Monday, October 31, 2011

Eat Drink Man Woman - (Melbourne)

The name of this place had caught my attention quite earlier on,  not just because it is quite catchy but since it also translates into the name of a popular Food Magazine in Hong Kong !    We indeed had no plans to visit here, as being a coffee hound I’m naturally biased towards artisanal roasters or established coffee temples which means I will be placed in the hands of experts,  and the journey will be an educational one…     Occasionally however it is good to deviate from that rigid approach,  and the coffee here (roasted by Atomica Caffe just down the road) was not surprising also of a high quality -  but the main concern today will be the food !




This café restaurant is packed to the brim in the morning…!


Cappuccino (from well proven Atomica Caffe Roaster) -
Very good everyday coffee,  pretty aromatic too !  Nutty, Chocolate but no bitterness.
A proven formula.   ~   8/10



Honey & Soy Mushrooms,  with Ginger, Tofu, Sesame Seeds,
Cucumber Salad and Sourdough -  AUD $16
Personally I wouldn’t have ordered this,  but I got a portion of it during a share session and it turned out to be really healthy tasty.  The cucumber salad was the stand out as they seems to have been partially cooked,  which made them like eating a zucchini with a crunch!  Smart!  ~  8/10


Croque Madame Jaffle Toast -  AUD $13
I think Jaffles are such a 1980’s thing in Melbourne,  but it is fun to see this done this way topped with a fried egg.   I think I prefer the modern versions with a bit of gratinated cheese and plenty of bechamel sauce though.   This seemed overpriced.  ~  6.9/10




Buckwheat Pancakes,  Slow Roasted Rhubarb & Ricotta – $15
Fried Chicharrones pork rinds were also available,  but I decided to be healthier and ordered this dynamite combo of a few of my favourite ingredients.  This was definitely a highlight as the rhubarb with a bit of tangy ricotta, just worked so well with the ever so slightly savoury, very fluffy buckwheat pancakes.   Nothing extraordinary but just a smart dish altogether ~  9/10

The menu is a mixture between Asian, Moroccan and normal Western food inspirations -
It suits the Brunswick Street location and clientele,
the coffee was made well & beyond what any ‘latte’ customer drinkers could expect,
the food was executed very well and thoughtful.   Execution for me,  is very crucial!

Price: AUD $16 - 20 per person
Score:  ♕♕♕♕  to  ♕♕♕♕ 1/2

Opening Hours -
Mon to Sun:   Breakfast to Dinner

Address:  413 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Melbourne VIC 2065
Ph:  03 9419 0088


  1. 'Eat Drink Man Woman' is actually also the title of a beautiful and moving film by Ang Lee, would definitely visit the cafe just for the sake of its name ;)!!

  2. Thanks for the comments. I think the food recipes here were decent on paper, but turned out to be slightly better than expected. Always a plus :D



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