26 June 2013

Bread & Circus Wholefoods Canteen: “It's a canteen not a cafe”, Alexandria (25 June 2013)

21 Fountain Street, Alexandria NSW 2015

The circus is in Alexandria

A rainy day brings me to shelter amongst the warehouse complex that includes Bread & Circus for a brunch with the family. Great to see high chairs available from the outset for the little one and the decor and atmosphere is cosy except for the long bench seating which I find very awkward to get in and out of — they look nice but are so impractical for dining. The menu reads like it's good for you and the environment and it probably is as I spot organic, biodynamic and sustainable. I choose Jude's very particular pancakes ($16) of pre-soaked buckwheat black quinoa coconut-rapapdura wholefood pancakes. These must be healthy for you by the sound of it and they thankfully don't taste like cardboard. Quite tasty and fairly fluffy in texture make them enjoyable and go well with the maple biodynamic yoghurt. The sliced pieces of oranges and apple seem a bit out of place as you're better off using your fingers to eat them. Orange segments without skin and a spiced apple compote would be my preference for easier eating with your cutlery without getting your fingers messy. Also I'm never a fan of eating out of a bowl, even a shallow one, with a knife and fork. It just feels wrong trying to cut things and would much prefer if this was served on a flat plate.

Parmesan not-so-scrambled egg ($18) comes with biodynamic eggs, real truffle oil and a quirky name. Lots of flavour from the truffle and nicely cooked eggs. All the ingredients work well together although the avocado was a bit too firm from being unripe in part making it not as pleasant to enjoy. Be careful not to cut your gums on the thick slices of sourdough which are super crusty. The Skim latte ($4.50) was good except arriving a bit luke warm. I can only suspect there might have been a delay in making it to the table as my Hot chocolate ($5) was at a nice warm temperature with great depth of flavour from the callebaut dark chocolate. A Babyccino ($2) comes at a premium price but is mostly frothy milk as hoped which is easy for the baby to enjoy. If it came with a mini biscuit or marshmallow would make it better value but I guess not as healthy for the little one. The Rainy day toast and Foxy winter porridge sound worthy of a possible revisit to try.

PROS: Interesting and healthy menu, Preference for seasonal, organic and biodynamic, Cosy decor, Friendly service, High chairs available and kid friendly, Free street parking
CONS: Long bench seating is awkward and impractical, Eating with a knife and fork out of a shallow bowl
MUST TRY: Revisiting to try more of the menu although I'd recommend the hot chocolate
VERDICT: Lots of healthy choices on a menu that's updated daily and made with seasonal produce although I'd get rid of the bench seating and rather eat on a plate than a shallow bowl for dishes that require a knife and fork.
Jude's very particular pancakes: Pre-soaked buckwheat black quinoa coconut-rapapdura wholefood pancakes with maple-orange gloss and maple biodynamic yoghurt ($16) — nice pancakes and yoghurt but orange slices seem out of place and would have preferred maybe a spiced apple compote for easier eating with cutlery
Nice fluffy pancakes and differently tasty
Orange pieces with skin on seems a bit out of place in the dish as you have to eat with your fingers unless I'm missing the point of them? Maybe would work better for me if orange segments had skin removed so could be eaten with the cutlery. 
Parmesan not-so-scrambled egg: biodynamic eggs with real truffle oil, under shaved parmesan & served with avocado, tomato, baby spinach, fresh herbs & sourdough ($18) — good truffle flavour although avocado was a bit under ripe
Skim latte ($4.50) — nice coffee but arrived luke warm so not sure if it was delayed
Hot chocolate: callebaut dark chocolate melted into milk ($5) — good flavour 
Babyccino ($2) — mostly froth which is good although pricey

Table setting — everything you need

Good looking produce for the kitchen on display

Bench seating can be very awkward and impractical — one of my pet hates when dining as they can be hard to get in and out of, especially if others are sitting on them.

Outside seating available although not so good when it's raining as it doesn't seem to be covered but they look very comfortable for sipping your healthy fruit juice on a sunny day

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bob said...

I know where this is. Its near substation. :) I'll have to try this place. Pink!

milkteaxx said...

agree with bench seating, to make it worse, sharing with strangers that shake their legs or fiddle.

Libby said...

I love the look of this cafe! Ditto the texture of the pancakes... so interesting!

Anonymous said...

Agree with the oranges pieces been out of places. Unless your meant to slice it with the cutlery :P That would be a whole new level of eating oranges! Haha

Simon Leong said...

hi bob, hope you like it

hi milkteaxx, when people shake their legs that's the worst hehe

hi libby, they tasted healthy too which is a bonus

hi nessyeater, orange pieces totally out of place unless it's half time at a football match hehe

JB said...

We were looking for somewhere to eat in Alexandria last Sunday (the place we went to had a really long wait). Pity we didn't see this sooner! Thanks for the great review though... will check it out soon!

Simon Leong said...

hi jb, maybe next time. just avoid sitting at the long benches :-)

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