Despite GPS and Google Maps, we managed to walk up and down Sydney Road without being to locate the few cafes/restaurants that we had shortlisted.
In the end, we were fed up (no pun intended) with searching for these places, so we picked the first decent looking eatery to have lunch. This is how we ended up at Brunswick Flour Mill.
Going by the decorations and the name of the cafe, we rather cleverly deduced that this was once a flour mill.
Getting down to business, I ordered a chai. This was good but not memorable.
Bubba Chuck got chicken and chips. When this arrived, I though this was kinda mingy... there were just two small chunks of chicken. Bubba Chuck ate of the chickens and most of the chips. Beaker and I then helped ourselves to the remaining chicken and chips. And surprising, the chicken was bigger than it looked and had a simple but nice crunchy coating. The chicken was moist and tender.
I got the toasted focaccia w grilled veggies. As you'd expect being in Brunswick area, the focaccia was handmade and totally worth ignoring my ban on wheat products. Flavoursome bread with grilled eggplant, capsicum and pumpkin, spinach leaves, pesto and feta. A nice ratio of veggies to focaccia. Lovely.
Beaker lucked out. She went for the calamari salad w tapanade. It wasn't the prettiest of dishes and it's flavour was rather ho hum. The calamari was good but not enough for the price. The salad was mostly chopped iceberg, red onions and tomatoes and it was overly dressed with a feta-based dressing, which made it somewhat salty. Beaker avoided the tapanade, as that was salty.
Food – 7
Ambience – 7
Service – 7
Price – 6.5
A nice run of the mill cafe (no pun intended, again). It seems to be quite the place for coffee lovers. Our lunch was mixed. I certainly liked my focaccia and the children's meal was pretty good. We weren't quite sure what they were going for with the calamari salad.
Brunswick Flour Mill
341 Sydney Road
Telephone: 9078 0497