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Grinning at The Green Refectory

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Published August 31st 2011
Hands down, The Green Refectory is one of the best places in town to have a decadent late breakfast. Its quaint interior brings you back to the times of old when girls wore cotton white dresses with blue sashes, and every gentleman held the door for a lady.

Wooden tables are packed fairly close together, and the walls are brick and warmly decorated with quirky knick knacks. Even the sugar pots on each table are all different in sizes and shapes. One is somehow inspired to burst out in a tap and dance number, perhaps with a chorus line down by the pies. The seating arrangements allow you to cosy up to your eating partner - and if you're of the outdoor kind, there are even seats out in the garden.

The breakfast menu is particularly inspiring. From the sinfully delicious Breakfast Stack, consisting of a 'stacked' tower of mashed potatoes, haloumi cheese, crispy bacon, tomatoes, spinach, topped with a poached egg and nestled on a bed of salsa, to the homemade pastries, muffins, pies and lamb packages are only a few on the list. The muffins in particular are generous in portion and absolutely melt in your mouth. Be warned, you will not want to share your food here, so choose your eating partner wisely.

With every hearty breakfast must come a good quality coffee, and The Green Refectory does not fail to impress here. Even the fussiest of coffee drinkers will be hard pressed to find something wrong with the coffee here.

Despite the constant rush of people and limited seating, the service is friendly and personable. It is a welcome akin to your favourite aunt ushering you into her kitchen where the smells of baking and hot food beckon you. The hum of chatter and laughter surrounds the cafe like a breath of fresh air, a relief from the everyday stresses of life. Time simply melts away at The Green Refectory.
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Why? That lazy breakfast everyone needs
When: Mon-Sat: 7am-8pm. Sun: 8am-6pm.
Where: 115 Sydney Road, Brunswick 3056
Cost: Cheap: $2-$15.50
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