Setting: dying of starvation after a boxing class of four
Bill: under $100 including drinks
1-3 Bardolph Street, Glen Iris, Victoria
Our selection for the day:
2 x House Made Crumpets – Sweet Corn, tomato salsa, thick cut bacon, poached eggs, parmesan and tabasco mousse
Slow Cooked Port Sandwich – Cooked with juniper berry, apple cider, cheddar cheese, crispy pork skin, apply and celeriac remoulade
Hot Smoked Salmon – Grilled asparagus, tomato gazpacho and avocado puree, served with poached eggs and toasted rye
Out of proximity after a boxing class we found ourselves hunting down the sleepy residential streets of suburban Glen Iris and came across Golden Child tucked away behind Burwood Railway Station. It was definitely a perfect spot for commuters as it overlooks the train station – pop in before you catch your train to work as it did boast an excellent coffee.
Golden Child has a lovely minimalist, clean feel with touches of nostalgia. The stripped back and white washed brick walls and huge windows looking out to the street paired with the mismatched chairs and tables were cosy and inviting.
Serving all day breakfast and lunch from 11pm, Golden Child offers an interesting menu ranging from toast from Hogan’s artisan baker ($7) and the Golden Child Granola with cinnamon yoghurt ($12) to some more quirky breakfast-brunch options.
I was excited ordering my dish – Tabasco mousse, thick cut bacon…on crumpets?! Arriving at the table, the dish itself was vibrant and well plated and definitely caused a bit of food envy among the table. There was just so much going for it, yet unfortunately, I was left decidedly underwhelmed. The egg was seconds over-poached, the tabasco flavour was not apparent and the crumpet was a tad on the overcooked side. Similarly, the Hot smoked salmon looked amazing arriving at the table but touches such as the limp asparagus and slightly dry salmon let the experience down.
The lovely day, the pew-like chairs outside in the sun on the sidewalk and lovely atmosphere on the quiet suburban strip – there was so much to love about this local café. Hopefully, the chef had an off-day or we came at a poor time but based on the food experience alone, I cannot say this was one of the better brunches Melbourne has to offer.
(Side note: waiter had a lovely cheeky grin and excellent table service).
Food photography by Mai Nguyen Samsung Galaxy S5.
Banner image sourced from Facebook.