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@Spinifex Cafe

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by Clay Steele (subscribe)
Nutritionist & Life Coach Meeting all requirements to call myself so (i.e. none)
Published October 18th 2013
Spinifex affection
If two people can walk out of a café with full stomachs, a wee dose of alcohol, a hit of caffeine and still have got some change back from one of the yellow notes the RBA circulates, then those two people should be well contented.
Lunch with a Spin Doctor

I'm not sure if @Spinifex is the best café on Bellair St, however it is the only one savvy enough to display a menu on its window. Liking to make informed decisions on potential dining experiences this was enough to persuade me to give them custom.

With @Spinifex's chic, white interior and al fresco dining on the scenic elm lined boulevard that only Melbourne's older suburbs are fortunate enough to boast, a solid argument could also be mounted should you favour ambience ahead of subsistence
Spinifex pork
Imported crackling

The food could not be described as gourmet at @Spinifex however with the prices for most dishes sitting in the low-to-mid teens the menu definitely punches at the appropriate weight level. Both items we ordered were served with some succulent slow roasted meat that fell about quicker than the Australian top order in England. The meat was the undisputed champion with the accompaniments only rating fair-to-middling. For instance the crackling that came with the pork was of the packaged variety rather than anything the kitchen itself had produced.
Spinifex lamb
Lamb roll focaccia

Being a sunny Saturday I was wont to imbibe the amber liquid but found only a choice of two: either Mexican goat's urine (aka Corona) or Melbourne's own Mountain Goat Steamed Ale. I chose the latter and could thus claim to be washing down my lamb with goat. I must say I do rate that beer - though my companion pointed out that there are not many beers that I have shown a disliking for.

The dessert did provide an exclamation mark for the afternoon. A delicious raspberry chocolate fudge cake at a charge of only $3.50 certainly made one more partial to the establishment.
Spinifex dessert
Fudge my brains out

So if you want a cheap feed in stylish surrounds that will provide satiety but not necessarily rapture than @Spinifex is your go. If you're after true artisan cuisine, then you're best off looking elsewhere and increasing your credit limit.
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Why? Food is essential for long term survival
When: Breakfast & lunch
Phone: (03) 9372 2285
Where: 192 Bellair St, Kensington
Cost: $10-18 per main
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