Please note: Foodie Melbourne dined at Cafe Three One Two One as a guest.
A friend and I ventured to this bustling Richmond cafe, named after the trendy Richmond postcode, for a Saturday brunch last week. You would be forgiven for knowing this cafe as the ‘Rhino Cafe’ as some locals call it, after the huge Rhinoceros street art on the side of the building. This was already there when the owners purchased the cafe and gave it a recent revamp and renovation (rhinovation?) and have embraced the ‘Rhino Cafe’ by making it a quirky logo for the cafe, and even working with charities to save the African Rhino, something I thought was very admirable.
Aesthetically and food-wise, this cafe has everything you need in a brunch local. A large covered street-side eating area means you can enjoy the nicer weather but not worry if it begins to rain, and the tables were spread apart quite nicely unlike other outdoor eating areas in the inner suburbs. Inside, the restaurant is colourful and spacious. Service was great, served with a smile and wearing some very cute ‘Save the Rhino’ t-shirts.
We had been invited to come along and try the cafe’s recently revealed new Spring menu, and the huge variety of absolutely delicious sounding Spring options led to much indecision for us. I was really glad I made the choice to have the very photogenic Panko Crumbed Eggs with sourdough, mint yogurt, beetroot relish, dukkah and grilled haloumi. As if eggs aren’t already good enough without crumbing them and frying them, then pairing them with gorgeous Middle Eastern flavors and haloumi… Seriously, haloumi makes any dish seem ridiculously decadent! I love a good fusion breakfast, and this was something I would happily order this again. The only thing I think would make it better would be to serve it with maybe a sourdough, or even a flat-bread or Turkish bread. The other elements are so exciting that the bread needs to keep up with them!
As tempting as it was to try one of the much Instagrammed Spiked Shakes (look them up, they are to die for!) I decided to be a good little foodie and stick with a cold pressed juice from Julian’s Organics, a local supplier of organic, cold-pressed juices in a variety of interesting and yummy flavours.
Hope you had a delicious weekend,