Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Breakfast on Bridge: Raw Cafe

This morning before work I went out for breakfast with Synonymous and our friend Fei. We wanted to go to Flaunt on Bridge Road but the door informed us that "Irene has the flu"; so instead we continued wandering down the road and stumbled across Raw Cafe. Here we were warmly greeted by Darren, who has been the owner of Raw for 3 years and is one of those people who are just so suited to working in hospitality; very cheerful and charming and welcoming.

Raw has seating indoors and out; we sat outside as it was a beautiful, rare sunny morning today. After two great lattes (only $2.50!) we ordered from the extensive menu; Raw has all the the breaky usuals (Benedict, big breaky etc) as well as a full page of sandwiches to choose from, each of which is named after an AFL team. Synonymous had this...

"Richmond's greatest breaky roll" - soft roll with egg, bacon, tomato relish, cheese and lettuce, $6.90. Indeed, it was pretty great; the tangy, slightly spicy relish made it stand out from other breakfast rolls.

I had the "Vegi Breakfast", which did come with eggs but I was having one of those mornings where you don't really feel like you can stomach eggs, so I replaced them with bacon. A vegan option is also available (minus the hash browns and add extra veggies). The bacon was crispy, the mushrooms were earthy and smokey but one of the best things was the baked beans; when I read baked beans on the menu I just assumed Raw would deliver canned, store bought beans, as so many cafes do serve up for breakfast; so it was a lovely surprise to receive kidney and cannellini beans in a housemade, rich, tomatoey sauce.

Great service, lots of choices and good coffee - and at $15 for a big breakfast and a latte it's very reasonably priced.
Raw Cafe
382 Bridge Road, Richmond 3121
Ph: 9428 7012

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