It took a while for us to notice it as the sign outside is simple and unassuming. The suburb is not entirely quiet with a tram track outside but as it's not really on a strip of shops, the place slots nicely into the suburban area.
We luckily snagged some seats along a counter bench before a line started to form outside. An open counter ensured you could see what the staff were doing, removing any barriers between staff and customers.
There were more rooms at the back but I decided not to go disturb them with my photographing!
The waitress kindly gave us a more in depth description upon ordering - the fact that the egg is gooey and meant to be for dipping our brioche soldiers kind of scared my friend - she doesn't like such complicated things.
So we switched and I ordered it! It was different but delicious, and the presentation was beautiful. It reminded me of a dish inspired by a hunter and forest theme a long time ago in North Melbourne, with the magical look of the sprinkled cheese.
The strong truffle flavour was good in small doses. It's up to you how you eat it, you can dip the brioche in the egg but I found it neater to scoop some of the egg out and spread it on my brioche. Overall it was delicious, but there were so many filling flavours from the egg, cheese and brioche that I was happy to have more greens from my friend's dish.
She had the safer sounding pork belly with green mango salsa, peanut praline and fried egg ($18.50). There was not much to fault, the sides nice and fresh and the pork belly crispy and juicy. Unfortunately nothing will ever beat Red Spice Road's caramelised pork belly in Melbourne for us.
If I ever come back I think I won't be able to resist these delectable looking donuts - syringes in desserts are all the rage now. The service was attentive despite how busy the cafe can get, something I was grateful for.
They were so busy I even noticed the barista making a dozen little hot chocolates (below).
In addition to the creative food, open space and lovely service I also enjoyed their cheeky little labels on their coffee cups. They referenced a rapper's nickname "Biggie Smalls" and used it to label their coffee sizes. They also use their cups to promote events - smart.
Creative coffee cup display
I can see why this cafe is so popular despite its suburban location. The Essendon and Moonee Ponds areas are becoming more known for its cafes and this place is a prime example of why.