Friday, June 29, 2007

Animal Orchestra, Carlton

I've said it before, but I'll say it again: baked-eggs-in-a-pan is the breakfast fad of 2007. And like all true fads, I'm tipping this one won't last. Which isn't good news for Animal Orchestra, 163 Grattan Street, Carlton, Tel +61 3 9349 4944. Baked-eggs-in-a-pan is all they serve (unless you count muesli and toast). But as baked eggs go, the flavours were good.

animal orchestra

My main objections to baked eggs are two. First, you sometimes get a slight tinny taste where the food has started to react with the iron of the pan. There were slight hints of this in my serve of eggs, beans and cheese today. Second, the dish is just slightly more annoying to eat than plain old eggs-on-toast. I can never decide whether to hold the toast and dunk it in the eggs, or to rip up bits of toast and sprinkle them through the dish like croutons. Call me picky.

I'm sure there will be baked-egg mavens who will disagree with my fad prediction. And I am quite happy to be proven wrong. But once you've experienced the tinny taste a couple of times, I can't see people going back for more. Maybe the secret is to use enamel pans?

If you like baked eggs, Animal Orchestra certainly has plenty to offer: bacon, tomato mushroom and cheese; potato, leek and shanklish; caramelised witlof and goat's cheese; smoked salmon, dill, capers and onions; and sardines and fetta.

The venue is quirky. Outside they have lots of little stools for Melbourne Uni types to perch on. Inside it looks like someone wallpapered the place with random magazine clippings, including a sprinkling of soft porn (or maybe it was art?).

13/20 "fully baked"


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Blogger Michael said...

Maybe so, but they've been doing it successfully since at least 2005, so they're ahead of the curve at least.

30/6/07 14:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And damn are baked eggs in a pan fine. Long live the fad.

30/6/07 15:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That looks more like a frittata!

30/6/07 16:08  
Blogger eliza said...

They actually do a variety of other foods (great foccacias, soup, coffee etc) that are more focused on their lunchtime uni clientele - who, let's face it, are probably the main crowd.

30/6/07 16:27  
Blogger Anthony said...

Sounds and looks delish!
Gotta get down there... great blog as always!

1/7/07 13:47  
Blogger claire said...

Aw, Animal Orchestra! I love that place from my uni days - brothers Marcello and John (who used to help run The European) were always super-lovely to me and made me coffee just the way I like it.

As cleo says, in addition to their eggs they also do great lunch stuff - their focaccia with Vietnamese pork is the BEST!

3/7/07 12:02  
Blogger Johanna GGG said...

I think if baked eggs goes by the wayside the toast there is good enough to have by itself. I am not an egg eater, but I did find the beans in a pan awkward and had to tip them on the plate to eat them

6/7/07 09:33  
Blogger Sarah said...

Hey Jamie!

I really like Animal Orchestra, lol. For five and a half short (ahem) years, I was that Nelbourne Uni type who had baked eggs, a foccacia or soup there once a week. It's halfway between the commerce computer lab and the library, don't you know.

xox Sarah

11/7/07 20:23  
Blogger Sarah said...

Whoops, I meant "Melbourne" uni, not "Nelbourne" uni, of course.

I guess that shows you the quality of my education.

11/7/07 20:24  
Blogger MsPolitix said...

I love this place for the vibe, morning wait staff and soups at lunch. Unfortunately, I completely agree with the tinny taste in the baked eggs, which has really turned me off persisting with their breakfast- a real disappointment as it's my favourite time of the day in the area... (yes, I'm a Melbourne Uni type, but I love mornings when I manage to see them!). Regardless, don't pass up a Moroccan mint tea... such a great afternoon pick-me-up!

18/6/08 21:16  
Blogger Unknown said...

Baked eggs have been on the menus of cafe/restaurants for many years...a fad of 2007 or even 2005...I think not!

26/11/08 22:42  
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