Thursday, April 16, 2009

Seddon Deadly Sins

148 Victoria Street
03 9689 3092

An old fav!! Used to come to Seddon Deadly Sins once a week on the way to New Mothers Gym. Who remembers the new mothers gym at Footscray swimming centre?? Wasn’t it fantastic. Somewhere to exercise with your babe by your side. But I digress!
Going into this local after an absence of lets say a couple of years I wondered if there had been any changes. On first impression all seemed pretty much the same. R and I walked straight out the back into what has to be the best courtyard in S.K.Y. An inner city courtyard on a beautiful day with church bells ringing, grape vines hanging and the sun shining through the tips of the big trees. The walls are painted in that colour that makes you feel you are on the mediteranean, possibly Greece. Are you there yet?
What a lovely atmosphere to have your brekky in. But this is just one of the spaces where you can eat at Seddon Deadly Sins. If you walk your way back to the front of the shop, you have to walk through the fire place room. Another great space particulary in winter with the fire going. Very cosy. The front of the shop is where you sit and watch the traffic go by, pedestrian and car. It’s also where from a tiny space Simon and his staff administer the café fare. The great music that plays through out the café sets the scene.

(Upstairs in the Good Room)

The staff at Seddon Deadly Sins is consistently excellent. Simon (owner) and Partner (do you know his name R) (No, sorry M, but I'll get on it) is always there. I don’t think I have been there and he was not there. That is how to run a business! As soon as you reach a table you are handed a menu . I love the way the menu is presented. (Hadn’t seen that before) Menus in Little Golden Books! How Clever! How Cute!
Our drinks order is taken straight away while we peruse the menu. The first thing I noticed was that there is weekday menu and a weekend menu. Is this a good or a bad thing? I’m not sure! As I was able to order what I wanted (and we all know what I had to order, yes that’s right, poached runny eggs, tomato, spinach and mushrooms) it did not effect me. But if you had come for pancakes, sorry you would have to wait till Saturday. Mmmmmmmmmmm. Another Brekky staple missing off both the weekday and weekend menu, was porridge. Is that sacrilege?? My daughter thinks so!!
Serving Tea! R and I have discussed and pretty much agree that we do need to do a segment on the serving of tea. How should it be served, what sort of cup, what sort of Pot. How should the milk be served? Don’t know that I have found the perfect cup of tea yet , but will keep searching.
On arrival my breakfast is pretty much stock standard, but I would have to say that it probably had too much seasoning on it. The most annoying thing is, and Seddon Deadly Sins is not the only guilty party, hard butter. How are you to spread it on your toast?
The fare is fine but it’s definitely the atmosphere that I love here. It just feels good. I don’t think a lot has changed over the years, but there’s not much to change except perhaps soften the butter?

Reviewed by Monica


Atmosphere - 8.5/10
Service- 8.5/10
Food - 6/10
Tea/Coffee - 7/10
Price - 9/10

Friday, April 3, 2009

Gourmet On Gamon

84 Gamon Street
Yarraville 3013

PH - 9396 1916

You would think that reviewing breakfast would be all about the eggs. But it is so much more! This being our second review couldn't be more different than the 1st.

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Gourmet On Gamon is not right in the centre of the Yarraville village, but it is lucky enough to be on the street that connects Seddon and Yarraville. This cafe does not get the village shoppers but it does attract loyal locals and lots of mother's groups. The owner has dedicated the back room to the kids and she keeps it stocked with big boxes of toys, with heaps of magazines and papers for the adults. This serves the double purpose of allowing the parents to relax and keeps the front room free for those customers who don't want toddlers underfoot.

Gourmet On Gamon
On arrival I ordered my cup of tea which was pretty standard, however I did see a local lady order her cup of tea and ask for her mug! The front of house guy knew exactly who she was and which was her mug. It's always a plus to know your customers by name and Gourmet On Gamon obviously has a lovely rapport with it's regulars.

My order was taken by a friendly waitress who seemed lovely and relaxed. There is nothing worse than grumpy waiting staff.

I ordered the usual (the one in the picture) and after a reasonable amount of time the food came out. It was like a home cooked brekky!! This is a good thing, because as we all know there is nothing like home cooking, especially if you haven't cooked it yourself. The eggs were runny and the tomato, spinach and mushrooms were all very nicely seasoned. I do like my golden toast with butter even if my waistline doesn't and that was all that was missing.

As I ate it was fairly quiet in the cafe and I thought this would be a great place to read my book or the paper. As already mentioned we know it is a place for local mums and kids but obviously I was there early enough to miss that trade.

The price was perfect! $16.00 Almost $10 cheaper than last week's breakfast. I know money shouldn't dictate your lifestyle but the reality is that it does.

So I guess if I'm looking for a belly full of eggs in the morning on a budget Gourmet On Gamon would be the place to go.

Reviewed by Monica


Atmosphere - 6.5/10
Service- 7.5/10
Food - 7/10
Tea/Coffee - 7/10
Price - 9/10