CTS Feast No.10: Brunch at Phat Milk, 208 Mt Alexander Road, Travancore. Phone: 9376 6643. Sunday, November 9, from 11am.
How good and enjoyable was this CTS Feast?
Well, for purely selfish reasons, I’d have to proclaim: “It was the best!”
You see, not only was this the first Feast in held in daylight hours and the first hosted by a cafe, it was also the smallest … well, OK the smallest since the very beginnings of the CTS Feast tradition.
And I know full well that organising and hosting a small number of people is significantly easier and less stressful than hosting a big bunch.
In this case, too, Bennie and I knew about half the guests already and enjoyed the heck out of getting to know those we didn’t.
As we arrived, the Phat Milk crew seemed to be embroiled in a frantic breakfast/brunch rush … but things soon seemed to settled down, and the timing of our massed arrival ended up seeming quite good.
Shaun, our main server, Rose, and the rest of the staff looked after us supremely well.
As our brunch unfolded and the conversations ebbed and flowed, I realised that on top of all the many pluses of the CTS Feasts, they also provide a simply lovely and easy way for likeminded folks to mix and mingle and make new friends in a way that isn’t always that easy in other social settings.
So I was thrilled to see three guests – who had only met for the first time an hour or so earlier – swap details as the event wound down.
And Bennie and I even snagged – and feel very privileged to have done so – an invite for a homecooked Indian meal in Seddon from a lovely couple of regular CTS readers attending their first CTS event.
So many, many thanks to Alice, Nelio, Ankitha and Raj, Shamaila, Amanda, Chiara, Lisa, Julian and Christine for making this a wonderful occasion.
I thought it was outstanding.
As on a previous visit, I went for the purple carrot and sweet potato latke with blueberry-cured salmon, quark and a poached egg.
It was a lot more filling than it looks here!
Most others also chose from the breakfast menu, with table’s dishes including …
… a cauliflower omelette and …
… baked eggs, as well as …
… your more traditional, custom-selected breakfast fare.
(Swamp Thing? Gee, I wonder whose meal that could be?)
Only two of us chose from the blackboard lunch menu (see below).
The entire CTS party “oohed” and “aahed” when Ankitha’s salt-and-pepper soft shell crab burger (pictured at top) arrived, while Raj’s garlic-and-thyme chicken cous cous salad also looked mighty fine.
Obviously, this event was a co-promotion between Phat Milk and CTS … but I really do dig this one-of-a-kind establishment and the people who run it.
They offer not just great food but also twinkle-eyed personality to go with it.
That latke sounds pretty interesting!