Some Velvet Morning Clifton Hill

Some Velvet Morning Clifton Hill
Some Velvet Morning Clifton Hill
Some Velvet Morning Clifton Hill

So today I wanted to try out some thing different from my local haunt Cafe Quince when Some Velvet Morning popped up on my Zomato radar.

Some Velvet Morning is an interesting “little piece of Brunswick” in Clifton Hill…  Clifton Hill is a fairly white collar suburb and (for sake of ease I’m just going to call this place SVM) SVM more of an artistic style venu. Live music in the evenings, alcohol service available, not all the cushions comfortable… Kinda get my drift?

That said the breakfast burrito on the menu totally caught my eye so I went in with an open mind, wallet and mouth.

So first up was the coffee…

Coffee @ Some Velvet Morning Clifton Hill
Coffee @ Some Velvet Morning Clifton Hill

The coffee was good however in Melbourne, you can’t really afford to have shit coffee…

I placed the order for my burrito…

With a bit of time up my sleeve I decided to take a few pics… When I’ve visiting a place I like to ask permission before I start snapping. It’s polite and I find anonymous snappers obnoxious.

I was interested that when I asked I got the response “well only if you give a good review”… Umm ok, that’s really up to you isn’t it? I don’t think I am the only part of the equation.

Anyways I managed to while away a bit of time taking some pics, drinking my coffee, sorting my mail, resorting my mail….  Waiting. Hmmm I wonder where my meal is.

So rapid service (even when they seem to be keen on good reviews) isn’t on the forefront of their “key cultures”.

One of the reasons is probably that the kitchen is taking up a small corner of the bar area. It’s not big at all.

That said I didn’t see any other food being prepared… 40 min later the waitress asked if I wanted another coffee when I explained no I really just wanted my meal… 5 min later I could smell mexican flavours, 10 min later the food arrived.

The Breakfast Burrito Some Velvet Morning
The Breakfast Burrito Some Velvet Morning

Waiting aside the burrito was actually really good. The salad was fresh, the pulled pork had a nice combo of sauce and beans… The only shot of disappointment I had was that the dollop of white on top was an egg rather than sour cream… Sour cream would have totally made this dish!

So yea… Given the limitations of the kitchen the meal was great.

Sadly the service is seriously slow (even when then know you are doing a review). Given there are multiple places to have breakfast within 100m of SMV you might want to consider this.

Dr George

Some Velvet Morning Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Cafe Quince Clifton Hill

Quince Cafe Clifton Hill
Cafe Quince Clifton HIll
Cafe Quince Clifton Hill

Quince is my local cafe, literally around the corner from where I live…

I love the fact that from my front door I have a cafe, a pub (The Royal Hotel) and a great coffee stand all within a 100m radius… To be able to get up, throw on some clothes and grab breakfast is one of life’s true pleasures.

Quince recently changed hands with the new owners I was kind of expecting some new life however things don’t seem to have changed too much… Initially the coffee went to the dogs however it looks like they have gotten back into the swing… This is Melbourne. Coffee is important!

Quince Menu Clifton Hill
Quince Menu Clifton Hill

For me what I like about Quince is that the food is reliable. The menu hasn’t changed and I have set items I love. Take for example the breakfast stack:

The Breakfast Stack | Cafe Quince
The Breakfast Stack | Cafe Quince

This is a big ass breakfast, basically it’s salmon eggs benedict with added avocado and cottage cheese. For those on high protein diets this is a great choice.

I’ve found the quality of the food to be consistent and I am very thankful with the change of owner the kitchen staff appear to have remained.

Today to change things up a little I decided to give the specials board a bit of a test drive with the potato patty eggs benedict.

Potato, feta and basil is always a good combination so I was keen to give this baby a whirl.

On arrival the meal looked great. The bacon and patty was crisp the egg done nicely and a decent dollop of hollandaise. On testing however it became quickly apparent that the spinach was placed on wet so the centre of the patty was essentially soggy.

The taste was good but the soggyness really was a let down. The general flavours of the patty were present however I’d have turned up the feta to an 7… today it was only sitting at a 3.

Overall Quince is a nice local cafe. Important things to note is that the service is slow. It’s been that way for a long time and I don’t see it changing anytime soon.

If you want to be sure you get your coffee *before* your food either order the coffee the minute you sit down or tell the staff that is what you want. I know it sounds picky but I hate the food arriving before the coffee. If the barista isn’t able to keep up with the orders get out from behind the machine.

