We’re spoilt for choice for cafes in Melbourne. Totally spoilt. So much so that making a choice can be slightly overwhelming at times.
(And yes, I know – total first world problem.)
So when faced with making an option, I often defer back to our tried and true places to avoid having to think about it.
The other weekend when Alastair and I went out for brunch, I decided it was time for something other than our usual haunts. I remembered that we hadn’t visited Footscray Milking Station yet, so off we went.
Formerly a milk bar, Footscray Milking Station is located on the corner of a quiet residential street away from any other cafes. The interior contains hints of its former use, along with exposed brick walls, heavy wooden tables, milk bottles reused as water vessels, a cabinet of baked goods, and the occasional spot of bright green. It’s not particularly large inside, though there are tables on the front footpath plus a courtyard at the back. On our visit we managed to snag one of the last inside tables.
The menu isn’t that long but there were some interesting choices.
Alastair ordered the scrambled sunrise ($19) – eggs beaten with mascarpone and chives, smoked tasmanian sea trout, cucumber, fennel, radish, dill salad on rye crouton.
I had the mushroom tart ($17) – puff pastry, mushroom medley, double smoked bacon, goats cheese bechamel, herbs and a poached egg. I hadn’t been expecting a deconstructed version, however it was pretty tasty, and surprisingly (because I don’t really like goats cheese) the bechamel was mild and creamy enough to tie everything together.
Coffees were good and so was our food. It was a sweet place and I’m sure we’ll be back again.
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Footscray Milking Station
35 Bunbury Street
Phone: 03 9029 9240