A Brewer’s Tale has a very European feel to it. Even if you’re not sitting at one of the sidewalk tables, the interior is so open and spacious that you’ll still enjoy the airiness of this café. The interior is an eclectic mix, I felt as though I’d stepped into The Joker’s favourite hangout spot.
Service was great from the moment we walked in. We spotted a number of pooches enter with their owners for takeaway so it seems as though it’s a very dog-friendly establishment which is a big plus in my book.
The house blend coffee ($3.50) was fantastic. I loved the well rounded flavours and strong presence from these cups. Single Origin is also available as cold drip ($4), coconut cold drip ($5), espresso ($3.50) and more.
Iced coffees, lattes and tea also abound so whatever your caffeine preference, ABT has you covered.
I find it hard to resist milkshakes and smoothies when they’re on the menu. Milkshake ($6.50) flavours available are chocolate, caramel or strawberry. My chocolate shake was delicious, just the right consistency (it was bordering on too thin) with a good amount of ice cream.
Super smoothies ($7) are available as mango, banana or berry and there are also acai smoothies such as acai lover (acai guarana, coconut water, almond milk and banana, $9) or acai berry forest (acai guarana, coconut water, dates, mixed berries, banana and chia seeds, $10).
The bacon and egg roll ($10.50) didn’t disappoint my friend who seems to order them for a living! The aioli and fresh baby spinach set this version apart and you can add a hash brown for $2. The bun was nice and soft but a bit more bacon wouldn’t have gone astray. We were off to a good start…
From that point we just seemed to drop slightly and then hold a steady course. My Angus beef sausage ($18) comprised of basic scrambled eggs on toast with two beef sausages on top. The sausages again were simple but quite oily. They didn’t do enough to impress. The tomato and feta on the side was also just fine.
The breakfast plank ($22) is ABT’s ‘big breakfast’. The two eggs were poached and you’ll also find bacon, baby spinach, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, hash browns and toast. Those looking for a decently large meal will be well catered for. All elements were prepared well and my guest enjoyed the board. There was just nothing that stood out.
As I’m sure that you’ve gathered, ABT can prepare their dishes decently. The plentiful bacon and mushrooms that one of my guests ordered were no exception. So we have a menu with some tried and tested dishes, prepared with few complaints from me. I’d love to say more. I love saying more. But there isn’t much else to it unfortunately.
Other dishes on the menu include zucchini and green pea fritters (poached egg, asparagus, smashed avocado, lemon, sprouts, red radish, micro herbs, cherry tomato and balsamic glaze, $17.50), smashed avocado (beetroot hummus, micro herbs, cherry tomato, Danish feta, red radish, fresh lemon, sprouts, dukkah and toast, $16.50) and brioche French toast with fresh fruits, ricotta cheese, coconut chips, mango panna cotta and 100% pure maple syrup, $18.50).
Overall Rating: 16/25
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