Although the room at No. 4 has a split personality - at night time under the monikor No4 Blake Street the room is dark and sophisticated and curtained; during the day it becomes Blake St Café and is bright, airy and open - the food is always amazing.
During the day the deep velvet curtians are opened, revealing the workings of the kitchen
We were a table of four: three adults and a seven year old on school holidays. She walked in and ordered a strawberry milkshake like she owned the place. The gentleman serving us took one look at me and suggested I needed a coffee. He was 100% right and it set the tone for the morning, service was friendly, if a little cheeky. I like that in the mornings.
The menu is really interesting, full of things you don't normally see on a breakfast menu. And the things you do normally see are just that little bit different, more special.
For the sweet tooths, a Belgium waffle with chocolate parfait, passionfruit curd, passionfruit clay and honey ($17) or perhaps honey glazed plums with natural honey ricotta, pancetta and sourdough ($18).
For those who like something a little more exotic there is beetroot cured ocean trout, baby cos, crisp apple, crème fraiche and rosemary brioche ($17).
There is a Big Banging No 4 breakfast ($23) and Vego Farmhouse breakfast ($21) both with your choice of free range eggs.
I can't go past a sweet corn fritter and this one was a beauty. Sure there was only one, but it was literally the size of a dinner plate, with three generous scoops of avocado salsa, tiny but perfect poached eggs, chilli jam and a sprinkling of micro herbs ($19). With the crunch of fresh coriander in the fritter it was pretty much flawless.
We also ordered the house beans ($16) which were baked with sweet onion, peppers, tomato, four types of beans and poached eggs. For an extra $2, a serve of chorizo added an extra layer of yum. 'I'm done,' my friend declared, sated. I don't think he was going to be able to function at work for the next few hours.
There is a small kids' menu, mainly adult dishes with some of the more complex elements removed. The kids' version of the Belgium waffles comes with vanilla icecream and chocolate sauce. 'Icecream for breakfast?' my daughter declared. She thought this was the Best. Breakfast. Ever. Especially when her milkshake ($4.80) came in a mini glass milk bottle. The milk bottle is gorgeous, but it does mean that it is quite a small serving.
Even though the breakfast serving sizes were generous and I was more than sated, I couldn't go past the trays of fresh, house-made muffins lined up in front of the register. 'For morning tea,' I said, not convinced they would even make it home.
Like the innovative, transcendental food that is offered in the evenings, breakfast at No 4 is special. Beautiful to look at, joyful to eat.