Pod @ Post Industrial Design, 638 Barkly Street, Footscray. Phone: 0400 193 038
It’s taken Consider The Sauce a while to get around to writing about Pod, a preview story aside and a newsy item on the kitchen’s gallery of vintage Melbourne menus.
Truth is, since it opened, Pod has become one of our regular stops.
Most often for always excellent coffee.
Sometimes for a sweet treat, as well – including a preposterously orgasmic choc cake Bennie and I shared a few months back.
More substantial Pod fare has been had less often, but today is definitely the right time for lunch.
Saturday, early spring gloriousness, the staff not run off their feet and a jazz combo doing their best Sonny Rollins in the window.
I don’t have to make myself right at home because it already has that sort of feel about it.
I know not about the breakfast line-up here, but when it comes to lunches – and this has been noted elsewhere – the lovely food Jess is sending out from the kitchen is beautiful and delicious but decidedly not of the cafe heartiness variety.
But while the serves seem far from gargantuan, the quality is unmistakable – besides, it’s a light lunch I’m after.
My warm salad of roasted seasonal vegetables is perfect in every way.
The superb potato, red onion, carrot, fennel and beetroot speak in magic tongues with the parsley, plentiful pine nuts and goats cheese.
Worth every cent of the $16.50 I have paid for it.
There’s some very cool symbiosis going on between Pod and P.I.D.
The latter’s Mary tells me that in terms of buzz and customers, the results are most definitely greater than the sum of two parts.
I have reproduced below the current breakfast and lunch menus, but Fiona tells me they’ll be changing in a few weeks.
My $3.50 cafe latte, too, is perfect.