Brother Nancy escaped my radar right up to and past Erika’s marshmallow story.
Lately, though, it has become for me a very good road coffee alternative to my usual haunts – I love it that parking is such a breeze.
Today is just right for a Brother Nancy lunch.
I’ve been driving around somewhat aimlessly – to Sunshine and back, for gosh sake – without fixing on an eats decision.
You know what?
I realise that while driving I had been far from idle – I’ve actually been working on a blog post.
I suspect I’m far, far from alone in being a writer who, by the time I front the keyboard, has the whole story virtually complete “in my head”.
Anyway, now it’s time for lunch.
I love the Brother Nancy space and vibe.
And I love the menu – with its Francophile outlook, it has really strong and laudable points of difference with all other inner-west cafes.
My crisp polenta chick pea and warm vegetable salad ($13) is a pearler that eats every bit as good as it looks.
The chick peas are superb in their tomatoey sauce.
The plump polenta patty is crisp only on the exterior – inside it’s delicate, steaming and wonderfully homely.
All the bits and pieces are good, too, including peeled baby tomatoes!
Though the shaved fennel adds nothing by way of flavour.