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Short Black Cafe

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Published February 7th 2014
All-day brekkie in Camberwell Shopping Precinct
Finding an all-day breakfast which won't break the bank can be difficult at the best of times, let alone in Camberwell. The Short Black Café, in the heart of the Camberwell Shopping Precinct, is then nothing short of miraculous. Unfortunately, while their breakfast experience is decent, there were a few aspects could do with some improvement.

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Breakfast from the Short Black Cafe.

I ordered the SB breakfast: two eggs on bread with grilled tomato, a kransky sausage, two hash browns and pile of buttery mushrooms. It is meant to have bacon, but I ordered mine without. Unfortunately they wouldn't let me swap the bacon for avocado without paying $3 extra, which seemed a little steep. The mushrooms were by far the most exciting part of the breakfast- and this is coming from someone who has always despised mushroom. Thankfully there were plenty of mushrooms (although they are hiding under the kransky and hash browns in the picture). Other than the delicious mushrooms, the rest of the breakfast was fairly average. The thin, tough bread left much to be desired.

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SB Breakfast from the Short Black Cafe. $16.50

My friend ordered the SB Veggie breakfast, which was similar to the SB breakfast but a little healthier, with spinach and avocado instead of the hash browns and kransky sausage.

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Vegetarian breakfast from the Short Black Cafe.

Service was spotty. There were too many staff working, so several were standing near our table, hovering over our conversation. They initially brought out the wrong order. This would usually not be a big deal, but the waiter who brought out the incorrect order later came back to our table asking what he did wrong. On the upside, they distributed $20 return meal vouchers to all customers.

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Interior of the Short Black Cafe.

It was interesting to see that they accepted payment via Paypal (online money). I didn't make use of it, instead going up to the counter to pay, but it would be useful in busy times if you just want to pay and leave without the wait.

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You can pay via Paypal at the Short Black Cafe.

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The Short Black Cafe seems to have its former name on the signage.
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Why? For those times when you desperately need breakfast and it's 4pm.
When: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner; seven days.
Phone: 9882 8599
Where: 761/767 Burke Road, Camberwell 3124.
Cost: About $12 - $17 for breakfast. Lunch specials $12.
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Great review and sums up very well the experience I've also had at Short Black. Not sure why, given the patchy service, they remain as popular as they seem to be, especially given the wealth of great cafes in the area.
by Fiona Anderson (score: 2|961) 2485 days ago
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