Thursday, 4 November 2010

Milkwood - Brunswick East - Breakfast Review @ 120 Nicholson Street

The sign for Milkwood is nondescript  
As we were all staying over at Ms Tinymouse's house for our girly weekend, we were asking the boys to come join us for brekkie...

Being near to Brunswick, the Boy suggested we try Milkwood. Milkwood is owned by ex-owners of Cafe Rosamond Diana Korndoffer and Alex Patterson

For some odd reason, their "open" sign has Chinese characters with it...
So we turned up to find the place bustling with people (and doggies), and that the wait time for a table was anywhere between 20-30 mins... that meant that it had to be good... right?

Logic prevails, if there are a group of people waiting for food, and if the wait time is long.. it has to be good. I prayed that this wasn't going to turn out like my visit to Richmond Hill and Larder Cafe.

After a short 25 minute wait (girls can talk and pass the time rather quickly as it happens, with the boys just looking on and making small talk) ^_^

The interior was beautiful in it's simplicity... I absolutely adored the hanging plants and jars of preserved fruits on the shelves. The Boy was intrigue with the maze like structure behind the front counter and barista area.

The menu was rather simple, you choose a basic breakfast set-up and add all sorts of interesting food items to "build" your breakfast dish. Meaning, everyone could have eggs on toast and still end up with completely different dishes depending on the sides they ordered (Brialliant!).

As usual, we ordered some pots of English Breakfast tea whilst the others had coffee and water.

Lightly toasted muesli with stewed apples and honey yoghurt $9
Poor Librarian* was on his special diet and had to once again settle for muesli...

Action shot featuring Des & Troy (they're famous!)
Librarian ate his muesli whilst looking on at all our hot (and deemed unhealthy) breakfast... the pain in his eyes... *ducks a flying shoe*

Ms Fashionista ordered a variation of the Cheese, house relish and basil melt with ham $10 and added House made potato gems $4

She mentioned that it was a bit too cheesy... and I replied, "You did order cheese!"... oh well...

Ms Tinymouse ordered the Poached eggs on toast $8.50 with Free range pork & fennel sausage braise $4.50 and Lemon thyme mushrooms with ricotta $4

The Boy ordered the Poached eggs on Toast and Freek Range Pork & Fennel sausage braise  as well (uncanny how those two have so much in common... it's the TT syndrome)... but with House made potato gems and House relish $2.50

I ordered the Poached eggs on toast with Free range grilled ham off the bone $4.50 and Tomato butter beans with fetta and mint $4

As far as breakfast joints go, this was a pretty good and decent meal. Very inventive in their ways to get you to pay more than you should for breakfast as you'll want to order a lot of the sides (and it ain't cheap).

Would I return? Possibly. Only if, Pope Joan (further down the road) is full and doesn't welcome my presence anymore.

With Pope Joan located literally just a stone throws away, I much rather go visit Matt Wilkinson and his breakfast joint :)

*there is a reason to this name... if you read Terry Pratchett books and are somewhat akin to his Discworld novels, you will know who the Librarian is. And if you know who the Librarian is, you will know why the Librarian is called the Librarian

**Disclaimer: All food ratings are purely based on my own experiences and how I feel about the service, food and quality

Food/ Cuisine: Australian
Dining Style: Cafe
Overall Food Rating (Based on the Dining style): 7/10
Restaurant ambiance: 8/10
Service/ Attitude: 7.5/10
Value for money: 6/10

120 Nicholson Street
Brunswick East VIC 3057

Tel:(03) 9380 4062

Milkwood is open from
Monday, Wednesday - Friday 7.30am-4.30pm and
Saturday - Sunday from 8am-4pm

How to get there:

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  1. OMG... sinful brekkie!!! But yummmmm... poor Mr Librarian.. hehe.

  2. I will choose pope joan over this too!

  3. that muesli looks like my kinda breakie though... love apples in any form!

  4. I feel so bad for Mr Librarian*! The hot cooked breakfasts look so delicious! :)

  5. Kim: Hehehehe

    Penny: Agreed!!

    Shellie: Really? But hot food!!

    Lorraine: Don't feel bad for him :)

  6. Hahaha, the Librarian! Your poor friend. :)


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