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Three Bags Full Cafe

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by Theseeker (subscribe)
The seeker of joy, peace and truth
Published April 1st 2012
I must start this review stating that waiting to be seated and joining a queue on a Sunday for breakfast is not something I remotely contemplate on doing any time anywhere. I can understand queuing up for a fancy restaurant, a posh bar, a night club even, but for breakfast on a leisurely chilly Sunday? Nope.

But I actually did that for the first time in a long long time recently. I joined the breakfast queue in front of the very cool looking cafe Three Bags Full in Abbotsford. It was 11am (that was our mistake, the waiter said we should come at 830am if we wanted to avoid any wait). They don't take bookings on weekends, inconveniently so like many other cafes, so it's a bit disappointing at the start. There were 8 groups waiting to be seated before our small group of 3. Despite the wish to be warm inside and soak up the ambience and vibe, we decided to grab the first available table outside and felt rather cold. It was after 30min wait so we didn't want to delay our food intake. Service was again 30min late due to the rush. (could they have sorted this with more staff in kitchen?) We tolerated that as well.

It's located in an old corner building with red brick exterior and funky decor inside. They have expanded at some point to the next block and called it Next Door which is accessible from inside the cafe and managed by the same staff. The glass windows offer cool views outside for people watchers. Lighting and high tables all nicely blend the mood of the cafe.

It was time for the food and we were very delighted. My vegie breakfast came in a massive plate with everything looking fresh and yummy. My friends chose the muesli and eggs florentine which were also very very delicious. Although the muesli was served with the tiniest milk jar and we asked twice for refills. How can one have dry muesli? Anyway, my mixed juice was super healthy and kept me very happy and chilled. Waiters were lovely and friendly.

Lastly, I couldn't resist the cakes when I went to pay at the front (since we were outside I didn't get to survey the goodie jars and plates earlier), I had already filled up with breakkie, but still had some hunger in my eyes, so took the flourless choc cake and baked choc and cheese cake in takeaway containers. And boy, were they amazing. I was having them while driving in my car and it was a treat for the weekend.
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Why? A popular cafe that serves delicious food
When: Monday-Friday 7am to 5pm, weekends and public holidays 8am to 5pm
Where: Corner of Nicholson St and Mollison St, Abbotsford
Cost: Under $20
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