We're back after a bit of a long break, we hope you don't mind because we have another story to tell!
One fateful Sunday (as it happens, most Sundays are quite fateful for us), Li made yet another trip to Jo's little flat. If it weren't for the cool breeze and clear skies, she may have just stayed indoors playing with her cats all day, but it would seem that Melbourne wanted her out and about (or more so, Jo did) so they could sample more of what Richmond had to offer.
At the flat, Jo produced her lengthy café to do list to reveal Long Story Short - a café residing off the main hustle and bustle of Bridge Road. What would it be though - lunch or brunch? It was getting a little late in the morning for brekky and these girls still weren't entirely ready!
No 12. Brunch Date Kittens
Tucked away underneath a modern apartment complex, sits a cozy little nook amongst the cute vintage housing and modern apartments that shelters it. Long Story Short juts out at you, out of place, almost begging to belong with all the other eateries that enrich Bridge Road.
One step through the door and you're immediately greeted by friendly staff, making you feel at home, amongst friends. It's roomy, dark interior accommodates many making it perfect for a Sunday brunch.
Reviewing the menu, we were instantly drawn to the Matcha Latte and the Sisko Chocolate drink offerings - Matcha Maiden white hot chocolate sphere with marshmallows?
Lord have mercy.
We felt it would be a little improper to start with dessert so decided to play it safe with our usual Matcha Lattes and Iced Mochas along with these delicious sounding offerings:
Roasted Cauliflower Salad ($13.50)
Black Pearl Barley, quinoa, dried cherries, coriander mayo, pickled tomatoes and toasted macadamia
Matcha Maiden Matcha Latte ($4.80)
Pulled Pork Open Sandwich ($21)
Kimchi, pumpkin & apple chutney, chilli, coriander, apple, chives and macadamia salad
Iced Mocha ($6)
Coffee by Proud Mary
Sweet Potato Chips ($8)
Served with black garlic aioli
*Prices and offerings are subject to change without prior notice. Please enquire for details on pricing and availability with Long Story Short Café directly.
Jo wasn't sure what she wanted - she knew she needed a coffee and there were some impressive looking cold drip brewers on display at the counter but no, that familiar hit of chocolate was what she truly needed.
As soon as Green Tea Matcha Maiden is listed on the menu, you know it's our number 1 priority to order. It's love in a cup, it's comforting, warm and our friend. LiLi didn't notice the Sisko chocolate which involves a decadent white chocolate sphere with a green tea latte pour over. Seriously, she missed out!
Oh well, you can never go wrong with a regular Matcha. Matcha is all you need in life!
Our sweet potato fries were served up first and WOW, were they addictively good. Beautiful crispy crust on the outside encasing lovely cutlets of sweet potato - it could have done with a tad bit more seasoning but overall, we enjoyed this side; shoutout to that flavoursome black garlic aioli, too!
No sooner had we nibbled on the edges of these chips were two seriously impressive looking dishes set down in front of us.
First of all, can we take a moment to admire the presentation and plating of these dishes!? The vibrancy had us in absolute awe, not to mention the portion sizes.
The roast cauliflower salad had all the makings of an intriguing display. What caught LiLi's eye off the bat was the mention of coriander mayo. How does coriander mayo work with dried cherries and pickled tomatoes? Sounds like an interesting party in your mouth!
Unfortunately, as curious as this dish sounded, it didn't live up to expectations. Li wanted bursts of flavour flooding her mouth but instead was greeted with a fairly plain salad. It's rather disappointing when it exudes such colour and presentation, only to be let down in the flavour, or lack thereof. I couldn't pick up the coriander in the mayo and the only redeeming feature was the dried cherries which added the only outstanding element to the dish.
JoJo's meal on the other hand was much more flavoursome. But where do you even begin with this sandwich!
You may not be able to tell, but there, underneath the rubble of apple and coriander, is a bed of pulled pork and kimchi coating two pieces of crispy toast.
This had a lot going on which may have been it's ultimate downfall. It was good in place, particularly the kimchi and toppings but the pork was a little bit of a let down. Given that there were SO many flavours, this is forgivable as seasoning the pulled pork a little would have put it in contention with everything else!
Overall, not the best venture we've had but we wouldn't say no to giving this place another go - breakfast maybe?
Service was friendly and all I remember is a lady with a hell occa accent which made me feel at home. I'm not sure why every time I hear an occa accent it's reassuring.
There is one thing I don't do often when we go out and that's ordering a salad. Hence why I chose the cauliflower salad - just for something different. The selling point was the coriander mayo.
The salad was definitely a major let down. And, I know what you're probably thinking "It's a salad, what do you expect?". I just thought it had so much potential with all the ingredients listed. Not to worry, the sweet potato wedges came to save the day! I loved how mushy the centre was and the exterior was perfectly seasoned. Black garlic aioli is not something I have tried before so that was different.
I think next time I'll stay away from the salads and try a proper main dish if I ever visit again. #LearnFromYourMistakes
Oh hey - it's been a while!
So, Long Story Short: I really appreciated the roominess of the café and I loved the thought that went into the interiors - dark walls, marble counters and contrasting wooden accents. My ideal setting. My entire home would be decorated in this way if I had my way.
I wasn't too taken by my main meal - but it was just one amongst so many others. I liked the freshness of my sandwich but felt that it needed to be toned down in many ways - portion, flavours, ratios, complexity...
Focussing on the plusses, I loved the chips and my coffee and the service was friendly enough but it's somewhere I'll need to spend a little more time at to judge fairly.
I might drop in for a coffee one time and see if anything takes my fancy.
Food and Drink: ★★★☆☆
Customer Service: ★★★★☆
General Atmosphere: ★★☆☆☆
Value for Money: ★★☆☆☆
Food and Drink: ★★★☆☆
Customer Service: ★★★★☆
General Atmosphere: ★★★☆☆
Value for Money: ★★☆☆☆
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