Saturday, May 26, 2007

Pepper, Flemington

These days, 44 Pin Oak Crescent, Flemington is a cafe called Pepper, Tel +61 3 9372 2726. Back in the good old days it was known as Girdwood's Hygienic Library. Not a filthy, disease-ridden library where any old scum could poison the books with their nasty germs. But a nice, clean, private lending library where the books were fumigated with formalin between each read. I'm guessing Pepper smells much better than it did in the good old days. But you never know what you might catch off the communal newspapers.


With quite a few glowing reviews under its belt, I was hoping for a top tier breakfast. The sweetcorn hotcakes, however, were no match for Mart 130 or Replete Providore. They were good enough, but nothing to rave about. I quite liked the combination of crispy bacon, rocket, tomato and aioli. I was also impressed with the poached egg I ordered as a side. A nice, fresh, free range egg, poached pretty well.

Other food options worth noting include the Breakfast of Champions (eggs, bacon, sausage, mushrooms, tomato and homemade beans on toast) and the Pepper's Breakfast (smoked salmon, homemade potato latkes, tomato, spinach and tomato relish).

Service was a bit slow, but friendly, and the Monte coffee was good (for an extra 20 cents you can upgrade to an organic East Timorese brew). Weather permitting, they have a few tables on the street outside, where you can fumigate your lungs with Marlboro Lights.

14/20 "latkes"


Eggs & Bacon $8.00 BB100 -20%

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Blogger turkiyaki said...

I've lived a block away from Pepper for 2 years and have never stepped in for breakfast once. Thanks for the timely reminder :)

btw, did you know you got Slashfooded (, but they're calling the blog an English food blog?

11/6/07 10:14  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

looks really good breakfast...

Rusty, Editor
Gary Carvolth Voice of the Common Man

15/6/07 12:26  
Blogger Unknown said...

We live close to Pepper too. I do like the breakfast there, but if you ever get a chance try The Kitchen on Racecourse Road (in the spot where Periapt Foods was). It has wonderful breakfasts and we try to get there each week. They currently have a special that is (for me) a perfect winter breakfast, Dahl with a poached egg, spinach and roti bread. And their coffee is awesome

15/6/07 19:21  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey jamie, really enjoy your blog, and nice work on reviewing Pepper, I lived on Pin Oak before they were there and lamented the lack of a good cafe. It was my then neighbour who opened pepper up and whenever i'm in the area I drop in for some food.

Have you checked out Julio in Mlller St. Nth Fitzroy? Nice little addition to Melbourne's burggeoning 'out of the way' cafe family.

keep on bloggin'

6/7/07 17:16  

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