Last week, Little Peacock Cafe invited the Melbourne Foodie Hub in to try their new menu. Set just off Brunswick’s Sydney Road, Little Peacock’s fully glass fronted unit, leads into a bright, modern cafe. I loved the range of seating options, the semi-open kitchen and the light wood which lifts the whole cafe. The stack of high chairs in one corner, and random games dotted about, shows the cafe makes the effort to accommodate families with young children – while this may represent the changing demographic of Brunswick, a cafe actively catering to children is still a welcome gem in this often hipster area.
Bec and her team did an excellent job in catering for us. Pleasing 12 fussy foodies at one time is no mean feat, portions were incredibly generous and the food was plated beautifully. I liked the variety of plating options, and you could see there had be considerable thought taken to decide what would show the food off to it’s best.
I opted for the avo on toast (I’d deliberately not had breakfast in anticipation of this later in the day). I loved how it came with bacon on the side as standard (shouldn’t all breakfasts?) and I received two huge pieces of sourdough, generously loaded with sweet avocado, and two perfectly poached eggs. I also shared the lamb and couscous salad (above), which offers a tasty, but healthy option for lunch, full of fresh greens, tender lamb mixed through with couscous and a light dressing.
Being a little late for coffee (I didn’t want to be awake all night), I chose a berry smoothie instead. It was smoothie and had a good flavour, without being overly sweet. I also loved how you could choose from a variety of milks. Alongside the smoothies, there are also a healthy range of juices, and the option to build your own juice – with a wide choice of ingredients for this.
I could talk about the menu all night as there were so many great dishes but I’ll just pull out a few highlights. The best dish of the night for me, had to be the breakfast bowl (feature photo) – a bread bowl filled with scrambled eggs, bacon, chorizo, and shaved potato rosti. I’d never seen anything like this before and not only did it look awesome, it tasted great too.
Special mentions also have to go to the chicken parma, described as their “trademark” dish, and those delicious chips it came with;
those fully loaded burgers, and the largest pancakes you have ever seen in your life (yep, even bigger than the ones I had earlier in the week!).
Unfortunately, I didn’t sample the pancakes – having already eaten part of a breakfast bowl, avo on toast, lamb salad and some chips, but they certainly looked fab and those who did try them seemed pretty satisfied.
Thanks once again to Bec and her team for hosting a wonderful night, letting us see their lovely cafe, and sample their delicious food! Well worth a visit to this cafe if you are around Brunswick!