Freelance writer. Melbourne based cinephile. Fond of food.
Published August 27th 2012
Cafes come and go, especially on Bridge Road. The flavour of the month can literally be that, then gone the next. So you know a place must be good when three years on its busier than ever. Such is the case with Three One 2 One, although you may be wondering why you've never heard of it before. Until recently this perky little eatery was known as Sparks.
Sparks had all the right ingredients: consistently excellent coffee, great food, good prices and friendly, relaxed service. The only thing I was never sold on was it's logo and décor, which gave off a slightly gaudy early 90s vibe. Thankfully, new branding and a refurb give the place the modern and stylish exterior it deserves. The lighter colours and inclusion of a couple of couches and banquette have opened up the main dining area to create a more informal atmosphere which more accurately reflects the eatery's personality.
Peak hour at Three One 2 One is breakfast time, and there are plenty of options to please both fans of traditional breaky staples and those wanting something a little different. Vegetarians are particularly spoilt for choice. The real jewel in Three One 2 One's' crown though is its co-owner, James. Day in, day out, he's never without a welcoming smile and a cheery exchange.
I'm always willing to try the next big thing in Richmond cafes, but like a lot of people, I always go back to Three One 2 One, the reliable old favourite.