156 Tennyson St
(03) 9531 7364
Monday – Sunday 7am- 5pm
Coffee: Dukes house bend
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s, a written masterpiece by Truman Capote and a motion picture in 1961 with outstanding performance by Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard. A story that is enchanting, witty and moving. A lot of men (including myself) or ladies would have loved the opportunity to be in the story and witness the charming and charismatic New Yorker. With the closing scene where the lights fade in the background – can the fairy tale charm continue? Well there is one cafe which has continued the “Tiffany charm” in the streets of Elsternwick – Tiffanys on Tennyson.
Tiffanys on Tennyson is a cute and confined cafe located within the leafy and picturesque strip shops on Tennyson Street. Space is limited (just like Holly’s apartment) with some seating inside the brick featured room, however there is seating outside. The decor inside is simple with a number of frames hanging on the wall with little ornaments. It was a cold day when we arrived and as expected all indoor seating was occupied.
Tiffanys on Tennyson sources coffee by Dukes Coffee Roasters, a favourite coffee blend of mine on the south side of town. Dukes offered an impressive brew, as they have perfected their roasting technique over a number of years to deliver a consistent and delightful house blend. Their bean is usually sourced from Brazil (however that is dependent on the season) and delivers fresh fruity notes which leaves a crisp aftertaste. It is a flavour which entices your taste buds for more and on this occasion my coffee sure delivered the Duke’s legacy. On a critical note my drink was a little weak due to the additional water, however, overall it was decent.
For a little setup, Tiffanys on Tennyson has a good brunch menu which includes the likes of The Brekkie Pizza- a light pizza base with a base of tomato, smoked bacon, shredded mozzarella and two fried eggs [$12]. Game? I was looking for something hearty and fresh and I was allured by the Brekkie Wrap- scrambled eggs with fresh spinach, bacon, avocado and bush tomato relished wrapped in roti bread [$15.50].
Presentation was outstanding, served on a wooden chopping board and stacked beautifully so all the filling can be seen. The roti bread was impressively fresh and crisp on the outside but doughy on the inside. The scrambled eggs were fluffy and slightly moist which went well with the juicy bacon and avocado. What brought the dish together making it an absolute delight was the tomato relish. It had a fresh tomato taste with a hint of sweetness which had enhanced the fillings, making it enjoyable with every bite.
Tiffanys on Tennyson is a cafe which you would only stumble upon if you knew the area or had a friend who told you about it. With its size and location it is not trying to get every punter from all over Melbourne for brunch, rather it is a friendly and community base cafe which serves decent coffee and brunch food. If you are tired of going to Ormond Road, maybe it is time to venture to the leafy street of Tennyson and dine with Tiffany.”
“I keep telling Mr LB that we really need to venture to the other side of the city and head down to places like De Clieu and Birdman Eating, but fate always has it that we end up in the Inner South Eastern cafes. Elly had just returned from a holiday in Greece (what a bitch!) and it had been a few week since I’d caught up with my best friend Toy, so we decided to go to a cafe nearby – Tiffanys on Tennyson to be exact.
Naturally the name would make anyone think of the glorious Audrey Hepburn in one of her most famous roles as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I’d like to think I looked as half as amazing as this:
..but let’s be honest, I looked about as glamorous as a toothpick in comparison to the above vision. But a casual look was much better suited to the little cafe on Tennyson, decked with a wooden interior and a little street-facing window which looks into the barista station.
I ordered my Dukes soy latte (always a favourite) as well as the Veggie Breakfast – poached eggs with wilted spinach, oven dried tomatoes, potato rosti, roasted mushrooms and Greek style baked cannellini beans served with your choice of toast [$16.50]. Given that we were on a very thin bench outside, some re-arranging had to be done once our coffees and meals arrived.
Lets start with the mushrooms – they were full of juice and had the right amount of saltiness. I assumed they were cooked in balsamic vinegar, but they lacked that vinegar taste, which was good. The poached eggs were gooey and lovely to mop up with the bread. It was a bit of a shame that the eggs were not sculpted, but I guess you could consider this a ‘homely’ charm. The tomatoes were deliciously juicy, despite being nice and warm out of the oven. The spinach was soft without being gooey, and the potato rosti was a delicious addition without being anything too special. The baked cannellini (made to share for Elly and myself) was very filling with a tomato sauce covering the beans.
While I enjoyed my food, I felt that it was quite average. While all the elements worked well together on the plate, I felt that Tiffanys on Tennyson failed to push the boundaries when it came to brunch. The girls seemed pleased though and we couldn’t help but giggle when Elly ordered the Veggie breakfast add bacon [$4.50].
Toy, on the other hand, went for a customised breakfast of Poached Eggs with toast add avocado, mushrooms and bacon. It looked far too healthy.
Tiffanys on Tennyson is a lovely local cafe, suited to a no-fuss weekend catch-up with your friends. There’s no queue, no pretentious air, good coffee and filling food.”
Final Thought: “Community cafe with a standard brunch menu”