BARRY, NORTHCOTE: So who is Barry? That is the real mystery – so keep reading to find out! Barry (the cafe) is a bustling cafe in the Northern hub of Northcote, along a super trendy High Street. Having never been out to this area of Melbourne before, we were excited by the hipster vibes and busy atmosphere of this suburban gem. Popping in for a late weekend lunch, we didn’t expect the cafe to be this busy, but after experiencing their coffees and food for ourselves, it was definitely no surprise. The coffees were just spot on – for someone who used to be a coffee hater, the absolute quality, and rich aroma of the Melbourne coffees from these local brunch places is really starting to win me over. Not only this, but their ice coffee is close to the best I’ve ever had – not too sweet nor bitter, there was something about the smooth blend that just made us fall in love.
- Banana, Peanut Butter Smoothie (Cacao Nibs, Honey, Almond Milk, Ice) – $10.5
- Spinach, Kale Smoothie (Avocado, Pineapple, Dates, Coconut Water, Ice) – $10.5
The good fat: It was amazing to notice how little the banana dominated in the drink – I could barely taste it. Instead, the smoothie was just a rich, mellow blend of peanut butter (my personal favourite), chocolate and small hints of banana to give it a rich honeyed taste. One of my favourite smoothies ever!
The spinach smoothie was likewise delicious – refreshing and sweet there were no hints of what “green” vegetable taste could be and provided a great, lighter contrast to the banana peanut butter option.
The bad fat: None
Ricotta Hotcake (Apple, Cinnamon Crème, Crumble) – $20.0
The good fat: Having been traumatised by the hotcake from Top Paddock (Top Notch Top Paddock?) I was a quite excited to re-invigorate my love for hotcakes after reading so many recommendations about this one. I definitely wasn’t disappointed. The hotcake itself was light, fluffy and the perfect portion size to share between two for a mix of savoury and sweet dishes (although one could probably tackle it themself too) A delicious, breakfast crunch came from the honeyed granola, whilst the small central spoonfuls of ricotta and cinnamon creme rounded off a stunning complement of creamy crunchiness, with little bits of cinnamon-esque spice complexed with the sweetness. The apple was not overpowering, and instead gave it the little bites of juicy fruitiness.
The bad fat: A tad expensive for the simple combination of ingredients and size.
Free Range Pork Belly (Baby Heirloom Carrots, Fig, Walnut Crumb, Ginger & Carrot Purée, Crispy Ginger) – $21.0 (+ $4.0 mushroom + $5.5 salmon)
The good fat: The heirloom carrots were just the right texture to maintain a slight crunch whilst the walnut crumb formed a very unique base! The carrot and ginger puree was such a delicious sauce to go with the pork belly – which was sliced into the perfect morsel sizes to bite into. Absolutely loved the smooth texture of the mushrooms that we added and the freshness of the salmon too. The figs provided a subtle, grounded sweetness for another interesting element of flavour.
The bad fat: Although the pork was cooked quite well, I was a little disappointed that the skin wasn’t crispy at all – I don’t see how pork can not be crispy skinned in dishes such as these. Being a heavy meat dish, the walnut crumble was deceptively filling. Towards the end, it started tasted a little bland without much contrasting flavour other than a basic crumble/pumpkin seed type taste so a little drizzle of something would’ve lifted the dish.
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
ABSOLUTELY – Insane coffees, the epitome of a hipster Melbourne scene, and the best hotcakes I’ve had… plus you’ve got to go and find out who Barry is 😉
CHECK OUT BARRY HERE: https://www.barrycoffeeandfood.com/
2wofatgirls would like to thank Barry Coffee and Food for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration