Third Wave Cafe (Guest Post)

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As Yoda himself would agree, you find proteges within the most unexpected people and in the most unexpected manners. Who would have thought that a little Russian themed cafe within Melbourne would bring about the first guest post (if we discount that post when I pretended to be a double-decker bus), from no one other than…

…Daniel. This post is all his yet vetted and slightly changed in bits by me (so I make it sound like a story) and the crazy monkeys living inside my skull (they demand tribute).

As Daniel and Josh arrived early in the ungodly hours of the morning (something that would most likely not have happened had I been there), a lone barista was holding the fort. Paul, who was apparently incredibly lovely and efficient, was manning the Russian themed cafe. The inspiration seems to be from the fact that the owner is from Belarus and his wife from Latvia.

The barista, Paul, a bundle of information and joy, took orders on a special tablet instead of a tatty, old notepad and old pen, making Daniel feel old yet not quite outdated yet. Deep down inside, we know technology is just a fad and that those old things are the ones you can rely on.
The cafe had a good, quiet buzz about it that gradually grew across our breakfast as more people came and the crowd built…It got progressively busier…The music wasn’t distracting and provided great background ambiance…The crowd was a mix of old and young, and not exclusively gay, as it has been in its previous cafe guises…
The decor was very stock standard for a cafe, and it really looked like a standard cafe…That’s fine, but as Josh commented, it didn’t connect with the Russian-inspired theme of the cafe…The only thing that was Russian-inspired (“very Soviet”) is the wallpaper you see in the photo, and the menu (I like that they have a Russian Sampler plate to try all the different bits)…
Menu was easy to follow and catered for everyone (see GF, VEG, etc)…The only feedback would be: why not have a little more about the cafe, owners and its evolution, as well as re-thinking mixing in “RUS” as a diet option amidst VEGAN, VEG and GF…
Josh says his skinny cap was spot on and what he’d expect from any coffee place in Melbourne, so thumbs up there.I had an English breakfast tea and it was perfectly brewed, not over-brewed as tea can be at cafes where they focus more on the art of coffee…(a hate crime aimed at tea-drinkers everywhere).
Water was replaced towards the end of a bottle rather than when empty.
We tried two dishes:
1. Spicy Ratatouille Baked Eggs (GF) – no movie, no cute little rats were working in the kitchen as far as we could tell…(I’m sure the Health Department is happy about that)…The eggplant and zucchini surprisingly balanced the spicy flavours; I expected spicier…Josh remarked that it was perfectly balanced as Middle Eastern spices can often overwhelm, yet they didn’t overload this dish (he grew up in the Middle East)…The menu says that they are addictive and I have to admit I would come back for this dish…
2. Big Breakfast for the hungry soul (GF) – the little eggs were poached in little bags and looked very cute on the GF toast…The tomato was very sweet…The bacon was a little dry but only a minor distraction from everything else on the plate…The chorizo was soft and subtle (usually chorizo is well-cooked and very strong in flavour, this was pleasantly subtle and combined with the other flavours, rather than dominating it)…
Disclaimer: This breakfast was kindly sponsored by the restaurant. However, we do know that no one can buy Daniel Witthaus’ opinions (except with copious amounts of sugarless banana cake, and there’s only one chef who masters that recipe, ahem).
Grade: Sainthood

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