Where: 486 Queens Parade, Clifton Hill
When: Tues-Sat 7.30am-5pm, Sun 8am-5pm
Contact: (03) 9486 1606
I enjoyed my Mixed Business experience so much that I came back a couple of days later to do it all again. The result is that I have discussed a breakfast and a lunch option.
I always think it is particularly in good spirits when a café opens early; Mixed Business opens early and closes late which I believe only adds to their excellent customer relations, they’re completely accommodating and lovely, as long as you can excuse their lack of EFTPOS/CC facilities. Although I’ve never visited at peak times, (I’m sure the place gets busy) the clever sound panels on the ceiling ensure it never feels like a scout-hall. It’s a breezy open space, with lots of natural light and hard floors so they have worked hard to keep the acoustics perfect. Around the back features a green little courtyard with lots of tables for two, shade and potted plants.
Free-range poached eggs on sourdough with potato and rosemary rosti, avocado and house relish ($16)
For my breakfast visit I enjoyed the Free-range poached eggs on sourdough with potato and rosemary rosti, avocado and house relish ($16) The eggs were perfectly poached, the toast already golden with butter and enough avocado and relish to really indulge yourself. I was particularly impressed with the tomato relish, which was one of the best I’ve ever had. The potato and rosemary rosti was strong on the herb front but still excellent. I accompanied breakfast with a cappuccino which was definitely OK but just nowhere near as strong as I like it. My husband ordered a “strong latte” and it was so strong it came out bitter. A bit of a conundrum.
On my lunch visit I ordered the Pork and fennel meatball hot roll cooked in tomato sauce with basil, Parmesan and pickled shallot ($9.5) Piping hot indeed, this roll was every bit worth the reasonable price tag and then some. The tomato sauce avoided all blandness (which can sometimes happen) and there were plenty of crunchy salady bits as well as the fennel to keep it interesting. The meatballs themselves were really substantial and juicy although occasionally gristly. Top quality Parmesan and a fantastic bread roll (I suspect from Dench) brought it all home; completely delicious.
Pork and fennel meatball hot roll cooked in tomato sauce with basil, Parmesan and pickled shallot ($9.50)
I washed lunch down with the Lemon and mint soda ($4.5). I’m not sure why this was called a soda as there was nothing carbonated about it, it was really a crushie. Not that I had much to complain about, the drink was a perfect balance of sweet and sour with the coolness of the fresh mint brought to life by the snowy iced consistency. Perfect on a hot day.
With its stand-out service and consistently good fare, Mixed Business has quickly become a new favourite of mine.
Lemon and mint soda ($4.50)