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Red Tongue Cafe

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by Rod Whitfield (subscribe)
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Published October 31st 2011
This strangely named café/restaurant in the heart of the Brunswick Street precinct is a very sleek and slick operation indeed. It has the efficiency and vibe only possible in a place run by highly experienced venue operators.

The décor and general feel of the place is typical Brunswick Street, that is, funky and modern but in a less yuppie way than Chapel Street or even St Kilda. It is small to mid sized, but utilizes its space very nicely, with plenty of tables and a fantastic outdoor dining area that puts you right in the thick of Brunny. In fact it's very neat and quite symmetrical in its setup, and thus quite easy on the eye.

The service is typically on the ball, apart from a couple of minor and forgivable slip-ups, and the waiting staff all had smiles on their faces.

The menu is very extensive, it's a little difficult to make a decision as to what to order, with just about all tastes catered for. Including vegetarians. The veggie burger is quite interesting and different, in that there's no actual vegetable patty. It's eggplant, mushroom, cheese and other vegetables, really quite tasty and with a nice thick bun and a solid serving of fries, extremely filling. Indeed, their serving sizes are mighty impressive. The pizzas are extremely generous with their toppings and the chicken schnitzel is just enormous. A quick scan of other tables revealed similarly sizable portions. Anyone not in training for an Olympic weight training event will walk away more than satisfied.

And in typical Melbourne and Brunswick Street fashion, the coffee is excellent, very rich and full flavoured. There really is nothing quite like coffee in Melbourne, no other city in Australia can match it.

Red Tongue is kind of the 'complete' relaxed style, low to medium priced café/restaurant. The competition inherent in the area serves to keep prices down, so a meal here is unlikely to break the budget. It does breakfast, lunch and dinner, and does so in very comprehensive fashion. Television's 'Lehmo', from channel Ten's 'Before the Game', happened to be dining there on this occasion, so you may just catch yourself a glimpse of a celeb there as well. An excellent position in this classic precinct rounds out what is a superb Melbourne eatery.
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Where: 275 Brunswick St., Fitzroy, 3065
Cost: Medium
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