Third Wave Cafe, 189 Rouse St, Port Melbourne. Phone: 9676 2399
Third Wave Cafe is a rather chic and appealing establishment a few blocks from the bustle of Bay St.
A casual glance may convey the impression this is just another nondescript inner-city cafe catering to workers of various kinds before, during and after their various employments.
Look just a little closer, though, and its apparent there’s a level of care and passion going on here – it’s in the various signs and it’s in the menu.
They’re serious about their coffee, they have a seriously good-looking line-up of paninis and – best of all – they have an interesting array of Russian dishes on offer.
I’ve been aware of this joint’s existence for a while, but have been in no great hurry to check it out.
But it scored a mention when I asked this blog’s Facebook buddies for suggestions of places to go for non-traditional breakfasting that goes beyond eggs-with-the-lot.
Breakfast is already done for today, but as Third Wave Cafe lies midway between a stimulating visit to Booktalk Cafe in Richmond and home, lunch is definitely on.
After I place my order, I feel a pang of regret as a couple of plates of Russian salad go passing by.
With the usual ingredients plus chicken and served with “artisan bread”, this looks seriously good for $13.
But my deal is done – meat blintzes ($16.50) it is.
These look a little on the small side for the price, but I have a hunch that impression is going to prove deceptive and they’re going to reveal themselves as filling, if not hearty.
A bit like the looks of roti with curry at so many Malaysian eateries can slyly look skimpy!
This is a really lovely lunch.
The blintzes and their filling are quite refined but at the same time quite filling.
The beef/pork mince is studded with very finely chopped onion and carrot.
The occasional whiff from the dill garnish and restrained dabs of the accompanying sour cream help every mouthful be an utter joy.
When my waitress asks how my lunch was, I truthfully and without hesitation say: “It was packed with awesomeness!”
The Third Wave blintzes also come in caviar, mushroom and cheese flavours, while other Russian items on the menu include borscht ($13.50), pelmeni (dumplings), syrniki (savoury pancakes, $14.50) and marinated shashlik ($20).
A Russian Sampler Plate of Russian salad, two types of blintzes (excluding caviar), meat dumplings and potato and mushroom torte costs $26.
I want to try everything … by the end of the week.
My cafe latte is pricey at $3.80 but very good.
The Third Wave Cafe website, including full menu rundown, is here.