Saturday, 17 May 2014

Harry Truman

The intersection of Kerferd Road and Montague Street might not sound like the most peaceful spot to sip on a soy latte, yet by the weekend the triangle outside Albert Park's presidential answer to the Harold Holt cafe is surprisingly calm. Inside Truman is a different matter though, with a veritable army of hipster wait staff carrying intriguing plates, under the watchful eye of an even bigger army of plastic soldiers marching across the ceiling.
The World War reference makes more sense than the pineapple kitsch or teaspoon collection, though the odd assortment of curios makes for a pleasant ambience for the new owners of The Block apartments around the corner, as they wait for their order. Which is handy because the wait can be noticeable, with what feels like all food being cooked by a single stressed chef.
However it is worth the wait. This halloumi breakie squeezes an autumnal pumpkin and leek smash between poached eggs and multi-grain sourdough, and then adds kale pesto, sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds on top for added textural and taste interest. These are just the sort of imaginative dishes that give you a warm feeling about living in these parts, and deciding to venture out for brunch.

Coffee: $3.70 (La Marzocco machine)
Juice: $7.00 (freshly squeezed)
Eggs: $8.80
Licensed: No
Bookings: 9077 1372
Bills as: Truman Corner Store
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