Espresso Room (Invited)

It’s very easy to find the place. It’s located across the tram stop. Espresso Room is situated on the corner of the main room. 1p free parking can be easily found  around the cafe. Espresso Room is spacious – it has both indoor and outdoor seats. This friendly cafe has a touch of retro-vintage. Staffs were friendly. Espresso Room opens at 6.30 a.m to 4 p.m on both weekdays and weekends. Beside breakfast and lunch menu,  Espresso Room also sells fresh bakery, home-made roasted coffee beans, and alcohol. 

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The seafood paella was great for sharing. It is very flavourful, rich in seafood taste which is perfect for seafood lovers. There was also a very generous amount of seafood; with large mussels and scallops. 
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San Pedri Eggs were our personal favorite. A classic dish, done right. I love it. The crispy hashbrown, baked tomato,and creamy hollandaise sauce were perfect together. Everything was very well executed. Good portion for one person. 
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The buttermilk pancake had the best presentation among the three dishes. It was served with fresh berries, chocolate-covered honeycomb, edible flowers, and maple syrup. The thick pancake wasn’t our favorite, but it would be to people who enjoy think pancakes. 

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Espresso Room
+6139489 4000
410 High St
Northcote VIC 3070

O'Hey (Invited)

O’Hey is a charming new cafe in the heart of Rosanna. We’re surprised to know that they’ve only been open for 2 months based on the packed-out weekday lunch crowd! They’ve done a splendid job in renovating the whole place - I especially loved the pink ceiling lights and the wall art.

First up, we ordered the Strawberry Coconut Milkshake and a soy flat white to start. My brunch buddy blamed me for taking too generous sips of his milkshake when he was away - I did not! They simply magicked away.

For meals, we shared  O’Hey’s grand take on the the eggs benny, their Brisket - beef brisket on top of potato croquettes topped with poached eggs - all smoked and encased in a glass dome. The result of this was one of the best smoked hollandaise I’ve had. The smokiness and sweetness of the brisket also went really well with the croquettes. My tiny tiny constructive comments would probably just to make the fillings of the croquettes more smooth, and more of the awesome smokey hollandaise!

The Smashed Avo was also pretty good with its pops of sweetness coming from the pomegranate seeds. The avo was perfectly ripe. And the stunner of our whole meal was probably the Cauliflower side. Double-deep-fried and magestically stacked with shards of parmesan crisps in a croquembouche pyramid, we can’t help but ooh and aah at the presentation. Looks aside, the cauliflower coating was reminescent of KFC. Definitely a healthier alternative.

+6139354 3449
44 Ohea St
Coburg VIC 3058

Poolhouse Coffee (Invited)

Poolhouse Coffee located in Melbourne CBD near to RMIT university have a really strategic location to the market. The appearance is so simple from the outside but inside it has a really nice ambience, perfect to chill especially for student or to have a chat with someone.
Starting my morning with a glass of cappuccino with soy milk and the magic. The coffee is smooth yet strong enough to make me awake. They also provide food for the cafe so we decided to grab ham and cheese toasty. They gave us 2 kind of toasty.

In my opinion, it's just a regular well made ham and cheese toasty. The sourdough have a perfect crunchiness and the amount of ham is just right. The ham and toasty comes with a bit of sourness yet very fresh from the pickle coleslaw (we assumed). Those pickle give a huge difference from the first one. We personally love this one better because it is more tasty and more balance. However, if you not into sour and fresh kind of things, we suggest to grab the normal one.

We also tried their chicken rice rolls comes with peanut sauce that has a touch of hoisin sauce. It will be great if the peanut flavour added more into the sauce. The chicken rice rolls is always fresh as they make it daily. Judging by the experience they totally concern the cafe for people who need something quick.

Before we left they gave me gift which is their coffee beans. When I came home I straight away make it because of my curiosity. A hint of sweetness on the first sip but overall it was not fruity but more towards bitter kind of coffee. A full bodied flavour with a short finish. It also has a nutty and chocolate flavour. Poolhouse Coffee is a great cafe to grab a coffee and quick bites during your lunch break or for your breakfast.

Poolhouse Coffee
6 Franklin St
Melbourne VIC 3000