The Brunch Diaries: Touchwood CafÃ©, Richmond
Megan McCarthy | On 14, Dec 2014
â€˜Twas a hot and humid Sunday morning when my boyfriend and I headed out on our latest brunch venture, this time bringing us to Touchwood CafÃ© in Richmond.
I was surprised at the size of the cafÃ© when I entered; the inside of the cafÃ© is huge along with a spacious back courtyard with a garage-type ceiling keeping the area shaded, which I was particularly thankful for on this very hot day. We were seated immediately, likely a result of the large amount of seating available for patrons. We even lucked out by snagging a large private booth in the courtyard, which could have easily sat four people but it wasnâ€™t busy enough for us to feel like we were being insensitive to the other guests.
Our server was polite and friendly as she brought us our much needed coffees. I enjoyed my flat white but my boyfriend complained that his cappuccino was on the colder side. As we surveyed the menu I found a number of options that tickled my fancy; a Morning Grain Salad (with poached egg, might I add), Avocado Toast, House-made Muesli and Coconut Quinoa Porridge. The uniqueness of the porridge dish won me over, while my boyfriend ordered the Avocado Toast #1 (there are two on the menu).
Dusted with black seeds, nuts, flowers and thick coconut flakes, my porridge was a sight for sore eyes as well as delicious. The combination of fruits such as mango, nectarine, blueberries and strawberries worked fantastically with the bits of coconut and I loved the added texture of quinoa. I was happy this was a cold dish, as I would not have been able to handle a hot porridge on this 33 degree day. My boyfriendâ€™s Avocado Toast came with a side of beetroot relish, pickled red onion, burnt lime and coriander on top for a bit of a flavor kick. The mountain of smashed avo was plentiful and tasty, especially with all the sides complimenting one another. I really enjoyed this dish and I give Touchwood big time points for their creative twist on a pretty standard brunch dish.
I’m surprised I haven’t heard more about Touchwood,Â as the atmosphere and delicious food has made this one of our favourite brunch spots so far. It was also nice not having to wait forty five minutes for a table, like the big guns such as Tall TimberÂ andÂ Top Paddock.Â Check this place out fellow Melbournian brunch addicts- it was a serious highlight!
WhatÂ Touchwood CafÃ©
WhereÂ 480 Bridge Street, Richmond VIC
WhenÂ Weekdays 7am-4pm, Weekends 7:30am-4:30pm