Collective Espresso (Invited)

Saturday, March 18, 2017 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Collective Espresso is a petit cafe located just opposite of Camberwell train station, also accessible by tram 72 and there are plenty of street parkings around even though it might be challenging to find a spot on weekends. 

I was invited down to Collective Espresso and when I arrived I remembered that I have been there before. This review is based on 3 visit to Collective Espresso on 3 different month. The cafe it self is petit and not suitable for large group of people, they have a small outdoor area and a long communal table inside with a couple of counter table. Skinny Cappuccino, Hot Chocolate, Prana Chai, Vanilla Milkshakes and BAM - blueberry, apple and mint slushie ($7.5). I love the coffee as well as the refreshing BAM but the hot chocolate was just decent and the vanilla milkshakes needed to be creamier for my taste.

My brother ordered Eggs Benny - poached eggs, crispy pork, potato hash, wilted spinach, apple, herb salad, hollandaise ($19.5). The pork and potato hash was moist but crunchy enough on the outside, it's a nice change to a regular English muffins. The egg was well cooked but the pork crackling was way too tough even though the flavour was good.

Charred Corn, Cumin Seed & Zucchini Fritters - fried egg, avocado, whipped goats cheese with kafir, lemongrass tomato chutney ($18.5). The original version contains poached egg rather than fried egg but somehow I was in the mood for fried egg that day so I asked whether they can change it and they did. The fritters was tasty and crunchy but pretty heavy and a bit dry inside but the combination flavour was pretty good.

The Collective Sigh of Relief - eggs, bacon, toast, homemade beans, cheesy hash, wilted spinach, slow roasted mushrooms, tomato chilli chutney ($22) extra fresh avocado ($5). It's been a long time since I ordered big breakfast and I don't regret it at all. Every component in this dish were delicious, well made, well seasoned and prepare nicely.

Southern style Fried Chicken Burger - Vietnamese mint, coriander slaw, wasabi mayo, cheese and shoe string fries ($19). The burger was pretty nice and well seasoned but for me the chicken was a bit too dry as well as the bun.

Herb Crumbed Mushrooms on English Muffin - porcini pesto, wilted spinach, served with trufflenaise ($16.5).Shout out to all the mushroom lovers out there! You should try their mushroom dish. It's different and new. The sauce they put on top of the mushroom is awesome. It taste like escargot pesto. The cheese surround the plate really compliment the whole dish as well. Almost everyone in the restaurant has this dish. Surprisingly, its a vegan dish!

House Cured Salmon Bruschetta - cauliflower, thyme puree, Southcape feta, dill, radish, mixed seeds and poached eggs. The cheese is the bomb and clearly the star of the dish, it compliments every ingredients on the plate. Plus point, the presentation was so delicate and pretty.

Their truffle chips was amazingly thin, crispy and flavourful. I could eat it everyday even without the mayo or the tomato sauce. Love it so much.

We had a lovely time, on all our visit to Collective Espresso. They maybe small in size but the hospitality and food was satisfying. I would love to come back for some more of their chips and salmon. Yum!

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Collective Espresso
1/3 Cookson St
Camberwell, VIC 3124
Monday-Friday: 7am-4pm
Saturday-Sunday: 8am-4pm