Nutritionist & Life Coach
Meeting all requirements to call myself so (i.e. none)
Published July 13th 2012
If you're looking for a café that ticks every box including ambience, service, quality and price then look no further than the Odd Spot Café in Newport. Not far from trendy Williamstown you'll find this quirkily themed café - replete with light fittings artfully constructed by Jan Flook from recycled baked bean tin lids.
This is a real café for foodies. Even the take-away-snack-with-coffee baked goods are freshly prepared (including gluten free options). On my visit the blackboard included almond berry friands, caramel slices, date chocolate & coconut cake, a selection of baked and savoury muffins and a lot more sweet sounding fare that would give dieticians nightmares but make them salivate at the same time.
The wall adorned with cookbook after cookbook rather than copies of Women's Weekly shows that preparing fresh produce into delicious feasts is what the Odd Spot is all about. This is carried through to every item on the menu. Simple produce transformed into great tasting, honest meals.
I would highly recommend getting there for breakfast. I don't think I've tasted a better big breakfast, the hash brown actually being a potato that has been hashed (rather than your typical variety purchased from the frozen section) and the baked beans homemade rather than courtesy of Mr Heinz. With creamy scrambled eggs, unspeakably delicious roast garlic mushrooms and the bacon cooked as crispy as is legal in this country you will feel like a post coital cigarette even if you've never smoked in your life.
The other selection I enjoyed with my companion was the 'Button Popping Bagel'. With a poached egg, hollandaise and crispy bacon served in a bagel and topped with the finest tomato salsa I've had the pleasure of tasting this is one bread roll that can't be eaten with the hands.
I could not speak more highly of this unassuming venue. It's been there for years and is a massive hit with the locals and it's not hard to see why. Despite being full halfway through the meal there was no heed paid - we just kept on going until every last exquisite morsel was inside us. The ultimate tribute to the chef being the empty plates we sent back to the kitchen.
Open for breakfast and lunch every day and with a constantly updated and eclectic specials board you could eat there all week and not get bored with the menu. The premises are also licensed for those after a sneaky nip early in the day.
All I can say is get there and, at this time of year, do your best to get close to the cosy pot belly stove that blazes away any worries about Melbourne's winter.