Summer is really starting to show its face around our parts – Mr Sun is warming up the weekends and the pavements are getting a beating from strollers, joggers and cyclists alike. I am enjoying the warmer temperatures before the traditional stinking hot days get here and I don’t know of a better way to reward a hard week at work than treating yourself to a lovely breakfast you didn’t have to prepare.
The SO and I have cycled past Double Shot Espresso heaps of times, but never stopped in. It wasn’t until a chance conversation with fellow blogger Claire K Creations, who adamantly vouched for breakfasts at Double Shot Espresso that I dramatically declared to the SO we would be starting our weekend at this café.
Double Shot Espresso is extremely popular and so we had a 15 minute wait for a table (much to the hungry SO’s distress). The staff were very attentive, keeping tabs out for a vacated table for us and even brought over some stools while we waited.
Once seated, we were surprised that Double Shot Espresso does not have EFTPOS or credit card facilities. It is rare to find a business that deals exclusively in cash these days and it meant we had to rummage for loose change to work out what our breakfast budget was, as there isn’t an ATM close by. Thankfully we had just enough for everything we wanted!
The specials are written on the gold framed mirror on the wall by the counter. Orders are taken at the counter, but don’t forget to check what’s on and in the fridge before making your final decision. There were some tarts with mountains of chocolate curls in there that looked absolutely divine!
Being so busy and with a tiny kitchen, there can be a bit of a wait for food orders, but it was not at all unreasonable. Coffees and other beverages come out quick, so sip slowly and savour the company/conversation/weather.
Our food was beautiful. The SO’s eyes caught the breakfast boards others had ordered, so his stomach followed. The Breakfast Board is a board of heirloom tomatoes with sliced ham, poached eggs, avocado, toast and feta. This is a big breakfast with a difference and best shared for the tiny eaters.
I was drawn to the croque madam and while it looked nothing like any croque madam I have ever tasted in France. The Croque Madame is a French style toasted ham and cheese sandwich with a difference. It comes with a poached egg and homemade onion marmalade. It was crunchy on the outside, yet wonderfully warm and oozy on the inside with melted cheese. The ham slices were generous and I was delighted to find they had used wholegrain mustard as a spread. Oh, and yes, I did require the steak knife provided to saw my way through the crust.