On a cold, winter morning, where the rain seems endless, you want something hearty, filling, and possibly very unhealthy to make you feel better. All of this can be found at Devon Cafe, located on the ‘other end’ of Devonshire Street (not the Bourke Street Bakery end), almost at the intersection with Chalmers Street. Don’t be deceived when you walk in and see the window bar seating as well as the long table all full – follow the corridor on the right to reveal some cleverly designed covered courtyard seating, and even the garage out the back made use of! Strategic warm heaters placed around the courtyard are also a bonus.
The lovely ladies K., B., and I were a bit stunned by the awesomeness of the menu that it literally took us ages to decide. This is exactly the kind of cafe I’ve been looking for – something that has breakfast with a twist, something that is slightly different to the usual big breakfast and eggs benedict (not that I don’t enjoy those things either!). K. decided she just had to have bacon, which is only available as a side ($4), so I suggested that it would probably go best with the Bruschetta ($10) – avocado, Meredith goat’s feta and pickled beetroot. I’m alway so amazed at the bright colours of picked vegetables, something I also picked up on at Something for Jess in Chippendale. B. went for the generously portioned Two Chicks in Basque ($14) – baked eggs, piperade, pistou and sourdough toast. Let’s just take a moment to ‘naw’ at the cute names for some of these dishes! Also on the menu were ‘My Asian Cousin’ and ‘Breakfast of Champion’. From the way B. devoured that bowl of eggs and piperade (a stew of bell peppers) it must’ve been good, and the lovely sourdough is there either to dip into the thick sauce or to soak up the left overs after the eggs are gone. This was seriously a hearty meal, very filling and perfect for winter.
Even though I usually prefer something savoury for breakfast, my curiosity of the Little Lost Bread ($16) got the better of me…with French toast, roasted banana, Nutella, jam and some peanut brittle, this is normally the stuff I got for in a dessert, and since I’ve been having breakfast for lunch the past few days – why not have dessert for breakfast? Boy, was I blown away! What the what! Yes, you’re probably eating the most unhealthy thing on the menu but every bite is a bit of a foodgasm. There’s that soft-on-the-inside-but-crunchy-on-the-outside brioche, the banana is grilled to perfect tenderness, the chopped peanuts (or do I taste some peanut brittle in there?) added the perfect amount of crunch, and the Nutella is tactfully placed under the bread so you get a little bit with each bite. Seriously – if you like your sweet food and can handle it for breakfast, you must have this PB&J brioche French toast.
As you walk out of Devon Cafe – why not pick up some of the goodies available on the counter? Those muffins look like they have Nutella slathered on top, the macarons look suspiciously like MakMak macarons and the croissants look fresh out of the oven. Why not, I say, why not!