display as we seated ourselves. Small but fairly busy, almost everyone here is Chinese except one other guy... well it is surrounded by those city towers they live in.

Is there table service? Nope. Come up and order when you're ready and pay at the start.

The girls beside me are here for chemistry coffee (wow!) and cake. A dessert cafe? But they do breakfast and lunch too. I felt a bit odd ordering lunch, it's like ordering duck at a high tea cafe, but we'll give it a go. Expectations unknown.

So many drink options, all the coffees, teas, 5 green teas and 4 chocolate/mocha drinks!! Why isn't this place open for dinner?

Aoarashi Iced Matcha Latte 6.5
Not too bitter or sweet, or light it was just right

The menu was white (which means Modern Australia) with burgers, fish and chips, steak, etc. 

Confit Dug Leg  - Mushroom, sweet potato and pumpkin mash, 
coffee red wine reduction, tomato marshmallow, parmesan)

Soft, tender and succulent, not dry at all, it was amazing... worked well with the oregano mushrooms, pumpkin mash. Though the salad choice was questionable with bitter leaves... but I know that's just me, and there's a lovely balsamic vinegar on the side.

La Vie En Rose $10.50
Rose Bavarian Cream, Lychee Curd, Ruby Peach Jelly, Almond Sponge 

Lychee rose peach, the peach was there but not too strong, it was so perfect... I love it!

Service was very friendly. We'll be back.

A Friday in May // Lunch at Charisma

Mango and Raspberry Smoothies $6.60
Mango, raspberry, apple juice, Charisma vanilla ice-cream

Taste just as lovely as it sounds.

Ratatouille Baked Egg w/Polenta Chips (V)  $16
Mix grilled vegetable and egg served with homemade Napoli sauce, haloumi, polenta chips

Hearty and homemade style, it was perfect. Not sure about the polenta fries which were very crispy and empty inside. I'd replace them with two slices of baguette instead. But that's just me, who thinks polenta is strange.

Unconditional love - Layers of strawberry mousse, citrus cremeux & raspberry sponge cake
May edition. Strawberry and citrus. Textures and all were good, but overall I prefer the lychee rose heart. But it was beautiful.

Wed 6th June

The day started with lunch at Charisma, the perfect 50/50 blend of c chocolate.

The duck was delicious as always, though mash pumpkin wasn't as warm as the duck or close. We skipped the peppery flowers.

Matcha cake pretty good, so perfectly smooth...
Creme Brulee cake was medium strength and very good! Nothing like the artificial supermarket brulee flavoured/inspired stuff. Highly recommended.

Luna had the jasmine cake, peer pressured into ordering it XD
If you don't like cream cakes, perhaps get a cookie or cake cake instead.

On other visits we had other cakes and treats, always a delight to dine here. 

Service was always very warm and welcoming. I regret not bringing more friend here, though brunchy hours is a challenge for us. So sad to hear Charisma went the way of groupon and nowadays is only doing cake deliveries. I'm certain it was the location that did it. As we love visiting this cafe, for lunch and for tea.

Charisma Workshop Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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