After perusing the stalls at the Rose St. Artists’ Market in Fitzroy and admiring the lovely handmade cards and jewellery, we wandered up the street to Grace Café for a bite of lunch. We were seated in a gorgeous sun-flooded nook but you also have the option of sitting out the back or under the verandah so you can marvel at the hipsters’ outfits as they walk by. The interior is cosy and encourages you to linger. Old book covers are used to enclose the menus, an antique dresser is employed as a waiter’s station, and bottles holding paper flowers decorate each table. When we were leaving, I noticed their amazing home-made cakes. I must pop in for cake and coffee next time I am in Fitzroy...
WHAT’S ON THE MENU?
· Mushroom and Spinach Eggs – baked eggs with mushroom and spinach, topped with parmesan cheese and served with toast ($15.00)
· Quark-filled Crepes – crepes filled with vanilla-sweetened organic quark and served with cream and berry coulis or lemon curd ($14.00)
· Smoked chicken bagel or sandwich with rocket, spring onion and mango chutney ($9.50)
· BRAT – Free range bacon, rocket, avocado and tomato served with mayo and chilli jam on sourdough ($12.00)
WHAT WE ATE...
I found their menu to be very tempting and was drawn to their ‘Kind Food’ section. I was craving something spicy so I chose the ‘Mexican-style Baked Beans – spiced beans served with avocado, tomato salsa, sour cream and cheesy toast and optional jalapeños on the side ($15.00)’. What a brilliant dish! The beans were full of flavour and the jalapeños brought the fire. The cheesy toast was a fabulous idea and they were definitely not stingy on the accompaniments. I managed to eat it all and love every minute of it...
My dining companion picked the ‘Homemade Sausage Rolls – two sausage rolls served with tomato sauce and a garden salad ($14.00)’. The sausage rolls were glossy and golden with a tasty filling and contained plenty of vegies. A tomato chutney perhaps may have elevated this dish.
WHAT WE DRANK...
If it was a hot day, I would have opted for the Moroccan Mint Tea ($5.00) or some Homemade Lemonade ($4.00). My latte ($3.50) made with Espresso Syndicate Coffee and Jonesy’s Milk was fabulous and creamy.
The service was very helpful and friendly.
Address: 76 Rose Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, VIC
Mon – Fri: 7.00am – 4.00pm
Sat – Sun: 8.00am – 5.00pm