Location: 9 Yarra St, South Yarra
Mon – Fri: 7am – 5pm
Sat-Sun: 8am – 4pm
Coffee: St Ali house blend, Siphon Coffee, Cold drip
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“Have you ever wondered how your fantastic brunch is prepared? The process of evolving raw ingredients into sensational flavours that have that true “wow” factor? Well look no further. The Outpostallows you to watch your brunch come to life with its unique outlayin the lobby of an office building in South Yarra. The kitchen and barista station are within close proximity to one other and a nearby table is covered with brunch snacks and sweets. This provides a real home-kitchen feel. Seating is maximised with chairs outside on a look-alike patio and seating in the lobby. This makes The Outpost a unique cafe experience.
We arrived in the wee hours of the morning and a long black was needed. I decided on the St Ali house blend [$3.50]. As I have mentioned previously, the St Ali blend is a favourite of mine and this coffee doesn’t delineate from my experience. It was a lovely coffee to start the morning, consisting of a sweet, fruity taste which was smooth throughout. There was a slight bitterness but the flavours that were embodied in my cup kept me excited and wanting more.
There was a specific reason why we wanted to have brunch at The Outpost that morning. It was to re-discover and do an extensive show and tell of what we regard to be an outstanding dish – French toast w/ grilled Istra bacon, candied walnuts and maple syrup [$16.50]. You will notice that Miss SL gives a rather detail description of the dish which is described lovely, however the pictures do suggest that we are sweet loving fat pigs! Don’t be deterred brunch goers- this dish is one for the books even if the portion size seem large.There are a number of features that make this French toast the creme de la creme. First is that while the bread has been saturated with a lovely sweet mixture, there is an additional layer of egg coated on the top. This goes well with the maple syrup and is a surprising addition to a traditional dish. Second is the maple syrup. This bad boy is sweet – there is no doubt about it. The maple syrup has a distinctive, enjoyable and sugary taste which is thickly applied. There is a clever addition to the dish with the candied walnuts which brings a nutty/caramelised flavour. The walnut highlights the sweet flavours of the maple syrup. Finally is the bread. The bread selection, in my opinion, can make or break a good French toast. The bread used here was fantastic in acting as a sponge to mop up all of that thick syrup without losing shape.
I can say confidently that I love this dish, but it’s not a dish I could have regularly. The bacon was lovely, but it was also fatty. So how would you get around this predicament? My advice would be to go for a nice long run, walk, hop or wiggle and then go to The Outpost to enjoy the sweeter side of brunch. You will come out smiling.
“It was an early Wednesday morning when decided to take the risk and go to The Outpost, midweek. The Outpost is the sister cafe of coffee great St Ali. We’d been here a couple of times before on our weekends. Service was never fast but goddamn, they have one of the best French toasts going around. We arrived to a mostly empty cafe at the ungodly hour of 7:20am.
We decided to sit in the cosy and relaxed atmosphere of the front cafe, close to the chef and close to the action. Mr LB and I were both keen on the French toast w/ grilled Istra bacon, candied walnuts and maple syrup [$16.50] and decided that we’d both lay out the old-fashioned Male Vs Female debate on food. I’d also ordered a Phoenix organic apple & mango passion juice [$4] in a vague attempt to try to be healthy (or as healthy as you can be when ordering French toast).
It took a good 30 minutes to create French toast perfection, which unfortunately meant that there was less time for eating and enjoying the beautiful flavours within this dish. Three slices of French toast sticks were served – egg layered on top, stacked with three generous rashes of beautiful, fatty bacon and spattered with candied walnuts and maple syrup. I’m normally only a fan of lean bacon, but for this dish I’ll make the exception.
Let’s start with the toast – soft, sweet and perfectly made, the toast was delightful. The maple syrup easily soaked into the bread without becoming soggy, and the candied walnuts were deliciously crunchy. The bacon added a savoury element to this dish and was perfectly matched with the sweeter elements. They perhaps went slightly overboard with the maple syrup and I must admit that by the end of the meal I felt slightly sick, but I think this had more to do with the fact that I scoffed it down in ten minutes rather than the quality of the meal.
I’ve always enjoyed the food at The Outpost and their lattes here are also magnificent. The experience here is much better during a lazy Sunday with friends or a loved one when you could enjoy a busy but relaxed atmosphere.”
Final thought: “Amazing French Toast”