The Mist Factory, corner South Road/Duke Street, Braybrook.
There was a quite a buzz going on when Quan Viet opened in 2011 on the South Road shopping strip in Braybrook.
Quite rightly, too, as their Vietnamese tucker was very good.
Sadly, it closed quite some time ago now, replaced in the first instance by a generic-style noodle shop (I had a single, very mediocre meal there) and in the second instance by a new Vietnamese place, the quality of which we have yet to ascertain.
Happily, still on the strip – though currently undergoing renovations – is the home of Gerry’s Pittes.
Our 2012 story on Gerry’s continues to be read regularly, confirming these flatbreads’ cult status!
Now, in good news all-round but especially for Braybrook locals, the South Road shopping strip boasts its very own cool cafe.
I love the fit-out of The Mist Factory – there’s wood and enamelled chairs and stools; the vibe is elegant and simple.
(The name, BTW, comes from the “vape” business run by the same folks, with some of the products available down the back of the cafe.)
Having a hunch The Mist Factory would not be a serious lunch place, I did not soak muesli the previous night so am happy to step out for a rare breakfast engagement.
My breakfast ($12.50, from the handwritten list presented with printed menu – see below) is very nice.
The eggs are expertly scrambled and sprinkled with just right amount of dukkah.
There’s a bunch – so to speak – of lovely spinach under those eggs, while the sourdough toast is fine and the bacon of high quality.
For lunch or other non-breakfast times, there’s a range of filled Turkish rolls, panini, slices and cookies.
My two cafe lattes are good.
One of The Mist Factory crew, Peter, tells me it’s very early days for their cafe and that they consider the present situation pretty much “a soft opening”.
He hopes the place will become something of a late-night hang.