ENTER NEIGHBOUR, CAMBERWELL: A new brunch cafe that adds to the string of new Melbourne cafes that seem to be opening endlessly, but Enter Neighbour holds its ground as a small, cosy cafe in the outer skirts of Camberwell – that hopefully, soon becomes a household cafe in the area. The quality of food is of exceptional standard, not a single dish was a classic re-hash of every other Melbourne cafe, and yet features a seemingly European-styled twist that we were all too happy to enjoy.
The good fat: The smoked kaiserfleich, that is, pork belly, that formed the main portion of the green fritters, was just a joy to have. A tender, juicy piece of pork belly marinaded in a flavoursome sauce with hints of smokiness permeating through. The green fritters were a cleverly “healthier” option that added complexity of textures to the kaiserfleich.
Another favourite was definitely the Sicilian mix in the Caponata – dishes like this make me feel the European fusion-vibes of Enter Neighbour, as the salad like mixture was full of various textures and zesty flavours, grounded by the red pepper hummus underneath. Our added option of the pork and fennel sausage was so delicious we requested the chef to keep it permanently on the menu, only to be told that it was an element incorporated into their dinner tapas.
I cannot leave without mentioning the ethereal smoothness and creativity of a “coffee mascarpone.” Accustomed to ricotta, and overly sweet or chocolatey hotcakes, this Scotch Pancake from Enter Neighbour was a flawless combo. The coffee mascarpone had the sweet velvetiness of dessert hotcake cheese, and the slight bitter aroma of coffee beans, all the whilst dolloped on the springy, moist pancake itself.
The bad fat: The heirloom carrots were probably the least appealing from all the dishes, primarily because everything else was so delicious! The carrots were quite crunchy rather than being soft and sauteed/caramelised like I had expected. The green fritters themselves were also of quite a small portion size, it did not seem like the predominant element in the dish despite being named so.
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
YES – The two boxes that Melbourne cafes now need to tick for me is innovation in taste + quality of taste, and Enter Neighbour is definitely one that ticks both!
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2wofatgirls would like to thank Enter Neighbour for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration.