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Fifty Acres opened early in 2013 and is already causing ripples of appreciation amongst coffee lovers.
The set up is striking -- urban chic, with sharp and curved lines and plenty of steely gloss. There are vaulted ceilings and exposed brick and the kind of clean edged lines which makes you think "cutting edge."
There is a central bar where you can sit on bar stools and get your caffeine fix; not quite intravenously yet but hey with such dedication to caffeine maybe this innovation is coming.
In this open plan layout you can also see straight through to the scrubbed expanses of the surgical looking kitchen.
Given it is right near the Epworth Hospital in Richmond this seems fitting.
We were there for breakfast and the menu was a tad bit different than normal fare in the region. I ordered the whipped eggs on sourdough with goats cheese, crushed avocado and slow roasted tomato; a kaleidoscope of colours and culinary complements.
I've been to Fifty Acres twice now as it is the kind of place you go back to knowing you are going to get great coffee. Plus the menu is innovative enough that it seems well worth working your way down through. Items like house-cured New Zealand king salmon with green olive tapenade eggs on dark rye and pulled pork sliders beckons.
Fifty Acres is a magnet especially if your are shopping in Bridge Road or heading off to a sporting fixture. It is on the right path for people who are making their way to the G or those fit souls that like to walk into the CBD.