The Brunch Diaries: Friends of Mine, Richmond
Megan McCarthy | On 20, Mar 2015
Friends of Mine is a large cafÃ© on the corner of Swan and Stawell Street visible by its bright yellow canopies draping over the outside of the old brick building.
The cafÃ© hosts warm and homely vibes, which is likely due to the antique decorations planted around the interior and the red and white bricks that line the walls.Â The cafÃ© is extremely spacious,Â which makes it a great spot for private events Â such as weddings and work functions.
The menu has both breakfast and lunch options, with highlights including Smashed Avocado withÂ thyme buttered mushrooms, marinated feta and torn basil, the decadent “Hung Over” includingÂ herb and cheesy toast, poached eggs, bacon and smashed avocado, and the dish I couldn’t go without tasting: Toasted Banana Bread withÂ maple syrup mascarpone, fresh banana, berry compote and pistachio ($14.90). My boyfriend decided to go with the Roast Pumpkin, pesto, ricotta, and caramelized onion toasted piadini with a side of “chunky chips” ($17.80).
My toasted banana bread arrived looking like somethingÂ my dentist or personal trainer would not want me to be eating. The banana bread was stacked high with layers of mascarpone and banana and was drizzled in a hefty amount of berry compote. Each biteÂ was delightful as the dish somehow managed to be sweet without going overboard, and I loved the crunch of the pistachios. I did find myself wishing that the banana bread was a bit more toasted, as I found it easily fell apart when I tried to grab my next bite.
My boyfriend’s piadini was nice and the flavours worked well, although we both found this nothing particularly unique enough to want to bring us back. We both agreed that he would have been better ordering off the breakfast portion of the menu, but we gaveÂ Friends of MineÂ kudosÂ on their crispy chunky chips and aioli.
Although the menu didn’t blow me away, the food was tasty and I feel as thoughÂ Friends of Mine is, as it suggests, a friendly place to come and enjoy a cup of coffee on the patio or read a book in the cozy inside.
Who: Friends of Mine
Where: 506 Swan Street, Richmond VIC
When: Â Mon-Fri 7am-4pm, Weekends 7:30am-4pm