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Published February 2nd 2020
A neighbourhood cafe that hits all the right notes
115 Groundhouse has only been open since mid-2019, but it has already established itself as a neighbourhood favourite. Located just within walking distance of the Aubin Grove station, just outside the Woolworths and right at the edge of Atwell and Aubin Grove, the cafe is constantly packed, even on weekday mornings.
The coffee is good. The place is dog-friendly. The food is elevated suburban cafe fare.
Their menu is well thought out, and slightly adventurous. There are plenty of cafe menu staples available, but you can always find a twist to their food that keeps things interesting. The servings are generous, but not overwhelming. Care is put into every dish to ensure there's a perfect mix of texture and flavour, and health-conscious cafe patrons will definitely get a good mix of vegetables and meat with most of their offerings.
Feta Scrambled Eggs with chilli oats and micro herbs
One of their menu standouts is the feta scrambled eggs ($16). Inspired by chilli oil in a local Chinese roast duck joint, the owners have created their own breakfast take in their crispy chilli oat topping for this dish. The result is a textural and flavoursome revelation, with the crunch of the oats, the slight warmth of the chilli heat and rich creaminess of the feta cheese and egg melting in your mouth with every bite.
Pulled Pork Benedict with charcoal bread, hollandaise sauce, asparagus, kimchi oil and pepitas
Another must-try on their menu is the pulled pork benedict ($18). Unlike pulled pork creations in most other places, 115 Groundhouse takes care not to overwhelm the meat with too much sweetness and not much else. The flavour in the meat is strong but perfectly balanced to let the savoury and smokiness of the pork come through. The kimchi oil gives the dish a perfect dash of acidity and heat to lighten every meaty bite. Just be warned that the charcoal bread used in this dish is quite dense.
French Toast with bacon, cherry jam, pistachio and maple syrup and cinnamon ricotta
But not every experiment is rewarded. Their french toast ($16) is near perfect, but the use of a strong ricotta cheese doesn't pair well with a tart cherry jam and ends up taking away from the wonderful savouriness of the rest of the dish.
Hash and Black Pudding with fried egg, paprika, romesca cream, shallots and rocket
Aside from their menu offerings, a wide selection of baked sweet and savoury goods are available at the counter, and cold-pressed juices are in the fridge to ensure that there's something for everyone.
Breakfast is not all 115 Groundhouse serves. On Friday nights from 5 pm to 8:30 pm, the cafe transforms into a burger joint serving juicy, tasty burgers. Even non-meat eaters will feel the love, with their chickpea and quinoa patty, halloumi and mushroom burgers being a must-have.
Whether you're after breakfast, brunch or a burger-y dinner, 115 Groundhouse is a neighbourhood cafe that hits all the right notes.