Fabrica is a bright, open cafe just a stone’s throw from the fab Rose Street Market in Fitzroy, and offers the perfect space to enjoy a weekend brunch after a market visit – or a lazy weekday lunch, as it’s tucked away perfectly from the busy Brunswick Street. We were invited to visit and try some of their brunch dishes.
The high ceilings and light wood give this cafe a spacious feel. It’s soft, modern interior, with lots of natural light, coupled with the fact that tables are well spaced gives it a completely different feel from many of Fitzroy’s quirky, grungy eateries. It’s relaxed, refined and mature, with a great shaded courtyard and a variety of seating options to suit everyone. In addition, the friendly, attentive service – where staff will go the extra mile to ensure customers have a great experience – just adds to a wonderful experience.
I started my meal with a latte – made with their JA4945 house blend, I enjoyed how the coffee had a slightly bitter taste without being too strong or overpowering in its flavour. A very pleasant drink. To eat, we ordered the granola and the Eton Mess Pancakes. The granola is infused with super foods, and served with seasonal fresh fruit, coconut banana smoothie, mango puree and Mornington Pennisula Honey. I almost licked my bowl clean I enjoyed this dish that much. The banana and coconut are perfect light spring flavours, and the fruit was well varied in colour, flavour and texture making for a really interesting and enjoyable dish. The mango puree and honey provided a light sweetness to the dish and balanced well with the crunchy (made in house) granola. I loved eating it and I felt so healthy and amazing afterwards.
M.B. (after a little coercion) went for the Eton Mess Pancakes which were served with berry compote, chantilly cream, meringue, vanilla ice cream, pistachio crumb, maple syrup, seasonal berries & persian fairy floss. It sounds overwhelming, but the toppings were well balanced offering a sweet treat with a lot of variety. We loved how the syrup was served in a jar, so you could pour over just the perfect amount, the generous scoop of ice-cream and the freshness of the berries. The pancakes were light, soft and fluffy. Another highly enjoyable dish, which he’d love to compare to the Death by Chocolate Waffles next time we visit.
Overall, the food is fresh and delicious, great venue and excellent service. A fine addition to the Fitzroy cafe scene – offering in house made delights in a welcoming environment. We’d highly recommend a visit to this cafe!