Breakfast in the sunshine.
Most of the places on San Remo's Marine Parade just blend in with the surroundings. One place, Porter Republic
, looks like it's been transported directly from Melbourne. Their funky décor and great approach to food give them a quality that's completely new.
A different kind of bubble and squeak.
It's a draw when it comes to the first thing you notice about Porter Republic. The general surroundings have a certain what-I-found-in-the-shed feel that sets the tone for a relaxed meal. The staff achieve the challenging task of being both attentive and laid-back, greeting newcomers even when it's busy, finding just the right table and supplying everything needed, then ambling off to find you food. It gives the place a nice, friendly feeling, almost as if you've dropped in to a mate's place who happens to charge you for your coffee.
The food is where the café really stands out. It's the usual café fare with a bit of creativity added. My pancakes, for example, came with a berry compote and a banana-walnut concoction that had been caramelised in honey. It was delicious, and not overwhelmingly sweet, as many breakfast pancakes are. Other items on the menu are a similar mix of the simple and the creative, with granola being served as a trifle and bacon and eggs in any way you can imagine.
Egg and bacon roll - perfect for a weekend morning.
We sat out the back in the sun, surrounded by herb beds, lemon trees and antique, well-used toys. The grass at our feet was a nice contrast to the usual tiles or concrete. Again, I was reminded of dropping by a mate's place. It was the ideal way to spend a leisurely breakfast.