60 Chapel St
Mon – Fri: 7am – 3:30pm
Sat – Sun: 8am – 3:30pm
Coffee: Industry Beans
“Eating healthy is most certainly a dominant theme that is only becoming more and more prominent in Melbourne’s dining scene, particularly brunch. Starting with “wholesome”, moving to “fresh” then cutting down the supply chain and sourcing food “from paddock to plate”, cafes are elbowing each other to get to the best end product in the healthiest way possible. Most certainly you can sense the theme in many of our recent reviews – Little Sunflower cafe, A Thousand Blessings, Scarvelli and many more. So when G and I visited Uncommon. in Windsor, we were skeptical about their differentiator.
This cafe has only been open since December 2015 and when we arrived around 10am on a Saturday, the venue was pumping. The music was going, and there was a lot of noise! We were outdoors as we came with our pup, but I think I would have preferred it anyway. While the interior was trendy with white walls, dark furniture and great use of suspending plants; the acoustics of the venue were loud and echoey, similar to Pillar of Salt.
We were very lucky to get a seat outside within minutes of arrival. Outdoor seating is limited so be warned if you are bringing your fluffy one. We ordered our black coffees, me a double espresso and G a long black.
My coffee was very sweet without the brightness or acidity I’m used to. It had notes of what I interpreted as cherry and strawberries and was a pleasant way to get my brunch started.
For mains I ordered the Hand sliced salmon pastrami on pumpernickel, soft herb scrambled eggs, whipped honey, salted kernels, and chilli capers [$17.50] add bacon [+$5]. My generous serve of eggs was delicious – not too rich at all. The toasted sesame and other seeds added a beautifully nuttiness and mild crunch to the dish. The greens in the eggs were well balanced – no element overpowered the other which resulted in harmony on a plate. The whipped honey was the most powerful thing on the plate and was very sweet and tasty with the salmon pastrami. The salmon was nicely cured and the slices were meaty and fresh.
My side of bacon was delicious. I don’t know what they cooked it in, but it had a delicate hint of sweetness that surprisingly balanced the typical bitterness of the bacon. G exclaimed that it’s the best bacon he’s ever had in his life(!) and I dare say I might just agree with him!
He quite rightly observed that it was almost like the bacon was dry rubbed and then cooked, which is why it is a little darker in colour. It was served with lemon, adding a zestiness to the side. The pieces were rashes and so you can expect some fat in your bacon.
G had the 90% banana and golden flaxseed piklets, Yarra Valley strawberries, cherries, poached green pawpaw, pure maple, toasted milk [$15.50]. I’m not sure what on earth is toasted milk, but the piklets were tasty and very easy to eat. G observed that they were dense and moist. He felt the fruit was fresh and acted as a pleasant contrast to the density of the pikelets.
Uncommon. is a great space dishing up generous sized brunches that are filling and fresh. I loved the homewares here – interesting water cups, coffee cups contrasted with understated plates let the dishes do the talking. A great place to come for a hearty, healthy meal. Oh, and damn good bacon.”
Final thought: “Healthy, hearty and tasty with the best bacon going around”