77-79 Nicholson Street Brunswick East, Victoria 305703 9388 8858
|Opening hours||Mon-Fri 7.30am-11.30pm; Sat-Sun 7.30am-5pm|
|Prices||Moderate (mains $20-$40)|
|Payments||eftpos, AMEX, Mastercard, Visa|
Brunswick East’s patron saint of excellent coffee has stormed south along Nicholson Street as boldly as Joan of Arc went north to smite the English, but with far better food. Flavours are mild and harmonious: perhaps four earthy pucks of black pudding with a golden crumbed egg, peppery fennel and sweet beetroot relish; a creamy potato-nettle croquette with smoked salmon and a poached egg; or rib-sticking orange and almond bread with ricotta and salted caramel. Lunch might be a sandwich filled with smoked pork terrine, house-made Branston pickle and parmesan. The queue thins at dinner, when prices bust GFU$30 limits.