A Melbourne based writer who is a travel junkie, dedicated foodie and emerging photographer.
Published January 13th 2015
Blood (Orange), sweat and tears bear fruit
I had been meaning to get to Blood Orange Foodstore since it opened in September 2014. I walked past it every time I headed to Auburn Railway Station, which is close by the cafe.
Bright and bold from the outside, I could peer in and see a select range of grocery items lining shelves. Blood Orange is a cafe, deli and grocery store, offering a range of take home meals, house made jams and preserves, and what are described as 'artisan groceries'. I saw people sitting outside, dining under umbrellas, as well as those seated inside. It looked very inviting.
View from the front entrance of Blood Orange
I finally managed to get there in late 2014 - but that was just the first of several visits since. I am spoilt for choice in terms of cafes in this area, but Blood Orange is good enough to warrant return visits. I've been back there not only to dine, but I was also able to purchase some delightful Christmas gifts of the select foodie variety - like small bottles of truffle oil, and gorgeous little jars of liqueur cherries.
Blood Orange offers a range of fresh produce and artisan groceries
Broadly, what I like about Blood Orange is that the service has been consistently excellent, the food is top notch, the coffee is great, and, to top all of that off, they stock the most amazing range of fresh fruit and vegetables.
Mmmmm fresh papayas
I see from Blood Orange's Facebook page that they have just released a new breakfast menu - all day breakfast of course - which I've yet to try. But I've no doubt, based on my experience so far, that the food offering will continue to be outstanding.
When we visited, Dave ordered the potato rosti with salmon, avocado, poached egg and hollandaise sauce ($19.50). It looked delicious, and certainly he seemed to enjoy it!
Potato rosti with salmon, avocado, poached egg and hollandaise sauce
I had a more modest dish - coconut chia porridge with seasonal fruit ($12). It was beautifully presented, with a nice selection of super fresh fruit. They managed to get the consistency of the porridge just right; I've tried to replicate it at home, but it seems to come out a bit like glue!
Coconut chia porridge
If you visit, keep in mind that you need to order and pay at the counter (though the meals are brought to your table).
Blood Orange is not the cheapest cafe in the area, but the food freshness and quality justify the extra dollar or two charged.
Blood Orange is located at 659-661 Burwood Road, Hawthorn East (corner of Montrose Street). It's open from 7.00am - 6.00pm Monday to Friday, and 7.00am - 3.00pm on weekends.