Friends of Mine

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Friends of Mine set in a charming old corner building located five minutes walk from Burnley station. It is easily accessible by train, tram (70) and car. The cafe it self is big with a spacious cozy indoor seatings. It was divided into two sections; casual theme with wood communal tables, tables for 2-4, bare brick walls, concrete floors with a little peak of the kitchen. 

The other section is more formal with white table cloth and posh, this is where they served their once a month "High Tea". There are various modern art work, fresh flowers, yellow benches that amplifies the vibe of the restaurants. They also have plenty of room outside with their iconic yellow umbrella.

The first time I was attracted to Friends of Mine is when I read Matt Preston's five favourite breakfast spot and the picture of banana bread was clearly appetizing. Since my partner love banana bread, it was fixed that we will visit Friends of Mine ASAP. Since then this is my fourth visit to Friends of Mine.

Toasted Banana Bread w/ maple syrup mascarpone, fresh banana, berry compote and pistachio ($15.9) w/ bacon ($4). The bread is light, fluffy with a strong taste of banana but the texture is closer to banana cake. Mascarpone and berry mixed well together and pistachios added crunchy texture to it.

Shakshuka - eggs gently poached in a base of tomatoes, onion and spices with house warmed Turkish bread ($18.9). The tomato sauce was rich and dominant mixed with crispy Turkish bread. It was pretty enjoyable.

Confit leg of duck w/ braised lentils, cauliflower puree and fruit chutney ($21.9). The duck was made perfectly, moist and tasty in the bed of creamy cauliflower and refreshing fruit chutney. 

Wagyu beef burger w/ Kewpie mayonnaise, gherkins, Maffra aged cheddar, caramelised onion, bacon ($23.9) and chips ($4). The chips was the winning point of this dish, it was crunchy and well seasoned. The burger it self fall average and needed more seasonings.

Pretty in Pink - watermelon, apple and mint ($8.5). It was freshly made to order and it show's. Natural sweetness clearly the theme of Pretty in Pink. I love it so much.

Chai latte and Coffee was pretty decent. Both prepared really well with the right temperature and fluffy, smooth milk. I love the yellow cup it brightens up the whole table.

Their service was friendly, attentive and really helpful. I'm there with my friends with laptops and books, we needed seats close to the power outlet and they really pay attentions to our needs during our visits. The let down was they only except cash, they do have an ATM machine in the doorway but I do expect them to have an EFTPOS machine later on for convenient reasons.

I love their vibrant yellow menu and at the back there is a picture of a kid with a memo reminding each one of us is beautiful. It was warm and empowering. Overall, they have a decent food, great service and place even though on peak hours the food service could take some time.

Friends of Mine Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Monday-Friday: 7am-4pm
Saturday-Sunday:  7.30am-4pm

Friends of Mine
506 Swan St
Richmond, VIC 3121