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The corner of Old Cleveland Road and Cavendish Road is becoming quite the little hub with a number of cafes, homeware stores and boutiques popping up there. The latest is Vintage Kitchen Vintage Closet. A cafe and vintage shop in one. Interesting concept, particularly for the area.
The shop is filled with retro filled items, most of which are for sale. Think vinyl chairs, vintage clothing, tin toys and classic posters. There's also a corner where you play the Sega and if you're a child of the 80s like me, Alex the Kidd will bring back memories of a much simpler life.
The atmosphere is casual and laid back with lots of seating options. A long communal table at the front would be great if you're meeting friends, comfy bench seats for chilling with a latte or if you're like me, a small table if you're having a lazy Sunday breakfast with your partner and the paper.
The menu is really extensive and there's also lots of delicious and tempting treats in the glass cabinet. Two things that really impressed me though was lots of vegetarian options and a really uncomplicated menu. This is vintage authenticity to the core. No fancy schmancy words, just the dish as it is and lots of share options too.
Poached Eggs on Sourdough with sun dried tomato aioli
An all day weekend breakfast menu keeps my partner very happy and he chose the poached eggs and wilted spinach on sourdough with sundried tomato aioli. It came on a cheeseboard and by the speed and enthusiasm he wolfed it down (along with his unwillingness to share) I take it he was happy.
We were there at brunch so I took the lunch option with a Mediterranean wrap of rocket, bocconcini, roasted eggplant and roasted capsicum. It usually comes with salami but we omitted that. It was lovely. Again, simple ingredients and simple flavours.
I really should have stopped after this, but I have a sweet tooth that is my constant downfall. So this was the lemon and pistachio cake with whipped cream that became my second course. Moist and delicious, it was gone in three bites. My partner's lemon and poppyseed cake in the background was already half eaten before I got to take the photo...I had to turn it around so you can't see the giant bite marks. Nuff said.
Overall, Vintage Kitchen Vintage Closet is somewhere different and great if you're after somewhere casual and chilled. I hear they have live bands and I think that would be awesome on a Saturday arvo with friends. During the day it would be easy to drive past as there's not much branding from the street. A few crates and tables outside or couches would probably help draw a crowd, but once you're in you know you've discovered a gem. These people have an obvious love of all things vintage and it shows.