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Cafe Issus

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by Anthony Carrick (subscribe)
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Published January 22nd 2019
Cocktail and meatballs for breakfast at Cafe Issus
Cafe Issus on Centre Place in Melbourne's CBD (off Flinders Street) is a charming and cosy, licensed cafe with a fun variety of breakfast and drinks. We came here with a party of about 8 for breakfast/lunch and the restaurant happily sat us at a suitable table for our large group.

After a scan of the menu, my heart became set on the Middle Eastern Meatballs which I paired with a Bloody Mary - after deciding it was indeed okay to drink alcohol in the morning, if I so desired. The Middle Eastern Meatballs were very impressive and filling - they came in a sizzling pan in a tomato stew with two poached eggs. All that goodness also came with two slices of crusty bread for dipping. The meatballs were soft and fell apart easily, though this wasn't a bad thing - after all they'd been sitting in hot tomato stew, and weren't made only of meat - I think that's indeed a Middle Eastern recipe - there were herbs and filling too. The poached eggs weren't dry and were firm without being hard, well prepared.

Middle Eastern Meatballs at Cafe Issus
Middle Eastern Meatballs at Cafe Issus

My Bloody Mary was appropriately spicy and without being overpowering; garnished with olives and served with a couple of pieces of celery taller than the glass and seemingly fresh as well. They supplied a paper straw too, which is admirable in this day and age of plastic reduction.

Bloody Mary at Cafe Issus
Bloody Mary at Cafe Issus

A few of our friends got pancakes which Cafe Issus has a signature addition - fairy floss! I didn't try any of this but they were quite pleased with their pancakes served with fresh fruit and cream. The fairy floss looked quite light and airy and they gave no impression of it being too sweet.

Pancakes with Fairy Floss at Cafe Issus
Pancakes with Fairy Floss at Cafe Issus

I think our group was quite happy with our respective meals at Cafe Issus, I certainly was and the service was good - quick and pleasant, they also let us pay separately too.

Cafe Issus Menu
Cafe Issus Menu
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Why? Good food and atmosphere
When: Mon - Thu:06:00 - 18:00 Fri:06:00 - 20:00 Sat - Sun:06:00 - 18:00
Phone: (03) 9663 8844
Where: 8 Centre Place Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3000
Cost: $12 - $20
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