I’m really enjoying the lunches that come with working southside this year, apart from the Toorak princesses in their monster truck 4WDs and their penchant for trying to kill cyclists like me. There’s more quality and variety around the Windsor area than I realised, which is very satisfying.
Last week I headed further south to eat some tahini heavy hummus and minced lamb at La Cafe on Nelson St Balaclava. I could keep eating this until I lapsed into a coma it’s so good. Slicing almonds and zesting lemons is another fan. They do excellent coffee too.
One day I devoured an amazing antipasti foccaccia at Neighbours cafe on Chapel St (also in Balaclava). Marinated mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, capsicum, fetta, onion, pesto and grilled cheddar. A sandwich with two kinds of cheese is my kind of sandwich! Neighbours looks like a former corner shop or lunch bar from the outside, but inside has a smallish front room, with counter and kitchen, and a large undercover rear section with garden. See a review by One equals two. More excellent coffee.
Finally, it was lovely to return to an old favourite, Borscht Vodka and Tears, where I have not been for years, to find it still charming. The ‘boho’ burger contains cevapcici and onions on Turkish bread and comes with pickles and optional fires. I’m not sure I’ve ever had coffee there before but it is impressive, possibly even as good as at Duke’s a few doors south.
All this is inspiring but confusing. I’m beginning to feel like I could live here (apart from the 4WD princesses).