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A1 Bakery Cafe

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by PaperColossus (subscribe)
Published March 29th 2012
The best way to gain 10 kilograms in Melbourne is at A1 Bakery,
643-645 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Melbourne.

This review is not here to tell you how to live your life. If you are that special Maverick on a quest to gain 10 kilograms in Melbourne, bucking all of the new age fad-diets/scientific facts out there, because you have a vision, you don't need anyone to tell you how to live. All you need are some cold hard facts: where to get delicious dinner treats 7 days a week, on a budget, breakfast through dinner.

The answer is A1 Bakery, Sydney Road, Brunswick. On the other hand, if it is not your quest to put on 10 kilograms and instead you just want to sample some delicious Lebanese treats; then it is a case of same answer, different question.

A1 boasts the most delicious-addictive Lebanese pizza, coffee, desert and savory treats in town. At A1 bakery the coffee costs $2, a meat pizza $3 Do I really need to continue? A1 is open seven days a week, breakfast through dinner, the staff are extremely friendly and the supermarket section is incredibly interesting to browse: jars of olives bigger than your backseat, spices, flat-breads, and other mysterious treats you are unlikely to find anywhere else.

This place is an institution. Some describe A1 as the perfect place for a relaxed long-lunch with friends or a quick coffee between errands, while others see it as the perfect cure for a hangover. With ample space, inside or out, A1 will always welcome you with open arms and an empty seat. They also cater for functions and given notice can provide mini versions of all of their renowned delicacies.

However you see it, only one thing is for certain - at A1 everything is cheap and everything is delicious. The food is incredibly addictive and incredibly cheap (mains between $3-$6), a dangerous combination for those partial to seconds/third/fourths syndrome or those familiar with the dreaded meat-hangover.

Situated on the Brunswick end of Sydney road, A1 has a fantastic window for people watching. The colourful characters of Sydney road seem to be drawn in by the cheap coffee, fast service and addictive savory snacks. If you are unfamiliar with Lebanese pizza and you already live in Melbourne, the time is now to discover what that hole in your character is made of. If you are new to Melbourne and yet to try Lebanese food, start your odyssey at A1. The only regret you'll have is that you don't have a bigger stomach.
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Why? In the name of deliciousness.
When: 7 days a week
Where: 643-645 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Melbourne.
Cost: Cheap (Mains $3-$6).
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