Howdy y'all! Today I wanted to tell you about my new absolute favouritest cafe in all of Melbourne: Beatrix in North Melbourne.
688 Queensberry Street
North Melbourne VIC 3051
Ph: (03) 9090-7301
I finally made it to Beatrix a few weeks ago, after months and months of drooling over their Facebook page and Twitter account and reading my Twitter-buddies' enthusiastic tweets about the cafe. We went on a Sunday arvo, loved everything we ate, and promptly rounded up my parents to visit again the next weekend. They're a very small cafe, and there's usually been a bit of a wait when I've visited, even at non-peak times, but I've always felt it was worth waiting for. They have a rotating selection of handmade, beautiful old-fashioned cakes, and incredible ciabattas (ciabatte?) with creative and delicious fillings. The staff (especially the lovely owner/boss!) have always been super-friendly and helpful, even when they're full to the brim with customers. Totally love it!
Enough words: picture time! I won't be putting too many descriptions after the pictures because, well, how often do you need to read the words "OMG DELICIOUS!!"? Hehehe.
Here are the pics from our first visit...
|Cake selection - visit 1|
|Cake selection - visit 1|
|Ricotta and pistachio cannolli made with Pacdon Pork lard - $4|
|Latte - excellent|
|The Bay of Pigs - a toasted ciabatta, roast porchetta, Gamekeepers free range ham, Zuni-style zucchini pickle and melty fresh pecorino - $14.50|
|Double Pork Goodness|
|Mushroom Toastie - slow roasted mushrooms w/ smoked provolone & balsamic roquette - $12.00|
|Mushroom Toastie - so much delicious cheese...|
|Coconut cake, grapefruit chiffon, 2 x cannolli|
|Shagg - coconut buttercake, coconut buttercream & moist coconut flakes - $8 / slice|
|Grapefruit chiffon cake - "made with Michael & Amelia's backyard grapefruits" - $5 / slice|
And now some pics from our second visit - we managed to snag the table right in front of the cakes - yay! I always get distracted by the cake display, and seem to ignore the little fridge they have on the other side of the coffee machine with even more tempting treats (e.g. strawberry meringue roulades, lemon tarts and more). Next time I must, must remember to look at the fridge before I get too excited and order loads of sandwiches and cakes!
|Cake display - 2nd visit|
|El Guapo - Warialda Belted Galloway Beef brisket Tex-Mex style with chopped kidney beans, queso fresco and a little mexi-slaw - $15 for a large|
That was until this beauty of a sandwich was brought out...
|El Mariachi - Patatas Bravas in a roll with aioli, rocket, parsley and red pepper sauce - $11.50|
|Red velvet cake with white chocolate and cream cheese buttercream - $8.00|
|Whoopie pie - chocolate cake cookies filled with vanilla marshmallow buttercream - $5|
Once thing I've noticed with all their cakes is that they taste "real", as in they're made with high quality ingredients and flavourings, with no artificial essences or anything nasty like that. They also have lovely, well-balanced flavours - they're generously portioned but not overpoweringly rich or sugary.
So there you have it: Beatrix is awesome. What are you waiting for?