40 Crockford Street,
Mon-Fri: 7am – 3pm
Sat-Sun: 8am – 4pm
Coffee: Proud Mary
“Blogging can be a real process sometimes. It’s time consuming to think of the storyline (if indeed there is a theme to tie into), craft the blog and spell check, edit the photos and so forth. Mr LB especially likes to write long articles that weave a theme around the cafe he is looking to review. Me? I like to keep a long story short, and get to the point in my reviews. And so that brings me to my cafe of choice – Long Story Short, Port Melbourne.
Located on the corner of Ingles and Crockford streets, this cafe is easy to miss and yet, unmissable once spotted. The interior is large, bright and welcoming. The furniture, a mix of medium-grained woods with black frames and indoor greenery make the environment more cosy. What’s interesting about Long Story Short is that this cafe (and its crew), used to be located in Richmond. Overnight it closed its doors on June 12 and opened its doors in Port Melbourne on June 13. What an effort!
There was no wait when G and I arrived and we took a seat around the corner out of sight, looking out towards Ingles street. There was a nice selection of newspapers much to G’s delight, and the service was prompt and friendly.
The menu here is non-threatening and safe for any brunch goer. It’s worth mentioning they do a soft shell crab burger for those who are so inclined, but I must admit I was taken by the Arturo’s Corn Fritters, poached eggs, Riso Venere salad, spicy paprika, babaganoush, creme friache, smoked almonds, kimchi popcorn, baby lemon balm [$18, vegan] add bacon [$5], along with a double espresso [$4]. The coffee here is by Proud Mary and was a sweet mouthful of stone-fruits.
The food was served super quickly- within about 10 to 15 minutes! Our dishes were both beautifully presented and G’s dish of Buttermilk Tim Tam Pancakes, poached Nashis, vanilla peanuts, mascarpone chocolate soup and crispies, Tim Tam gelato [$17] add bacon [$5] (in-line with his Elvis-style breakfast obsession) was the winner of the day from a presentation stand point.
I started with one of my two poached eggs, easily slicing through the skin to allow the rich creamy yolk out. I really liked that the yolk was hot inside – fresh out of the pot. The Kimchi popcorn was next in line and I must admit it was a little chewy (not crisp like I would have hoped), but had a nice hit of the kimchi flavour with an afterburn that lingers. The corn fritters were doughy and perhaps slightly undercooked compared to similar-style corn fritters I’ve had in the past. The venere salad was super delicious with beautiful combination of black rice, pepitas and smooth avocado that was a little hot from the spicy paprika.
While all the elements were just okay on their own, this dish really came together when everything was mixed together. Even the doughy fritters worked well with the hot yolk, salty bacon, spicy avo and creamy friache.
G described his dish as “chocolate ten ways”, with the mix of the chocolate soup, chocolate crisps and Tim Tam “nuggets”. His dish was very rich and he commented that you would need to be in the mood for a chocolate fix in order to enjoy this meal – which he did! The use of the chocolate soup was an interesting change to the typical maple syrup, and the pears were perfectly poached.
Overall we found Long Story Short a great, no fuss cafe to relax at on our weekend. It was fast, clean with nice acoustics to the venue. The food was delicious and hearty, with some minor improvement opportunities in order to achieve the finishing touches on the mains.”
Final thought: “Amazing Tim Tam pancakes”