Back in May, Essjay wrote about Beatrix, a relatively new cafe in North Melbourne. I read the post and thought the place looked great, but living in Richmond, North Melbourne is a bit awkward to get to, especially during winter when football season is on. Traffic jam anyone?
That said, I was keen to try it, and after being totally disappointed with the Good Food and Wine Show (and pretty much vowing to never go to something similar again), D and I headed to Beatrix. That day we had ‘The Babe’ – slow roasted pork belly, pink lady apple, cabbage and dill slaw with crackling. Wow. I’ve been hooked ever since.
We’ve since been back many times and other highlights have included ‘The Sampson’ (pot roasted lamb shoulder with spicy harissa carrot salad, mint and labne) and the ‘St Brigid’ (roast free range chicken with fennel mustard mayonnaise and cos-slaw), both outstanding. The ciabatta rolls from Let’s-A-Loaf bakery are beautifully crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, and they come out warm! Heaven. The sandwiches come in two sizes but we always opt for the large!
Not to be outdone by the sandwiches, the cakes are also superb. I am yet to try the brioche donuts (the are only available on Saturdays and the only Saturday we’ve been in was the day before I was doing the 10km Run Melbourne so I decided against it), but I have had *several* of the pecan caramel sticky buns (brioche dough, brown sugar caramel, pecans and rum soaked sultanas) and have also tried the brownies, the real passionfruit chiffon cake and the milk chocolate, date caramel and almond cookie crust tart.
688 Queensberry Street (corner Lothian Street)
Open 8am – 4pm weekdays, 9am – 4pm weekends, closed Tuesdays