1B, 555 Flinders Lane
Mon – Fri: 6:30am – 4:30pm
Sat – Sun: 7am – 2pm
Coffee: The Maling Room
“They’re a strange things, mornings. Monday to Friday when you need to be up and at them from the get go, I wake up exhausted. Yet when I’m on holiday I feel bright and sparkly first thing, ready to get into the day. On the day this blog was written, I was up extra early to meet some friends out for brunch at inner city cafe, Cherry & Twigs. A quick search of the venue didn’t offer up many reviews on the venue, but I saw their interest in specialty coffee and that was enough to get me started interested.
Arriving there early morning, the venue was not far from The Grain Store. That part of the city is an urban jungle of morbid grey slabs of concrete, but the cafe itself was a bright open air venue and spilling onto Downie Lane – despite its Flinders lane address. It had a very simple outfit, with a large communal table in the front and some smaller tables for two towards the back left hand side. There was a bare ‘cherry tree’ that made its way along the back wall, cleverly used as a prop to fix lights to.
The barista station was to the right and there were two very friendly gentlemen attending to customers as they came and went, clutching their take away cups.
The coffee here is by The Maling Room and was very bright and citrusy. For breakfast I ordered was the Eggs Benedict with ham and homemade hollandaise sauce [$16] and my friends ordered the Smashed avocado on toast with mint and feta cheese, black pepper and a poached egg [$12.50].
The Eggs Benedict was tasty but perhaps missing the spark that somewhere like Pillar of Salt or Two Birds One Stone might deliver upon. The ham was really fresh and tasty, you could tell from the thickness of the slice and the grain of the meat; superb. My eggs were perfectly poached and gooey, adding sweetness to the hollandaise; which, on its own was creamy but thinner than what I’m used to.
Smashed avocado on toast with mint peas and feta cheese, black pepper and a poached egg
The service here at Cherry & Twigs is really worth something to reinforce; the staff here were so kind and inviting and the coffee was darn good. Cherry & Twigs is a great place to pop in for a weekday brunch if you’re looking for something served up a bit faster than what the bigger brunch CBD houses can offer.”
Final thought: “Beautiful coffee by The Maling Room”