Brown Sugar Cafe

25 Block Pl, Melbourne VIC 3000

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It’s those places that you think looks nice but once you step inside and experience it, you feel that regret. The tiny lane that it was in was packed with individuals choosing between this café or that café. My boyfriend settled with this.

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It’s like sitting in a living room, because of all the wooden frames all on the wall as well as how cozy it felt inside. I was surprised at how well the wait staff can move freely about around the tables.

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I’ll start writing about how it went downhill from here. A new staff waiter who was still in his trial period, came to serve us. He was nice and but had lacked the skills to remember, basic rule if you cannot remember repeat what the customers had ordered or write it down.  Another bad sign was that once we had ordered, he had forgotten to take our menu, which indicated to another wait staff that maybe we had not ordered yet. He got my boyfriend’s one right, after about 10 minutes or less his came out.

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His: Soup of the Day: Moroccan Lentils – He said that it was great, had the right amount of spices.

We had to ask another staff where my pancakes were, and we found out that it wasn’t written down. Had to wait all together close to 30 minutes, by then I was furious because a wait staff came out with it but went to another table with it. He took it back to the kitchen and I had to tell him it was mine.

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Mine: Vanilla Pancake $14.50 – the pancake was not as good as I imagined it would be. It was dry in the inside, though the toppings (strawberry compote and maple syrup) did help add sweetness to it.

At the end my boyfriend expressed our frustration, and one of the wait staff was kind enough to not bill the pancake. It really does tarnish one’s experience when things are not done efficiently, I’m sure the place is beautiful on most days but I guess I was unlucky.

RATE: 2/5

Gelato Messina

279 Church St, Parramatta NSW 2150

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I can never get enough of Messina gelatos! I’m better sure most Australians would agree with me on that. I think after having weeks and weeks of intense study, I like to treat myself once in a while. & what’s a better way, than having a scoop of Messina.

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The range of flavours are also a treat, from your ordinary flavours like chocolate to tiramisu.

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I got myself a scoop of ‘pannacotta with fig jam and amaretti’ which tasted amazing, though I don’t know if it’s the fig jam, but that bit tasted like a medicine I once had. My boyfriend got two scoops, on was ‘dulce de leche’ and the other was the ‘gianuia bianca’. I forgot which flavour it was, but one tasted exactly like ferrero rocher!

RATE: 4/5

Coolabah Tree Cafe

Caltex, Hume Hwy Service Centre & 1715 Yass Valley Way, Yass

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En route to my mini Canberra trip, well anytime I would go visit the ACT, we always stop here for a quick morning feed before we reach our destination. The reason being, that it’s conveniently located close to a Caltex gas station haha.

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When you step inside you’ll see soo many chairs and tables, like I can never imagine this place being overwhelmed with individuals, ever. It’s a good pit stop to buy a quick breakfast or if you forgot some winter gear, they some some in stock.

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Mine: I think it was a lettuce, egg, mayo sandwich. I don’t like hearty breakfasts, so I opted for this. 

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His: Bacon, eggs, sausages $14.20 

It always reminders me of a large cafeteria. There’s really not much healthy options, mostly burgers, chips and other fried, oily things that I’m not very fond of. But since there’s not much options on the Hume Highway, I have to eat here.

RATE: 2/5

Kingswood Coffee

10/680 George Street, Sydney NSW 2000

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Nowadays I would visit this coffee place once in a blue moon, because previously I would visit this place religiously during my break. & the reason being was my cravings for this:

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Remember that cronut craze? I don’t know if it’s just as popular as it was before. But believe me, when I say that this is the best I’ve tasted. Its taste is delicately sweet, once you bite into it there is no turning back (unless of you want to get more). The top may look similar to a Krispy Kreme doughnut, hell no, it’s just on another level. It’s not too sweet and it blends well with the pastry. Gulp this down with their organic hot chocolate, and you’re in heaven.

