Braybrook Stn, Shop 23, 65-67 Ashley Street, Braybrook. Phone: 9005 1977
Central West shopping centre, perched on Ashley Street, has long seemed to struggle to build a character of its own.
Along with a couple of supermarkets, it has a variety of servicable traders.
But there often seems to be a revolving cast of empty shops, both in the centre proper and in the surrounding hub.
So even as the parking lot invariably seems quite full, there never seems to anything particularly memorable about the whole place.
And – until now – that has been true, too, for the food situation there.
But this fine new cafe is most worthy of being a food destination.
Apparently run by the same folks who operate a similarly titled establishment in Northcote, Braybrook Stn is offering casual cafe dining that is classy and affordable.
The menu (see below) runs through breakfast and lunch, with some dishes easily capable of doing duty as both.
Wasabi milk chicken soba noodles ($18, top photograph) are rather spectacular and delicious in every way.
If the “soba” nomenclature and pickle signal Japanese origins, the dish also sports something of a green curry vibe suggesting another Asian country.
There’s plentiful amounts of tender sliced chicken and broccolini in there, along with green onion, ginger and turmeric.
My suspicions about the wisdom of adding of poached egg to such a bowl are wiped out in dramatic fashion by the perfect “poachie”.
It all works and has nice-and-mild spice kick!
Orecchiette ($17) works just fine as a warm salad kind of dish.
The asparagus and broad beans are wonderful, with cherry toms providing random blasts of sweetness and contrast, with mint and chilli assisting.
It’s a very dry dish – with nary a trace of the menu-listed salsa verde – that is nonetheless a light delight.
My cafe latte is on the strong side and of the top grade.
According the joint’s Facebook page, Braybrook Stn is open on Thursday and Friday nights; it is also on Uber Eats.
Nice to meet CTS reader Viv and her pals, looking oh-so-chic despite lunching straight after their Sunday run.