Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Grocery Bar, St Kilda

I am now convinced that good breakfast experiences are all about dishes, not venues. Ask not "where's a good place for breakfast?", but "who does the best benedict?" or "where are the best pancakes in town?" The answer will be very different. Take, for example, Grocery Bar, 135 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda, Tel +61 3 9537 1137. It's a very good spot for breakfast. But as I discovered on a previous visit to their East Melbourne store, their benedict is crap.

Today's experience at the St Kilda venue was much better. I had some excellent poached eggs on organic multigrain toast smeared with mushed avocado, and a very good side of bacon. No complaints at all. The Italcaffe coffee was good too.

Another popular option which seemed to pop up on every plate I saw was the home-mde baked beans, so I'm assuming they must be pretty good. And I liked the sound of the poached pear with marscapone on cinnamon fruit toast.

15/20 "mmm... mushed up avocado"



Blogger OurKid said...

Have to agree with you here. This place was pretty damn good. I had the baked beans and they were very tasty, they had seeded mustard through them which was a great touch. Coffee was yummy too.

The East Melbourne counterpart is complete rubbish (what's the point of a chain if it is inconsistent?). Have had a couple of bad coffee experiences here, and the muffins were doughy and gross. Stick to the Fitzroy street one.

14/5/06 17:53  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live at Tribeca and love my weekend visits to Grocery Bar. Great service, breakies and coffee

22/5/06 21:04  

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