RATE 5/5

Ristretto & Co

156 Northumberland Street, Liverpool NSW 2170

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I’ve eaten at this cafe twice already, this blog shows the first time I’ve eaten here. It’s one of those cafes where you have to go searching for a bit (not really), it’s just cause it’s squished in a little corner. It looks like a small shop from the outside… once you’re inside, it’s like stepping into a small picnic area.

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The backyard, picnic feel of the place made me nostalgic of the times I entered those types of houses that had a lot of wooden furnitures and a vegetable garden in the back. But most of all, it was very homely. It’s a lovely place to hang, catch-up with the boys and/or girls and take in the soft rays of the sun.

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Tuna Salad $13 – Mixing the poached egg with the green beans, tomato, baked corn, sicilian olives, avocado and brown rice… was *drool*

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His: Chicken Cotoleta Panini $11 – Truss tomato, rocket, provolone & pesto mayo sandwiched in sourdough.

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Hers: Roasted Beetroot $12 – I loved the sweetness of the pumpkin, combined with sweet potato, green beans, fetta and the bold feel of the walnuts, was long-lasting throughout the whole day. 

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Orange Juice $5 – I’ve gotten this twice, like the first time I came and the second time. The reason why was because it was fresh as fudge! 

The price was exceptionally affordable, like seriously the dishes qualify for a higher price since the quality was beautiful. Eating at a place like this made the drive there worthwhile.

RATE: 4/5

Caffe Cherry Beans

Kiosk 3122, Macquarie Shopping Centre Cnr Herrying & Waterloo Rd NSW 2113 

The best thing to do before shopping is… eating!

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Service: 

Was quick and efficient, though sadly they got my coffee size order wrong.

Interior: 

It’s set inside a shopping mall, so they could only occupy a corner of the level they were on. It was cute though, because they had tables for two, four and a long table that had light bulbs hanging above.

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Menu:

I love cafes that have ALL DAY BREAKFAST. It can never get old for me. The price range is great for the value you get, ranges from about $6 – $20. Offering salads, burgers, sandwiches and again… all day breakfast menu haha!

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Orders:

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His: Club sandwich with Salad $15.50 – grilled bacon rashers, grilled checken breast, fried egg, leg ham, lettuce, tomato, spanish onion, cheesy in between white bread and topped with aioli sauce. 

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Hers: Croissant $6.90 – I opted for a classic cheese and tomato croissant. 

Opinion:

Besides getting my coffee order wrong, it is a good feed before doing some christmas shopping and the delivery time was quick! I love being fed on time haha.

RATE: 3/5

Circa

21 Wentworth St, Parramatta NSW 2150

Been here twice, and has never failed my taste buds yet! Took my partner along so he may try it out, the cafe also impressed him. We came by on a Saturday morning and we found the place already buzzing with customers. So we sat outside, only for a little while because it was too damn cold! When a table was freed up we sat warmly inside.

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Their menu ranges from $9 – $17. I love eating at this cafe because of it’s fresh produce as well as vegan options available. When you step inside once was a small garage, it is now filled with convenient wood tables and chairs, graffiti and other wooden fixtures inside. It’s very squishy inside, but since it’s Winter the more people the warmer haha! 

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African Red Hot Chocolate $4.5  Started myself off with some warm African grown cocoa beans(hint of fruits) in soy milk. 

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His: Avocado, fetta, ricotta & green pea smash with a hint of chili went perfectly well with the cherry tomatoes that were devilishly slow roasted giving the plate a fresh feel. Panache of salad was also dressed with lemon oil. $15

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Mine: Poached rhubarb, mascarpone labne, cinnamon, berries and crushed pistachio gave this french toast a two thumbs up from me! Not too overly sweet, but just enough to satisfy my early morning sweet tooth. $14

I absolutely adore this cafe, would keep coming back to try out every item on their menu. Plus, it’s so comfortably close to Parramatta station!

RATE: 4/5