Mon – Fri: 7am – 4pm
Sat – Sun: 8am – 4pm
Kitchen closes at 3pm
1/32 Bendigo Street
Coffee: Code Black
“The difference between great and legendary is few and far. Channel Nine was once the strongest TV broadcaster/ production company when the internet was a concept dotted on academic’s chalkboards. It was leading the innovation in Australian TV productions, current affairs and the linchpin to the commercial success of Cricket; Channel Nine had the eyeballs of Australia glue to their station. Channel Nine’s success can be attributed to the leader behind the company, Kerry Packer. Consider a legend by many; his personality, assertiveness and thrust for dominance in his business interests has left a mark beyond the walls of Channel Nine.
Those walls include Studio 9 in Richmond. It was once a mecca for where TV magic happened – think the likes of Hey Hey It’s Saturday and the Footy Show – and has slowly been transformed into high-end apartments and unique townhouses. The development created a unique opportunity for co-founders Tom Davidson and Jacob Burke to create a special kind of cafe. Mashing together the heritage facade with modern yet warm decor, Patch Cafe is a stunning cafe to admire and experience. Designed by Studio You Me, the modern elements has a strong Cumulus Inc feel because of its clean and slick and exposed kitchen, while surrounded by the distressed warehouse walls – it’s where Auctions Rooms meets Kettle Black.
Patch Cafe is known for providing a paleo inspired menu. Now before you wave your arms in the air in astonishment, their approach isn’t to preach and persuade, rather the menu – designed by executive chef Brett Tait – aims to provide holistic and memorable food. Patch Cafe do try and cater for the dissenters, offering sourdough bread as an alternative to their paleo bread, salads for vegetarians and their famed French Toast for the sweet tooth. Coffee is also taken seriously, sourcing their blends from Code Black which delivers a strong, yet sweet, house blend long black [$3.50].
Being a man and all, it was easy to be automatically attracted to the meat on meat dish, Cave Man [$22], but being winter, nothing beats a good serving of Baked Eggs tomato, chipotle and chorizo with the option of paleo or sourdough toast [$18]. What was presented was immediately stunning; the baked eggs had a lovely tomato gloss that matched perfectly with the egg yolk. The sauce had a great consistency – thick with a refreshing tomato taste> It was complemented extremely well with the fried pieces of chorizo. Topped with a little garnish and a thick piece of Zeally Bay sourdough was the perfect answer for a wet winter day.
JoJo is currently on a strict clean diet that only permits roughly 30 ingredients a month (don’t ask me how she is doing this!) and unfortunately had to build her own brunch. Sides are often tricky to negotiate as you never know the portion size or whether it will actually work as chefs have limited time to consider how to tackle such orders. Her sides of bacon, spinach, roasted sweet potato and chorizo [$18] was well prepared and a had a good meat to veg ratio.
It’s never easy getting the right balance of decor, food, coffee and service when starting a cafe. Yet, for only operating just over a year, Patch Cafe has done a fabulous job. Matching a unique fit out with a yummy paleo menu makes Patch Cafe superb brunch location. Not just for the meat eaters”
Final thought: “Injection of meat at Studio 9”