The coffee/food joint on the ground floor of Media House, on the corner of Spencer and Collins streets, is called Espresso Hub.
Some of my new colleagues – some of whom are also old colleagues – are unstinting in their negativity in assessing the food available there.
But today I had a sensational rice salad – herbs, cashews, peas, red onion. Gosh, it was yummo.
But my large serve of salad came with another – spinach leaves, pumpkin, beetroot, bocconcini, roast capsicum – that was nowhere near as good.
Worse, I wasn’t paying too much attention, so failed to notice that my server placed the salads one on top of the other – instead of side by side.
Sheesh! Why would anyone do that?
The coffee however is barely OK and I will be seeking a worthy alternative.
Across the road, Purple Peanuts Japanese Cafe is crazy crammed each and every lunchtime so I have yet to give it a go.
The dark, cool laneway it is part of has a couple of cafes, an interesting looking F&C place, an old-school barber who has already shorn my copious locks.
And a divey looking Chinese place called Wonderful Garden that boasts it has “The best Chinese food in town”.
I wonder if it’s true?
In Southern Cross Station, there’s Mad Mex, which I have tried - Guzman Y Gomez Mexican Taqueria at Highpoint is better.