Top Paddock // Richmond (Revisit)

Continuing on my brunch explorations was a recent visit back to Top Paddock. To visit my old post please click here. This time I came on a weekday and to my surprise it was still as busy as ever! There was quite a big group of us so we were able to book and good thing we did otherwise I’m sure we would have had to wait a while. Service was better than the last time I came as the waiter was friendlier and overall they were more organised in regards to the time between drink orders and food orders. tt-tp-2
Top Paddock – Chorizo, pickled onion, peppers, basil, bacon, Adelaide green tomatoes, poached eggs & relish on toast // $22.00
This is literally the largest brunch meal I’ve ever seen/had. I was so full I couldn’t even finish it and I promise that rarely ever happens to me. Top Paddock is defs value for money and it was delicious too. My friend ordered this last time and just from photo comparison they don’t have as much peppers on the dish but instead more pickled onion and I tell you they were extremely generous with the pickled onion! It was all over my plate so much that it even makes up for the forgotten bacon. 3 of us ordered this dish and only one of us got bacon in our dish so that was disappointing. The things I enjoyed most about the dish was the basil ‘infused’? green tomatoes and the flavour of the relish with the peppers and onions. It’s a huge meal and it comes with two pieces of toast (which I just couldn’t finish). The only downside was that the chorizo was quite oily. 
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 Blueberry & ricotta hotcakes with berries, maple syrup, seeds & cream // $21.00
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White Mojo Speciality Coffee & Roaster //Balwyn

TTWMOJO (1) Hi guys! Brunch season seems to have caught up with me  very recently and to kick it off I thought I’d share with you my latest experience at ‘White Mojo Speciality Coffee & Roaster’ in Balwyn. This is their second store – the original being in the city. You can catch their menu here. TTWMOJO (2)
Hot Matcha Latte // $6.00 &  Regular Latte // $4.00
To start we ordered drinks. I tried their matcha latte and was recommended by our waiter to get the hot version. He even offered to make it extra hot! I love matcha lattes but I’m usually quite hesitant to order it because I’m not sure if it’ll really be ‘matcha’ and if it’s just going to be sweet flavouring. I was pleasantly surprised at how rich the matcha flavour was and how there was a bitter edge to it. $6.00 is quite expensive but it was a special occasion and I’m relieved that it was a matcha latte to my liking. I know the picture doesn’t do it much justice but it was actually a very dark green colour,
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Percy’s Aeroplane Cafe // Kew

It was time for a brunch catch up with the bestie and we decided to check out this place! There’s a menu uploaded onto Zomato which includes both breakfast and lunch.PA- TT (1)
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Two Birds One Stone // South Yarra

Apologies for the super belated post! I went by ‘Two Birds One Stone’ a couple months ago for a catch up with one my lovely uni friends. She brought me here and recommended we try it.

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The menu hasn’t changed since then so you can still try out what I had :) The menu can be found on their website online. It’s definitely a visually appealing place – bright, clean and their lights are pretty beautiful don’t you agree?TBOS - TT (2)
There is a separate breakfast and lunch menu BUT the good news (or bad for the indecisive people) is that both options are BOTH served ALL DAY! On to the food first…
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Asparagus with house smoked salmon, potato hash brown, two poached eggs, salsa verde & fried bread // $18.50
This was my friend’s dish. It looked very vibrant but honestly and she agrees – a definite asparagus overkill. They were generous but the dish wouldn’t have been enjoyable for those who don’t mind asparagus. This would be the ultimate asparagus lover’s dish, UNLESS there was more smoked salmon and more of the hashbrown to help balance the flavours out.
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Scarvelli Cafe // Balwyn

First time visiting Scarvelli Cafe and it was a delight!Scarvelli TT (1)
 I liked the overall presentation of the cafe, the simple decoration of flowers on the table and how spacious it is! There is also an outside seating area which fits heaps more people (larger groups).Scarvelli TT (4)
Apart from their regular menu they also have salads, muffins and baguette type of foods at the counter area.
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The menu! I was tossing up between the Good life bowl, Dukkah Eggs, Wood Fired Salmon, Open Omelette and the Chilli Eggs & Ham – hahaha, too many choices meaning I’ll be back!
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Chilli Eggs & Ham // $16.50
Boyfriend said it was delicious :) He really liked the presentation – the eggs reminded him of ying/yang.Scarvelli TT (6)
 Wood fired Salmon // $17
This was my dish! It was so delicious. One of my favourite breakfast dishes I’ve had no joke. I thought everything complimented each other really well – I liked the citrus flavours (I think from the mustard salsa and avo) against the crispy polenta. #justyum. I wouldn’t say I was full afterwards though, but it was a comfortable stomach.
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The waiters were friendly and the atmosphere was nice. I came on a rainy day too. The only downside was that it did take awhile for the food to come out after our orders were placed. The food was worth it though! I’ll be back :)

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Balderdash Cafe // Port Melbourne

