Been to this local cafe in Seddon once before, with Tic Tac and Dee, so this is my second time here – it was a Saturday morning, and my sister Amy and I decided to take Mum and baby Jerry out for a decent coffee...and we might as well have brunch too, right?
Mum rarely dines out, and when she does, she’s VERY picky with non-asian foods. Her coffee experience is limited to McCafe...but she was ever so impressed when I showed her my photographs of various latte/cappuccino arts I’ve collected over the years, so I needed to take her out to have a good coffee.
It wasn’t easy picking a place to take her, because she’s not keen on waiting...and many of the decent brunch spots would be packed on any given Saturday morning, at 10.30am. I decided to drive into Seddon, and Common Galaxia didn’t look too busy this morning. We were seated straight away on stools facing Victoria St, which was probably good, because it gave Jerry an ever changing street view, to keep him distracted. Not that it helped much, as (like any 2 year old) he was only interested in throwing his Shrek doll at the unsuspecting patrons waiting nearby for their take-away coffee orders. Oh dear.
Latte (Seven Seeds)
Skinny Cap (Seven Seeds)
The coffees were not bad, but a tad too milky on this occasion. I’d have preferred it more potent. I’m a huge fan of Proud Mary’s coffee, but on this occasion we had the house blend.
Avocado on pumpkin toast w chickpeas, pomegranate gems, chevre, pistachios & radish, and bacon
Poached eggs on Sourdough Kitchen pumpkin bread w avocado
Sausage, cherry tomato, croutons, poached egg
I was happy with my simple dish of poached eggs and avocado; the eggs were nice and runny (the way it should be). Jerry absolutely loved the pumpkin sourdough – especially the crust. Mum didn’t really enjoy any of the dishes, but I think it’s a lost cause.
My sister Amy’s sausage (I couldn't remember the full details of this dish - apologies!) was not too bad either, although not exceptional.
Might as well post up what the girls and I ordered on our previous visit:
Baked eggs with wild mushroom duxelles, L’Artisan Fermier, walnut skordala & watercres puree
Pikelets w apple curd, rhubarb & vanilla bean dulce de leche
Baked eggs with warialda beef chorizo, roasted peppers, passata w chili, coriander & yoghurt
SMORREBROD : Warialda rare roasted mountain pepper beef w horseradish, crispy onion rings, mustard & beetroot chips
Their menu includes Smørrebrød, which typically consist of a piece of buttered rye bread, with toppings of cold cuts, pieces of meats or fish, cheese and spreads. We tried the beef option, but from what I can recall the most exciting thing about it was the beetroot chips. I remember both our baked egg dishes being too rich and heavy – too much cheese (if that’s possible).
Overall, I think this is a nice cafe to go to for brunch, on a quiet Saturday morning. I probably wouldn’t wait in line for too long to try and get in (there are so many good cafes in Seddon, on this same block). The decor is cool. Coffee is not bad. Food is decent. While the menu is certainly interesting and exciting – it has more than just your standard bacon and eggs – delivery may need just that bit of a tweak, to turn the dishes from pleasantly tasty to divinely delicious, to compete with the likes of The Duchess.
Ratings (based on my own experience, on this occasion):
Food – 6 ½/ 10
Service – 6 ½ / 10
Value for money – 6 ½ / 10
OVERALL CONSENSUS: 3 bags (out of 5)