Posted on | July 5, 2012 | 8 Comments

Mostly I like being an adult. But sometimes it really sucks. Particularly when you have to spend a weekend running errands and doing boring grown up stuff. When I was younger, being an adult looked so inviting – ALL THE FREEDOMS YAY – but the reality can be a bit tedious.

The other weekend, Alastair and I spent a morning dealing with errands. As a reward for being a grown up and dealing with boring grown up stuff, we wandered down to Chicco for brunch. We arrived at about 11am on a Sunday and as they were doing a bustling trade we were fortunate to snag a seat by the large windows (yay natural light). The cafe has high ceilings, a polished concrete floor, and is decorated with white macrame light fittings. They look a bit weird and kitsch but seem to work with the relaxed vibe of the place.

Breakfast is served until 3pm, and lunch starts at 12pm, so we ordered brunch and a round of coffee to start. Chicco uses Padre coffee, and I enjoyed my long black – it was nice and smooth.

The breakfast menu isn’t terribly long, but it does contain some slightly interesting looking options – such as wasabi salmon, and an avocado herb salad with feta and mushrooms, plus eggs served with various things such as beetroot relish, dukkah and pancetta.

Alastair had the wasabi salmon with avocado and wasabi cream cheese on rye ($18). He declared it yum+. :)

I chose the house-made baked beans with roasted red onion and spinach and feta pesto on sourdough ($15.50) and added a side of Italian sausage ($3.50). The beans were really good – tender but not mushy. The sauce was a sweetish, rich tomato sauce, and I really enjoyed the onions on top.

I would’ve preferred for the toast to be served on the side rather than underneath the beans, because it made the bread all soggy, but that was a minor quibble.

We finished with another round of coffees before heading home – our third for the day. Eeeek. Oh well. When you’re an adult, you can drink an excessive amount of coffee just because you want to. Actually, you know what? Being an adult isn’t all that bad if I get to reward myself with a hearty brunch at a nice cafe every now and again.

For more on Chicco, check out Footscray food blog.

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77 Charles Street
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8 Responses to “Chicco”

  1. Fatboo
    July 5th, 2012 @ 6:18 pm

    Loved how bright this brunch looked. And thought those cups and saucers looked awesome! I just visited Common Galaxia in Seddon but did not know Chicco existed until today. Nice to have great places so close to home.

    I never was ruled by an iron-fist as a kid, so being an adult just meant more responsibilities for me. Bleah!
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    Agnes Reply:

    If you return to Seddon and can’t get into Common Galaxia – Chicco is just down the street. I really liked their cups too. :)


  2. D
    July 5th, 2012 @ 9:18 pm

    9:15pm… and I feel like breakfast all of a sudden :D


    Agnes Reply:

    Doh – that’s a problem with reading food blogs :D


  3. CheezyK
    July 6th, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    I read your opening two sentences this morning while sitting on the train heading to work tired and headachy and could not have agreed more! On the plus side there is coffee and being able to buy yourself a rewarding brunch and coffee and going out with friends, oh and did I mention coffee? :D


    Agnes Reply:

    Hmmm yes, you do make a compelling argument. There is coffee… :D


  4. April
    July 7th, 2012 @ 9:22 am

    On the bright side, at least your errands only took up the morning :)

    Brunch here looks great. The coffee cups are cute. I have mugs at home in the same color.


    Agnes Reply:

    Yes, that is one positive. :D

    We have boring mugs – all weird assorted ones. I should get pretty ones.


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