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It was time for another brunch adventure. This time we ventured out to Port Melbourne and thanks to my friend through good old urbanspoon she found Balderdash! The name really appealed to me because the game Balderdash is pretty fun so this place sounded quite intriguing. When we arrived we found the cafe right on the corner, it’s cosy,simple and nicely decorated with flowers. I could not remember the exact names of the dishes we ordered because the website menu is a little out of date but the overall concepts of the dishes are the same, they just alter the fillings or sauces slightly to the dish.Balderdash Tanger (3)
A flat tortilla with spicy refried beans, a house made salsa of avocado, tomato, red onion and topped with two free range fried eggs (Back by popular request) $16? (Friend’s dish)
My friend enjoyed her meal! She said she was pretty full after eating it and I imagine this dish has to be pretty good for it to be ‘back by request’. It looks fresh with the avocado salad and I personally love the zing onion brings to a dish.Balderdash Tanger (4)
Fritters made with corn, corn, zucchini & fire roasted peppers and served with avocado and goats cheese mash, chilli jam and a poached egg, $15.5 (My dish)
I on the other hand ordered the corn fritters. I was really looking forward to it because other reviewers have said it tasted good and I haven’t had much experience with corn fritters before. The menu said it was to come with chilli jam so I was a bit hesitant about the combination especially with avocado mash (it did sound a little strange) but I thought it was a perfect match. The rocket also tied the different foods together (I’m really happy there was rocket in this dish!). The chilli jam was not spicy, infact it really just tasted like tangy tomato relish. I wish there was more of it because it tasted so good. I was surprisingly quite full after eating this dish and I know I would happily come back and order this again. Balderdash Tanger (6)
Instead of salt and pepper shakers their salt and pepper comes in little round discs. The salt was really nice!Balderdash Tanger (1)
Overall I love the look of this cafe. It’s small, busy but cosy. The staff were quite friendly as they regularly checked up on us to see if we wanted any more drinks and they made sure we didn’t need to wait long to be served. The waiting time for the dish was about 15-20 minutes, but the corn fritters were very nice and I’d definitely recommend it.
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The Tea Salon // Melbourne Emporium

There has been much hype about ‘The Tea Salon‘ and it’s almost jam packed everytime I walk past (sometimes even queues from the outside)- so I was very surprised to learn that it is only rated 47%  on Urbanspoon (curently).  The overall decor (wallpaper, table setting etc) is very fancy, delicate and elegant. The colour scheme is quite femine and the overall concept of tea and scones (or high tea) really does invite the idea of a good quality time of catching up.

It is quite crowded (therefore also quite loud) and there are a lot of tables in a small amount of space. The cushioned seats are nice as there are pretty pillows lying about and there is also a take a way option which is near the very front of the store.

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Before you even order the teacups are already set out for you (it’s like they assume you’ll definitely order a pot of tea!) – but there are other drink choices on the menu. It’s also not JUST high tea style of food – they also have meals such as  sandwiches, salad, fritters and polenta. Their complete menu is on their website (if you want to check it out for yourself), and prices are generally about $15 on average.teasalon (4)
Scottish Breakfast Tea // 5.5
My friend and I were only here for some afternoon tea so we decided to order a pot of tea (Scottish Breakfast – which was nice – a stronger version of black tea) and two scones to share.  Each scone is $6.50 eat in and comes with either jam + cream, or herbed butter.teasalon (3)
White Chocolate & Cranberry
with jam and cream // 6.50
This was the sweet choice and it was quite flavoursome – definitely not bland and the flavours of chocolate went really well with the cranberry. The scones also come out warm which is nice – a bit hard to cut though.

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Rosemary Leek & Parmesan with whipped herbed butter //6.50
Out of the two, I definitely enjoyed this scone a lot more. It’s the savoury option and it wasn’t what I was expecting at all! Packed with flavour – I could eat a lot of these. I really liked the flavour of their whipped herbed butter as well.

We didn’t order any to-be-made items so the service was really quick. We didn’t need to wait long to be seated (approximately 5-10 minutes) and after we ordered the food arrived promptly.  The staff were friendly on this occasion (although looking at other reviews apparently the staff aren’t always great?).

I had a good time, but personally I wouldn’t make it a habit coming by. It’s quite expensive in terms of ‘value for money’ (not specifically the Tea Salon,  but in general any time of high tea style cafe is generally not cheap) however it’s nice for a special occasion. If you have a friend who is a tea lover and loves to catch up then this would definitely be a nice present to shout a friend.

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The Hardware Société // Melbourne

Recently my boyfriend and I celebrated our 2 year anniversary! We started the day by having brunch at ‘The Hardware Société ‘ in the Melbourne CBD.

 I was really looking forward to checking this place out. I have heard so much about it and have been meaning to go for a long long time!

“Coddled Eggs” $20
First impressions were good because the presentation is so lovely. It seems like everything they served came  out on a board! They gave us a a very generous amount of bread! To be honest I was disappointed with the coddled eggs – for something that is meant to be the start of the dish I think it was slightly overcooked. Luckily everything else was nice and tasty. I enjoyed the cured meats and overall everything went well together and I felt quite full and satisfied afterwards.

The highlight was the atmosphere and the service. We had a very nice waitress who was easy going and made nice but casual conversations with us. She definitely made me feel comfortable and welcomed. I want to come back  to try other foods bloggers have been raving about (e.g. their baked eggs) or check out their lunch menu. The Coddled Eggs dish was different to what I’d normally have for brunch so I’m happy I gave it a try however it’s not something I’d get again here.

I’d recommend this place as a great cafe for GROUPs because majority of their tables fit 4+ people. In fact, being a couple makes it’s harder to get a table!

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It was such a special day and I am so blessed to have him in my life. He is so patient and caring towards me and constantly making me laugh and smile. ^^There have definitely been tough times, but also many happy moments – all that I cherish because I’ve learnt and grown so much as a person! :) I really feel that God has been working so much in the both of us as individuals to be better people. Relationships are challenging, but I think that’s because we’re imperfect people. Imperfect people have expectations of others that won’t always be fulfilled but it’s how you deal with disappointments and what you do about it to support one another still. I say that’s why we need our lovingly Heavenly Father to be our focus so that because of His love, despite our imperfections, we can learn to love and respect others. It’s really because of God’s love that we even have a glimpse of what love is in the first place.