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HOT – Home Store & Cafe – 20 Stewart Rd, Ashgrove.

With only a vague idea of where we were heading, store and a small battle with the street directory, order MM and I had worked ourselves into a state of reluctance and mild anxiety as we made the trip to Home Store & Cafe in Ashgrove – a side of town we’re not too familiar with.

Good thing we agreed to meet our friends nice and early (at the rather uncivilised hour of 8am), check because before long the place almost resembled Myer on a Boxing Day sale, which I figured could only be a good sign.

A fairly open, airy and echoy venue, Home Store & Cafe does, as the name suggests, provide a lovely cafe setting for families of all shapes and sizes with a nice section dedicated to lovely kids toys, books and other small home wares that may take your fancy.

The menu took my interest straight away with some not-so-ordinary options like minted pea and feta fritters, bacon and egg brushetta and other lovely combinations.  I couldn’t go past the home store avocado smashed on sourdough with baby vine tomatoes, crumbled feta and preserved lemon, with a side of poached eggs ($12.90).  The dish was humongous – serious brownie points were awarded for the presentation, flavours, creativity and the price.  It was easily the best out and about breakfast I’ve had in months.

MM stuck to his usual game plan of poached eggs with toasted sourdough ($9.90); nothing too interesting to report here, however worth mentioning that the eggs were poached perfectly and a generous serve of toast was provided.

RD opted for the savoury mince breakfast with chorizo, poached eggs and rocket salad with toasted Turkish bread (sorry, no price on this one).  Not my cup of tea for breakfast but according to RD a tasty and mildly spicy combination and once again a really generous serving of goodness.

The coffees, ranging from $3 to $4 were all creamy with the right amount of kick to keep us going for the rest of the day.  While the shop front of Home Store & Cafe was pandemonium, it wasn’t unnerving at all, in fact the bustle and vibe they had going on was pleasant and friendly and the service didn’t falter one bit.

  • Home Store & Cafe – 20 Stewart Rd, Ashgrove +617 3366 6652
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  1. Great to see a refreshing brekkie menu! – I’m going to check this place out 🙂

    Posted by Bel | August 11, 2011, 4:13 pm
  2. Make sure you let us know what your experience is like Bel!

    Posted by CazM | August 12, 2011, 4:11 pm

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