Melbourne and brunch, the two words that goes hand in hand and of course, Aberfeldie joined the party with a new cafe North & Eight. North & Eight sits on one of the main road but there’s many parking around so you definitely do not need to worry about that. Anywho, walking inside the venue, the interior was sleek and welcoming. The staff are super friendly and will make you feel welcome.
Since it was brunch, we got ourselves a cup of coffee to start the day. I got a soy latte and my gosh it was great and definitely hits the spot.
Soy Latte – $4
Mr D got the regular latte and he absolutely loved it.
Latte – $4
I got the Okonomiyaki Japanese Pancake and it was GINORMOUS. I got the katsu pork belly and that was oh so crunchy and yummy. The pancake was drowned in okonomi sauce which was very sweet. Other than that, everything was delish. A tip though, perhaps add a touch less of the sauce and it would still be flavoursome.
Okonomiyaki Japanese Pancake – $14
Cabbage & carrot, kewpie mayo, okonomi sauce, wakame, green onion, bonito flakes & enoki mushroom
+ Katsu pork belly & pickled ginger $8
Mr D got the fried calamari and green papaya slaw salad and this was bigger than his head! It was very refreshing and with the vinaigrette, it was phenomenal. However, since the whole vinaigrette was in the bowl already, as Mr D started to finish his meal and got to the bottom of the bowl, the salad was drenched in the sauce and it was way too intense. So perhaps have the vinaigrette on the side and let the people pour in the vinaigrette as required and at their own pace.
Salt ‘n’ Pepper Fried Calamari & Green Papaya Slaw Salad – $19.50
Radish, mint, pine nut & sweet chili lime vinaigrette
+ Chips $4
Oh and the chippies, it was AMAZEBALL! Crunchy on the outside, soft and fluffy in the inside and with the perfect amount of seasoning.
Of course for all those sweet tooths out there, there’s a cabinet full of desserts waiting for you.
We also got some juices to detox before we chowed down some desserts (yeah that’s how dieting works guys!). Mr D got the red splash which had watermelon, apple and mint and he could only taste the watermelon and mint which was still very refreshing. Oh and it was GINORMOUS when it came out, it was so big that it could have been a meal itself.
Red Splash – $8.50
Watermelon, apple, mint, ice
I got the C No Evil which had carrot, orange, lime and ginger and this was AMAZEBALLS! I’m a huge fan of Carrot Juice and I went to town with this drink!
C No Evil – $8.50
Carrot, orange, lime, ginger, ice
Finally, for dessert we got the Blueberry cheesecake which came with chocolate soil (I think it was chocolate?) and chocolate mousse. The cheesecake was super duper dense and I couldn’t really taste the blue berry which was a bit disappointing. The mousse however, was beautiful and that wasn’t even the star of the dish. It was smooth, it was velvety and it was rich in dark chocolate. Oh and yes, the blueberry cheesecake portion was GINORMOUS as well.
North & Eight is a great place for brunch with friendly staff, quick service and really good food. However, make sure you have your eating pants on because the portions here are GINORMOUS!
Disclaimer: I was honoured to be invited to dine by True Tribe and North & Eight and all opinions expressed are my own.