Woven Cafe, 175b Stephen Street, Yarraville. Phone: 9973 5926
Since our first foray to Woven, I have returned for a sandwich and coffee.
Today, though, my visit has a more singular focus – I am responding the lure set by the joint’s Facebook page.
Some eateries really work their Facebook pages hard and well; others not so much.
Woven is definitely among the former, posting what seems like several times a day – muffins du jour, specials and often things a lot more whimsical.
So the shrimp po’ boy it is for me.
It makes me happy.
There’s a heap of delightfully well-cooked, tender and tasty prawns that work oh-so-well with the slaw and its dressing and the all-important pickle slices.
Liberally doused with the red of the two hot sauces brought to my table, it all tastes great.
Even in these days of hot-shot $10+ sandwiches, $19 is a steep asking price.
But given the quality of the ingredients and their preparation, and the hand-cut chips on the side, it’s also value for my money, I reckon.
My only quibble is with the bread.
Po’ boys are perennially described as being prepared using baguettes.
But in New Orleans terms what that means is a broad, pliable loaf that makes for an easily wielded two-handed sanger.
This excellent CBD place, for instance, sources bread of just the right kind from a Vietnamese baker.
Woven, by contrast, has used a genuine French-style baguette that is too dense and too narrow.
I don’t mind at all, as the bread is still good and I happily treat my meal as an open sandwich and use cutlery.
I doubt that this particular item will be a regular feature for Woven so a specific bread supplier is hardly warranted.
My cafe latte is excellent.
As I’d approached Woven for my lunch, it struck me what a boon it must be for the “local” locals, situated as it is away from hyper activity around the Anderson and Ballarat street intersection.
So I was surprised to find that on this Sunday lunchtime it was sparingly occupied, though several of the outside tables were taken.
If we lived on this side of the tracks, I’d be here near daily as I dig the place lots!
You can “like” the Woven Facebook page here.
My recent experience is the villagers of Y’ville want to walk everywhere but not too far and unfortunately according to them this end of Stephen Street is too far away from the action of Anderson Street and the Station. Hopefully this cafe will change their minds!