The lovely Lisaeatsworld and I caught up for a brunch-bloggers-brunch-date last week at the much talked about Addict Food and Coffee, on Johnston Street, in Fitzroy. And because the food was as amazing as everyone has been telling me … And as pretty in real life as all the pictures, today I’m starting with the food and working my way backwards for this post (nothing like mixing it up right?).
Potato hash and mushroom duxelle with roasted field mushrooms, a poached egg and caramelised onion
Elegantly plated in the middle of a large matt black bowl (which I want to add to my crockery collection at home!), this savoury tower of (dare I say) perfection had me drooling before I’d even had a bite... and the flavours did not disappoint. The poached egg was cooked exactly right with the yolk oozing out all over the field mushroom on top of the stack once cut. The mushroom itself was silky and earthy, pairing perfectly with the sweet stickiness of the caramelised onion. Next came the texture - a crunchy outside and creamy inside, this is easily one of the best potato hashes I’ve ever had.
And then lastly, surprisingly, my favourite element of the dish - the mushroom duxelle. As soon as I tasted it, I knew I recognised the rich flavour and consistency from somewhere but couldn't quite place it at the time. I've since realised that duxelle (a chopped mixture of mushrooms or mushroom stems, onions, shallots and herbs sautéed in butter... thanks Wikipedia) is often used as the stuffing in Beef Wellington. I had a feeling I knew the flavour from somewhere! It was absolutely delicious and when combined, all of the flavours and ingredients married so well together.
Wholemeal buttermilk pancakes with poached rhubarb, blueberries, rhubarb syrup, whipped mascarpone and compressed rhubarb
I don't know about you, but I definitely eat with my eyes first! And this dish had me smiling before I even took the first bite. It is beautifully constructed and pretty as a picture. The blueberries were baked into the mixture of the two pancakes which were seriously fluffy and scrumptious. The rhubarb three ways helped to intensify the flavour of my favourite winter fruit, plus added some extra crunch on top with the compressed version. And how gorgeous are those wafer-thin ribbons of rhubarb?! There were some additional strawberries on the plate which were fresh and sweet, but not entirely necessary. And then the magical word that sucks me in to every sweet dish... Mascarpone. Yep, I was pretty much in pancake heaven!
The menu caters to both breakfast and lunch with other enticing options such as 'corn fritters with Kasundi, haloumi, poached eggs, tomato salsa and coriander' and a 'southern pulled pork burger with slaw and chipotle mayo served with parmesan french fries'... Both of which I’ll be lining up soon to try!
So, that was the food... Told you it was amazing!
Addict is serving Market Lane Coffee which meant my flat white was strong and robust and exactly what I needed to shake the winter chill. You can also order single-origin coffee, a delightful-sounding selection of teas, market juices or your very own Mork hot chocolate if that is more to your liking.
The interior is spacious and light-filled with a great window bench along Johnston Street (aka perfect perch for people-watching), and fresh flowers and pot plants hanging from the ceiling. There is also a small outdoor dining area tucked around the quiet side of the corner block. The minimalist fit-out of timber and monochrome is classic and synonymous with Melbourne’s most trendy cafes.
Although we were visiting on a weekday morning the cafe had a steady stream of dine-in and take-away customers but the staff remained attentive and friendly throughout, and genuinely appeared to be enjoying what they do, which would be easy to do when you're serving up food that good! There is no doubt in my mind that I will back soon!
Inlovewithbrunch verdict: sign me up for addict-(not-so)-anonymous!
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