Things to highlight:

  • Super kid friendly. Clifton Hill is a family suburb. Expect kids and families to be eating.
  • The cakes are great. Be sure to check out what is on display next to the cash register.
  • If you want a decadent treat be sure to grab the home made crumpets with the lemon curd. *A-May-Zing*

So yes this is my local cafe…It’s good for me. Will it encourage people to cross Hoddle St to try it out. Perhaps but let’s face it there are some great places on Queens Parade.

To the Quince team, if you happen to read this please don’t think I’m running you down. I love the place and the food. I just wish the service was consistent and efficient.

Dr George

Café Quince Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Rubber Duck Cafe Clifton Hill

Rubber Duck Cafe Clifton Hill
Rubber Duck Cafe Queens Parade Fitzroy / Clifton Hill
Rubber Duck Cafe Queens Parade Fitzroy / Clifton Hill

Rubber Duck Cafe in Clifton Hill is one of my local haunts. It’s great for a coffee, cake as well as nice hearty brunch. With Christmas leading to most places having very limited hours and menus I was pleased to see this place was open and packed to the rafters.

The menu here is quite eclectic with a bit of everything. Normally I would have their “green eggs and ham” with poached eggs, pesto and ham off the bone…

Today I noticed a different item and had to try it. Cheddar muffins with bacon, poached eggs and BBQ sauce.

Cheddar Muffins | Rubber Duck Cafe Clifton Hill
Cheddar Muffins | Rubber Duck Cafe Clifton Hill

This was certainly an interesting mix of flavours… The cheddar, bacon, onions and eggs were a great combo… For me it’s a very British feed. I can imagine my French partner’s poor eyes rolling in his head however.

The hollandaise I am not quite so sure about… Just didn’t seem to fit.  Overall it was a good meal however next time I am going to ditch the hollandaise.

Overall this is a solid cafe… If you are a week day visitor it’s worth noting that it’s quite popular with mothers and their sometimes rowdy children. They do have a room off to the side that is a little more secluded however if you are sound sensitive you may find a table outside to be more to your liking.

This place rates a solid OK in my books but given the quality of many places close to here they could afford to up their game a little.

Dr George

Rubber Duck Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

The Bell Jar Clifton Hill

Dukka poached eggs on corn bread with avocado smash. The Bell Jar Clifton Hill
Dukka poached eggs on corn bread with avocado smash. The Bell Jar Clifton Hill
Dukka poached eggs on corn bread with avocado smash. The Bell Jar Clifton Hill

The Bell Jar is one of those cafe’s that known to those in the know… Other than that it’s not very well known… Sounds cryptic? Sure! The front is non descriptive, it’s at the opposite end of Smith Street to all the brunch action and it’s kinda tucked away…

That said when you do know of a place like this its a good thing.

I checked it out on a Thursday morning around 10am. It wasn’t busy other than a few local people coming in for coffee and one other diner.

The Bell Jar has a 70’s corner cafe “laminex” kind of feel which I liked however the seats did feel very similar to school chairs in comfort level.

Coffee was fast and good quality.

As pictured I had the Dukka eggs on corn bread… The corn bread was amazing. So sweet and moist. Add the eggs and it was perfect. Add tangy fetta and avocado “smashed” together and I was a very happy camper.

Serving size was generous and I did not leave in any way hungry. Given it’s a 10 min walk from my home this place is going to be on my regular rotation.

Reading the reviews over at zomato I get the feeling it can be quite busy on weekends to mums the work people! Dr G wants to keep this breakfast haunt before the hipsters take over.

You can check out the menu and more here: http://www.thebelljar.com.au/

Dr George

The Bell Jar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Mixed Business Clifton Hill

Poached eggs with pork belly Mixed Business Clifton Hill
Poached eggs with pork belly Mixed Business Clifton Hill

My quest for the perfect breakfast continues by checking out Mixed Business on Royal Parade Clifton Hill.

Right opposite the head of Hoddle Street this cafe is often missed due to it’s distance from the main shopping street of Clifton Hill. If you are looking for a good coffee and brunch this is definitely worth the extra walk.

I tried Mixed Business on a Sunday morning around 11. It was quite busy and I was given the option of a stool by the window or joining a communal table. I went for the table but to be honest wished I hadn’t as the bloke beside me seemed to have restless leg syndrome and the bench seating (think old church pew) transmitted every bloody leg tap through my body.

No amount of stern “seriously?” looks made this stop… Thankfully he was gone by the time my food arrived.

As you can see above I went for the pork belly with poached eggs. The eggs were great and I loved the mustard creme fraiche that accompanied. To give the full German effect the picked cabbage was nice and crunchy. I really enjoyed it.

The coffee here was great and I will definitely be coming back. I will be adding this to the regular rotation.

You can check out the menu and more here: http://www.mixedbusinesscafe.com/

Dr George

Mixed Business Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato