spring has sprung! if you’ve been in melbourne over the past week, i hope you’ve been loving this gorgeous warm weather! in amongst recovering from jet lag from our month-long adventure through europe (which was amazing), we made the most of the long weekend and did plenty of walking and brunching.
to celebrate spring, cafe three one2one in richmond released a new menu last week and i was lucky enough to be invited in to sample it. after daily croissants in paris and the imminent road closures due to the afl grand final parade, we decided the best option would to walk the 5 or so km from home to iconic bridge road meaning we arrived closer to lunch than breakfast, and arrived starving… a good problem to have!
three one2one has a laid-back interior formed by window bench seats, couches and casual tables. unmissable is the rhino decor (including the vibrant mike make graffiti on the outside wall) that is everywhere. maybe not to everyone’s liking… but i love it! i’m south-african born + rhinos happen to be my favourite animal; and i love that each month the cafe donates a portion of tips and any customer donations to a ‘save the black rhino’ charity. having personally witnessed rhinos in the wild, i vigorously agree that they need protection from extinction. kudos to you three one2one!
anyway, on to the spring menu! the coffee served is one unfamiliar to me – cortado coffee – but looks to be a local melbourne company with a website ‘coming soon’. it was a vibrant and smooth blend, very enjoyable. hope to learn and hear more about these guys in the future.
drinks-wise there is also a wide selection of freshly bottled julians cold-pressed juices, spiked cocktails and the ever-popular spiked shakes. i wasn’t prepared for those kind of calories this morning though, so will have to come back another morning for a shake.
panko crumbed eggs with minted yoghurt, beetroot relish, dukkah + grilled haloumi with sourdough toast
i was sucked in by the sound of panko crumbed eggs (especially after my experience at sir charles) and i’m on board with anything involving haloumi, but this dish was an a- for me. the eggs were soft and gooey + the haloumi was awesome, but a few small things that i think would improve it – more crumb on the eggs and serve a fresh diced beetroot instead of the relish given there is already yoghurt on the plate. i also got slightly dry multi-grain bread instead of sourdough on my plate. being a new menu and an unexpectedly busy friday, hopefully practice will make perfect on this one.
house made banana bread with poached pear, vanilla ice cream + chocolate sauce
delish, delish, delish. the highlight was definitely the whole poached pear. not only visually appealing, but also adding incredible flavours of cinnamon + aniseed to the creaminess of the ice cream and the softness of the banana bread. and the restrained way in which the silky chocolate sauce had been drizzled over the plate did not overpower the other elements.
the spring menu also has a number of enticing options such as the french toast brioche with chai berry coulis; a benedict rosti; polenta and pumpkin loaf; and a soft shell crab burger which must be amazing because the guy at the table next to us ordered two! our service throughout the morning was excellent – the staff seemed to genuinely be enjoying their jobs, talking earnestly with customers and providing really friendly service. overall, an enjoyable brunch in a good atmosphere, and i’m sure in no time the new menu will be bedded down and humming along for the spring season. a pretty good way to spend a spring public holiday!
verdict: kudos to you three one2one!
(note: inlovewithbrunch was invited by three one2one to dine here, however all remarks and reviews are honest and genuine)