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Published August 20th 2014
Taste of Brunswick in Balaclava
Capitan Fracassa Cafe is a new addition to the Balaclava culinary scene. Offering vegan and gluten- free options as well as some meat dishes, this Italian family-owned restaurant, has created new dining possibilities in the South Eastern suburbs.
Open daily for breakfast and lunch, this is an affordable, relaxing cafe with a Bohemian atmosphere. Named after the novel by Theophile Gautier, whose central character, Capitain Francassa, entertains the masses through free travelling theatre performances, the service is quick and friendly and diners are certainly made to feel welcome.
There is indoor and outdoor seating, toys and games, posters, community notices and music to take you back in time.
And the best bit; the food! From little bites, including croissants, quiches and salads, all day breakfasts (with a vegan specific breakfast menu) lunch dishes for example various paninis, hot drinks, juices and milkshakes, there is plenty to tempt every palate.
There is a dedicated fryer for vegan-only foods and all meat is free-range.
My visit was early on a Saturday morning. I sampled the large vegan breakfast (plus a hot chocolate) which was very sizable, and I could not manage it all. I was able to make a substitution and perhaps due to the time of my visit, received my order in about 10 minutes. Only negative was the beans were a little cold, but otherwise delicious.
I will definitely be back to try some other dishes. I'm told the menu will change in a couple of months and that they regularly re-fresh the dishes. I look forward to a return visit.