Third Wave Cafe, 189 Rouse St, Port Melbourne. Phone: 9676 2399
In the normal course of events, that may’ve been the end of it – Third Wave being close-by but nevertheless a little out of our normal way, over in Port Melbourne – until next time, someday, maybe, never.
Except for one thing – the Russian salad with chicken and bread mentioned in that story stuck in my mind.
So when gleefully debating the subject of location for catch-up with Catty from Fresh Bread, this seems like a natural spot midway between her South Melbourne base and ours in Yarraville.
I’m awful keen to try that Russian salad and I reckon Bennie’ll love those blintzes, especially after I describe them to him as being like “bolognese wrapped in pancakes”.
Catty, too, is sufficiently intrigued and up for it.
Unfortunately, in the interim months the prices have risen by a not insignificant amount.
They’re not now exorbitant at all, but we feel bound to have our opinions of our lunch choices coloured by them.
Bennie’s meat blintzes – the ones I had for $16.50 but which now cost $17.90 – struggle to impress him, though I suspect some of his apathy is induced by the eye-rolling tedium of having to listen to his two adult companions bang on about stupid blogger stuff.
He eats it all anyway, sour cream, everything.
Catty likes her mushroom blintzes well enough – though they’re heavy on the cream – but seems a little underwhelmed.
My Russian salad is rather good – quite a good-size serving and much less heavy on the dressing than I expected, to the extent it is quite a crumbly mixture.
The chicken is tasty mixed in among the regulation peas, carrot, pickled cucumber, eggs and potato.
But the “artisan bread” turns out to be two very meager semi-slices.
This perhaps would’ve been all good and well at the old price of $13 – but at the tag of $14.90 it’s seeming a bit of a stretch.
Look, it’s not often we talk about prices at any length here at Consider The Sauce.
We generally either cop them or not.
And it gives us no pleasure to be discussing them right here, as it’s obvious the Third Wave Cafe really are into their food and coffee and no doubt instituted these changes because they felt they had no choice.
But to us, they have indeed changed our perspective – a few dollars here and there has made a difference.
Out three light meals, a coffee and a hot chocolate see us paying a bill of $59.30.
I dug the hell out of talking blogger shop with Catty, though!