Get off the number 19 tram at stop No. 20 on the Sydney Road and you will find yourself standing in front of a very modest looking café. The food and drink is anything but.
The Green Refectory is recognisable by the bold Illy coffee sign at the front. Don't look for the name, there's no street signage so you would never find it out without asking. Just step in and study the many options on the blackboard or eye up the cakes, temptingly displayed on the counter, with their equally tempting prices.
To order your treats join the queue, as this is a popular, cheap little place that brings in plenty of customers. There really is a huge selection of food to choose from, ranging from burritos to sushi, with everything else you'd expect from a good café in between. The breakfast stack for $10 is certainly one to go for. Piled high with potato, spinach, haloumi, tomato, bacon and a poached or fried egg, I'd call it more of a tower.
Maybe wash it down with a freshly squeezed juice ($3.90) with fruits of your choice or perhaps a milkshake? For $4 dollars, everyday is a milkshake day and these ones are exceptionally good. But don't fret if you're short of time, they also do a good takeaway service here if you're in a bit too much of a rush to sit down with your cappuccino and cake.
The Green Refectory really is a Brunswick gem, particularly for the price. However, if you're after table service and a tranquil atmosphere this probably isn't the café for you. It's the kind of place that is always bustling with passing trade and noisy regulars who have most likely already sampled pretty much everything on the menu. Its popularity is also displayed by the opening times. Open until 7pm every day of the week, it shouldn't be too much of a struggle to find a time to visit. And visit it you should.