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by Sarah Oh (subscribe)
I'm just a very primitive Artsy kind of a person, who is living in Melbourne. More muses can be found at www.squashedoranges.wordpress.com
Published March 31st 2013
Sunday Brunch with Love
The Reading Room Cafe


It's been an intensive at the university for me. I thought that I'd might as well give myself a break from my work and go for a simple brunch with bestie.

Well, The Reading Room Cafe is located in Victoria University in Footscray. It was my first time there. Bestie tried their menu before and decided to give a second chance. Anything went for me, since I've not had a decent brunch for a long time.

The Reading Room Cafe


The Reading Room Cafe


The cafe has a quaint and minimalistic concept to it. I'm pretty sure the cafe gets busy during the semester. We were there on Sunday - which gets a fair amount of the crowd, but it was just about right for me (especially when I had a hectic week and I needed some quiet moments to myself).

According to bestie, the chef is from Malaysia. The menu was decently-priced for its quality.

The Reading Room Cafe


I was spoilt for choices. Everything on the menu sounds really good but I was feeling for something really fatty.

Crackle-San


So, I picked Crackle-San since I have the bestie's assertions that it was good.

Crackle-San, $17.00 Perhaps it's the Asian instincts inside me, which is calling out to a fatty pork belly. Its texture was soft and moist for my liking, but I'd prefer a longer roast in order to achieve a crispy pork skin. The side dishes - velvet sweet potato, pickled cucumber, chilli marmalade, wasabi mayonnaise make a good combination for my taste palettes. Above all, this dish was decently tasty.

Colonel's Mistress


Bestie picked this for her choice;

Colonel's Mistress, $16.50 - Southern fried chicken, mango, lime and peanut slaw, chipotle aioli.

Honestly, I was more impressed with her dish, as compared to mine. Her dish was simply delish. I guess, the combination of mango and lime added a refreshing twist to the heavily-fried chicken.

It's been a delightful weekend. I cannot be more than happy just to have a quiet brunch with my dear friend on a relaxing Sunday.
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Why? A quiet Sunday brunch with my love, nothing more.
Phone: 0413 842 690 / 9919 4091
Where: 88 Ballarat Road, Footscray, Victoria University {Footscray Park campus} Building P, Ground floor
Cost: $10- $30
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