Grey & Bliss / Port Melbourne
Grey & Bliss, located in the heart of Port Melbourne’s roaring Bay Street just off the beach.
Having only been open around 8 months, it doesn’t seem like there is anything grey about this blissful hotspot.
Everyone calm and happy, the blissful atmosphere captured perfectly. As I grabbed the best seat in the café I was swiftly attended to by the friendly and helpful staff.
My jaw quivered reading through the mouth watering menu, with dishes titled; salt and schezuan calamari, port arlington mussel bliss, black angus, grilled swordfish etc. Deciding what to have lunch was definitley the hardest decision of the day.
The easiest decision was to start with a coffee, two in fact. I started with a double ristretto macchiato, it hit the spot – only gently, obviously, as I decided to order another! Grey & Bliss use 5Senses Coffee, whom have a beautiful variety of blends, single origins and filters etc.
Filter coffee was delicious, a nice change from the classic espresso.
The best kind of flowers are the edible ones. For lunch I enjoyed the delicious spiced ricotta zucchini flowers with grilled halloumi, poached pear and beetroot chutney.
The creamy ricotta with the zucchini flower was beautiful, moist and decadent.
Combined with the poached pears and beetroot chutney, it really married the flavours across the dish and gave it a little something extra. I would definitely recommend this if you are looking for something light but a little indulgent.
On to my second lunch dish. As a food blogger I probably eat about 4 times more food than I should; and if it includes pork belly—make it 5. Braised pork belly with coleslaw, apple compote and crackling on sourdough with a side of green salad.
This dish was absolutely divine, pork belly cooked beautifully, compote balanced the dish out nicely. The crunchy slaw had just the right amount of dressing. A hearty and flavoursome dish.
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The food, the atmosphere, and experience ticked all the boxes for me, and i’ll definitely be back for some more bliss! Rumour has it they are launching a new menu soon with exciting new dishes too. Stay tuned!
Grey & Bliss
197 Bay Street
Cafe Sweethearts / South Melbourne
Cafe Sweethearts no assholes allowed. This café has a fun loving vibe.
Grab an outdoor seat if it’s a sunny day, the air is fresh in South Melbourne.
Inside aint too bad either. The large window gives us enough sunshine and vitamin D for our Sunday recovery meal.
An eggstravagant menu, with a great selection of egg dishes amongst other choices.
I like the coffee, just the thing I needed to wake me up on a lazy Sunday.
Blueberry Pancakes, soft and luscious.
Salmon stack, my dish of choice. It was delicious, however I was unable to finish it because I was so full/hungover.
Mexican eggs with rosti. Superb.
Chicken and bacon foccacia. Tasty tasty.
A sweet place that will warm your heart with brunch, if you’re a sweetheart you will fit in just fine.
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03 9690 6752
South Melbourne 3205
263 Coventry St
Addington Coffee Co-Op / Christchurch
Addington Coffee Co-Op is my second home in Christchurch. I got introduced to this lovely place during design college 2008. Ever since it’s been my ‘Christchurch’ regular.
Hanging bicycles, flags of the world, vintage tea spoons and milk bottles are just a few of the quirky embellishments lurking around in this social conscious cafe.
I use to go to the laundr-o-mat to do my laundry, with a cappuccino and my diary. It reminded me of how simple life really was. Now they have opened up a shop as well! The Addington Store sells great products, a lot of which is fair trade and organic.
Field mushrooms on linseed toast with spinach and hollandaise sauce. Divine fresh ingredients and flavour but the hero was the hollandaise. Mouth blowing.
Big breakfast with grilled tomatoes, bacon, hash brown, sausages, and two perfectly poached eggs. Delicious, perfect way to start your day.
I love Addington Coffee Co-Op. It seems to be a bit more polished and brushed up a bit since I left. (6 months ago.) I kind of liked the grungier character it use to have but it’s still an amazing place and that’s what matters.
Addington Coffee Co-Op
Pepperberry / Christchurch
Pepperberry is a gorgeous little cafe and florist, quite an interesting mix but it seems to work very well.
It has a nature friendly ambiance exaggerated with cute decor and white-picket-fence vintage vibe.
I loved being surrounded with fresh flowers in this simple little cafe.
WARNING! You might get tempted to buy some flowers. (If you had someone to buy flowers for.) #foreveralone
Delicious coffee, and beautiful flowers!
Andrews smoked salmon bagel. I think he liked it.
Soup of the day - Chicken and Vegetable. I wanted something light as I was just about to have lunch with a friend, and this was perfect.
Pepperberry Cafe and Florist
(03) 377 0443
919 Colombo Street (Corner Bealy Ave)
La Camera / South Yarra
La Camera is an Italian restaurant that has nothing much to do with cameras, in fact, translated to english it means “The Room.”
My friend J from Christchurch and I, are graphic designers and we were searching for a quick and cheap lunch. Despite the ugly cheap looking table talker design, the price caught or eye. (And at least it wasn’t Comic Sans.)
The restaurant had a casual Italian bistro kind of vibe, authentic Italian dishes on the menu, casual chalkboard signs, foreign staff and fresh red paint.
Outdoor seating is available, fairly quiet, standard decor throughout the restaurant.
I never really had much risotto growing up because I’m asian, but today I gave the Prawn and Calamari Risotto a try, with no regrets. I enjoyed the acidity of the tomatoes and napoli sauce balanced with the seafood broth. The portion was just right for lunch, but I wanted more.
J got the Risotto Pollo, a simple dish with chicken, mushrooms, semi-dried tomatoes and baby spinach. A subtle creamy texture with vibrant flavors coming through. It was good, I developed a little bit of food envy.
La Camera Restaurant & Bar
03 9827 8531
446 Chapel St