Harold Holt – out of the drink

By pure chance I discovered that there is a new kid on the block (notice hipster 90s reference) whilst out walking one lunch last week.

The Harold Holt Espresso Bar has been open for 6 weeks now, taking over from the old Boat Restaurant.

First test was the purchase a coffee … there is some stiff competition in the area and I was hopeful it would work out well … mostly as it is about a half block walk from work.

I was advised by Todd, the barista, that the blend was from Zest and was a mixed blend with a slightly acidic edge, rather than single origin. They use A2 milk which was good news for me also.

Toby was right, the coffee was on the bitter side in taste with a definite acidic edge.

So, decent coffee = tick

Next trip will be for breakfast, which I take very very seriously.  I will report back.

You can read about the cafe on their Facebook Page www.facebook.com/haroldholtespressolounge

One item of note: It looks like the new owners have taken over the old Facebook page and also Twitter account, there are reviews from before the Harold Holt had a soft launch in June, there are tweets under the Tweitter account BoatRestaurant that are the same as are posted on the Harold Holt Facebook page … and the old Boat Website is still up and running. Does make me wonder whether there are truly new owners or this is a re-brand … will investigate.


Update: 21/08/13


Harold Holt Espresso Bar
The Toastie

First food tasting this morning … the chef very kindly made me a traditional toastie off menu and to my specs … it is everything you would want, buttery bread, good quality ham and cheese (but not too overpowering). This will see me through to lunch, although a gym session might be needed at some point, this is not a low fat option!

I have been assured that the owners are new and there is no re-branding occurring and they are the same owners of the popular Kew Cafe Percy’s Aeroplane, read the reviews here.


North Cafe

Oh yes, another Melbourne cafe….but this one is a nice change…the Decaf coffee is good ( very hard to find) and I did not get a sneer when I asked for it.

They serve a small-ish menu of straigh forward breakfast food, which looked great as it went past us to other tables when deciding.

My eye was caught by the Rueben Sandwich, something I had not seen on a menu around Melbourne before.

I decided to try it, I do love the sauerkraut!! Even if it made me ill when I was in Prague…had to get used to all that Vinegar and dumplings.

Continue reading “North Cafe”

Jackson Dodds…..there is hope at our end of town!

Having moved to the north of Coburg not long ago, I have been missing the ability to walk to a nice cafe that we had in Kew.

We have been travelling as far as we need to to find decent coffee and food for brekky on the weekends and were very excited to hear of Jackson Dodds….just across the creek!

We finally found the place, if you are driving by it can be hard to spot with the end of the tram line just in front….but happily found a park and headed in to sample.

Ordering coffee we settled in to read the menu, there are the usual eggs etc but with some nice alternatives including Pea and Haloumi fritters….which I ordered.

The coffee took a while to arrive, although I think that had more to do with staff not being on deck at the time.

The food was faster and mine was lovely and exactly as I thought…I had ordered a side of scrambled egg and this was cooked perfectly.

My brekky partner had eggs and sausage, with the sausage looking a little sorry for itself on the plate, not the usual fat ones you see at most places. They tasted good on all accounts though and there was silence as we worked our way through our meals.

The people sharing the space were a mix of locals there for take away coffee and bacon + egg rolls and families enjoying some time out…..the number of prams at that time of morning was a good sign we were right to go early, it could get hectic at full capacity + children.

With the weather warming up the outside tables will be a nice place to read the paper.

A great addition to the area and I look forward to making it more of a habit in the future.

Here is the review in The Age.

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