Saturday, July 01, 2006

Caffe e Torta, Melbourne

The Italians may do lunch and dinner well. They can be very stylish. And they are unsurpassed when it comes to taking a dive in the penalty box. But savoury breakfasts are really not a strength, as I discovered today at Caffe e Torta, 314 Little Collins Street, Melbourne, Tel +61 3 9650 1915.

Which is not to say it was bad. The base of crunchy toast with ham, cheese and avocado was nice enough. But one of the poached (free range) eggs was hard, and they were a bit deformed looking. Not neat and round like a high-scoring egg should be. They had also sprinkled a bit of oregano here and there, giving the dish a subtle taste of Italy. Perhaps a tad overpriced at $13.50.

I overheard someone singing the praises of the grilled Turkish bread with sweet ricotta, cinnamon and honey. The avocado on toasted rye, drizzled with olive oil and lemon juice also sounded like a good simple choice. And this is the first place I can recall that serves weet-bix (with honey, banana and milk).

As a venue it's got a cosy feel, with a dark timber interior, and a line of tables inside Royal Arcade from which you can observe the passing foot-traffic. Good Genovese coffee too.

Maybe I should have ordered a Campari and orange to wash down my eggs?

12/20 "dark and handsome"



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't let this breakfast put you off Italian cooking entirely - "Caffe e Torta" is owned by a tall, bald, skinny Ozzie bloke and his Greek wife. As far as I'm aware, there are no Italians there at all.

5/8/09 19:59  
Anonymous clickclak said...

i think you may be wrong when you say there are 'no italians at all'
on week days the older women in the kitchen are italian and they are so lovely they treat the other staff as if they were their own children
i'm not sure about weekends as i've never been on a weekend yet but i know they are certainly there on weekdays

21/3/10 12:49  
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