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‘It’s in docklands, but…’ – anonymous bloggers, food journalists and writers alike
“The Docklands. The once ugly and undesirable spot of inner city Melbourne is getting some much needed foodie attention. Retailers might be leaving, but promising cafes and restaurants are starting to make their mark. With a strong workforce already populating the streets of Docklands, it’s clear that these Melbournians need quality food and beverages – stat! One company has seized on this opportunity to deliver great food, coffee and beverages alike. The Walker Evans Baker Restaurant Group is taking the ambitious and courageous move to open not one, but five establishments in the newly developed Collins Square. The latest is a cafe with a cheeky pun – Long Shot.
Long Shot is located inside the connecting foyer of the five towers which make up Collins Square. The inside floor space is wide and somewhat narrow with floor to roof windows that showcases the inviting atmosphere. While inside seating is limited (there are plans to use the communal passage for further seating) it’s the barista station and cabinet that need no introduction. The coffees are being brewed using the St Ali blend and the baked in-house goods by Jo Barrett (previously Movida Bakery) create some serious temptation.
Long Shot has the capability and talent to create something special and unique. Gavin Baker, one of the owners, is proud in providing his kitchen staff with the equipment necessary to give Long Shot, Bar Nacional and the other soon-to-be open dining spaces a defining identity. Armed to the teeth in specialty kitchenware, the menu at Long Shot shows the equipment has been used to its full potential. From baking their bread and baked goods, creating flavoured milk to developing their signature Handmade cereal, activated seeds & nuts, ice cold Elgaar Farm [$12.50].
The Soft cooked free range eggs, maple glazed bacon, seeded sourdough [$14.50] was a solid performer. The various seeds from the sourdough provided a fantastic nutty texture which was well matched with the creamy scrambled eggs. The bacon steak was delicious, perfectly cut and superbly tender. It was topped with maple glazing which made for a strong performing weekday brunch that I would happy to eat again and again.
Gavin was pretty excited about the quality of the chef’s smoked rib beef and he provided us with a sample. The meat had a lovely smoky texture that was so good I couldn’t help but go for seconds.
David from The World Loves Melbourne, decided on trying a more manly meal than myself – ordering the Cassoulet, merguez sausages, soft cooked egg & persillade [$17] and looked delicious.
Elisa from Nouveau Potato is an avid vegetarian in her own right. While her dish wasn’t on the menu, Gavin was willing to provide vegetarian dish to dazzle her in the morning – Poached Eggs with fried potato.
Is Long Shot the answer to the rebranding of Docklands? Perhaps not on its own, however, what they have provided is a strong standard. A standard that other competitors will have to address if they wish to still to continue to do business. It’s this quality and enthusiasm that will change perception to a once ignored corner of inner city Melbourne.
Final thought: “Enter a cafe in Docklands worthy of visiting”