Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Main Street 3195, Mordialloc by Snooze

Youngest daughter Miss C (22) and I dropped into Main Street 3195 for a late breakfast.

It was a near miss for a couple of reasons. Miss C couldn’t see the point of any further bonding with me (given the nine months in utero we’d been inseparable) but hunger and the promise I’d pay won her over.

When we arrived Main Street was crowded inside and out, and without a booking the best they could do was a table for four for 50 minutes … definitely a good test to see whether meals can be delivered in good time for diners to eat without feeling pressured.

Even though it was midday breakfast was on offer until 3pm and I noticed a number of others were taking advantage of the simultaneous breakfast and lunch time menus.

Since I love breakfast all day I opted for the avocado, asparagus, grilled haloumi and poached eggs on light rye toast. I found it on the small side, with the serving possibly looking even smaller given the huge plastic plate it sat on. The asparagus also edged towards overdone. But the positives outweighed the negatives: the bread was delicately toasted, the avocado generous, the salt of the haloumi a good foil for the eggs, and the poached eggs exactly as I like them and accompanied by a delicate fragrance of vinegar.

Miss C wasn’t thrilled with the menu (which is strange for her as she'll eat almost anything) and ended up going for the eggs Benedict with ham on toasted Turkish bread. This was a more substantial breakfast compared with mine and arrived on the same sort of large plastic plate. The poached eggs were perfectly done, the ham generous although I prefer it a little more cooked. The hollandaise sauce was good without overpowering.

PS I also suggest you try the fresh squeezed orange juice, which arrived not to sweet or sour, and cold and fresh.

Mordialloc has needed an eatery like Main Street 3195 for years. It’s brilliantly situated on the main shopping strip on the highway, and is just outside the city bound entrance to the train station. Everything about Main Street is well done, from the tables outside, and the decorative metal anemones on the interior brick walls. It’s also extremely popular so I’d suggest booking, especially over the weekend. Main Street also passed its rush hour test: the turnaround between ordering and receiving our meals was good, we were finished with five minutes to spare and didn't have to rush, the wait staff were attentive without hanging around, and watching the room suggested nothing was too much trouble.

Food – 7
Service – 7.5
Ambience – 7.5
Price – 7

505 Main Street
Mordialloc VIC 3195
Tel: (03) 9580 8150

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