A freelance writer from the country, living in Melbourne.
Published May 14th 2014
Brunswick in the burbs
Despite the abundance of upper crust neighbourhoods situated in Melbourne's east (I'm looking at you Camberwell), this pocket of private school suburbs can be surprisingly lacking in decent coffee. If you're a discerning coffee-drinker who agrees with me, read on. Finally, a consistently good brew, with good food as well.
Situated just off busy Burke Road in Camberwell Junction on Prospect Hill Road, Prospect Espresso is like a little piece of Brunswick Street hidden away in the eastern suburbs.
The beautiful front counter - Photo credit: Mmmsedap via urbanspoon,com
Although a small and cosy cafe, what it lacks in size it makes up for in stellar service, exceptional coffee, and stunning food.
I ordered a standard latte, which had impeccably smooth steamed milk, beautiful latte art and a rich, strong bodied espresso flavour. They also do a variety of different coffee blends from varying origins and a cold-pressed coffee of the day for the serious enthusiast.
My partner ordered the corned beef hash, which was served within a croquette, came with two fried eggs, a house-made HP Sauce, and a smoked tomato. Everything on her plate was fantastic, and the eggs perfectly cooked. To be honest the smoked tomato wasn't really my thing, it tasted a bit too smoky with an undertone of burnt flavour, however the rest of the meal more than made up for it.
The corned beef hash
I had the Prospect Burger, which was served with chips and a delicious creamy aioli. The burger is made in house, served with pickles, cheese, onion and bacon, on a delicious buttery brioche bun. Every component of the burger works well together, and you can taste the quality of the ingredients. The chips come in their own adorable mini frying basket, and were hot, crisp and well-seasoned.
In 10 words or less: artisan coffee, fine dining quality food, Brunswick Street style.
Great things: high quality of food - everything that came out of the kitchen looked fine-dining restaurant worthy. Prices are fairly reasonable for the quality. Consistently high quality coffee. Attentive staff.
Not-so-great things: limited seating. I wouldn't recommend for a group of more than 4 or 5 people. Minor teeny qualm, but the stools on the communal table are incredibly uncomfortable if you are blessed/cursed with an ample derriere. Table seats are however, fine.
Please check your article before posting, as I am presuming you meant Burke Road not Burke street. Let's value an area for what it is and what it offers, rather than hoping it can be a clone of some where else. Happy Adventures !!!