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Minimo Cafe

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Published September 5th 2012
A hot bath with a side of chutney, thanks
Minimo Long Black; two shots of coffee, the way Claudio makes it. Delicious.

A hot bath and a standing ovation may not be what you expect – or want – from a weekday brunch, but with cheerful staff and fuss-free service Brunswick cafe Minimo turns the unexpected into a welcome surprise.

A zealous man with a tea-towel over his shoulder – Claudio, presumably – brings a couple of menus to our low outdoor table and offers drinks. Unfortunately the tea sits in the pot unsuccessfully trying to pass as loose-leaf, but the coffee is delicious and we end up ordering another round. Their menu changes seasonally and breakfast classics are given an interesting twist with carefully chosen sides. Despite a longstanding aversion to cooked fruit I can't resist the sourdough French toast with apple and ginger compote, cinnamon vanilla crème anglais and maple syrup. Unlike other cafes the compote isn't too thick or sickly-sweet, so the rest of the meal is balanced without being overpowered. I'm not sure whether or not it's important that the eggs are slow-cooked at 63 degrees, but they do that too.

The meals are a decent size (our apparently impressive gastric ability prompted applause on sight of the empty plates), though it's a bit more pricey than you might be otherwise looking at for a Brunswick brunch. Being a weekday, Minimo wasn't busy, and the staff are happy to let you sit on empty cups without hassling you out the door or into another purchase.

french toast
I would have tipped another few spoonfuls of ginger on it, but as-is the French Toast was a winner.

Minimo is open Mondays and Wednesday through Friday from 7.30 to 4.30, and weekends 9-4. Mains are $11-$18 (with some nice vegan and gluten-free options included) and drinks all around the $3-$5 mark.

And the bath? That's 'bagna couda'- eggs on a potato rosti with spinach, Istra bacon, and an anchovy and garlic sauce.

Stylish interior bookshelf at Minimo

Smooth tables, comfortable seats and the daily paper.
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Why? Unique food in a comfortable atmosphere
Where: Sydney Road, Brunswick
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