Phat Milk, 208 Mt Alexander Road, Travancore. Phone: 9376 6643
The FB message from good mate, former colleague and occasional Consider The Sauce lurker Lee was simple: “G‘day, our local cafe – Phat Milk – has ramped up its game and is worthy of a visit from CTS. I’ll even pay!”
And so it is that I venture to Mount Alexander road for a classic, enjoyable catch-up and a fine early lunch/brunch.
I’d noticed a cafe at this end of Mount Alexander Road just in passing on previous visits in the vicinity – usually to grab some biscotti and the like from Pace Biscuits.
Lee tells me the current crew has been on site for about two years and that he and his family have become very happy first-name regulars.
I love our brief time together, swapping tales of our current exploits in the journalism game; that game’s sometimes inexplicable twists and turns; the much-loved, good, bad and utterly indifferent of our various mutual acquaintances; our respective families and children; and food ‘n’ coffee doings in the inner west, especially over their way in Kensington and Moonee Ponds.
And I love the place.
And the food.
And the coffee.
Phat Milk’s front portion is all typical Melbourne inner-city cafe, with wraps and various other goodies on display.
Up and along a few hallways is a nice backroom, where we make ourselves at home, and an adjoining garden space with seating.
I’m intrigued and excited to take note of a pronounced Middle-Eastern slant in the breakfast and lunch menus, and waste no time in going in that direction when ordering.
Middle Eastern breakfast of grilled zaatar, poached eggs, beetroot relish, falafel and hummus is terrific.
The falafels are big, soft and crumbly. The chick pea dip is fresh. And all of it works really well together.
Lee goes for the purple carrot and sweet potato latke with blueberry cured salmon, quark cheese (see wikipedia entry here) and poached egg.
His latke tastes good and funky to me, and that house-cured salmon has me making a mental note: “That’s for me next time!”
And get this – for food so lovingly prepared and presented that is so very lovely to consume, we have paid $15 (me) and $17 (him).
My cafe latte is perfect.
Thanks, Lee, for the company and the hot tip.
My shout next time, when I’ll be sure to bring that Mark Twain foodie book for you.
(The above menu pic will be replaced at the first available opportunity!)