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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

Food:

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!

Owners:
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.

 

Hellenic republic revisited

We went back…. After trying the breakfast at Hellenic over a year ago we had not been back.

But for my birthday this year Greg took me there as a treat … And it was really lovely.

We had simple fare, poached eggs with sides of sausage, bacon and chickpea and tomato stew with feta … The quality was really high and there was not a smear left on either plate.

Being a birthday something sweet was required and it did not disappoint … Greg and I shared a custard and filo roll … With the staff providing a piece of baklava with a candle for the occasion.

It was so nice we went back this weekend as well. Looks like it could be a new regular spot.

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Little Deer Tracks

A new cafe near our house, something to celebrate! And it is vegetarian, without parading it .. there are just no meat options on the menu.

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Maedaya japanese

Last week myself and the evil twin went to try Maedaya, 400 Bridge Rd Richmond, 9428 3918.

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