Elwood Food and Wine – 201 Ormond Rd Elwood – VIC

Posted: August 3, 2014 in Brunch
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Ok, so I’ve been pretty lazy with my blog posts recently. What can I say, I’ve been busy. That’s not to suggest that I haven’t been out and about sampling some of Melbourne’s lovely culinary offerings – I’ve just been to busy to post anything. So here goes – a Brunch post! Elwood Food and Wine has become a semi regular Breakfast brunch place for Katie and I – I mean it’s so easy to get to – about a 10 minute walk…  So on Saturday morning Katie and I decided to head off to some midday brunch action before making our way to the G for the Tigers vs. Giants clash. Pretty much every time we come here I get the same thing – boring I know, but they do it all so well I can’t help myself. Eggs (Either poached or scrambled – depends on my mood), toast, mushrooms, tomatoes, bacon and their amazing baked beans. Since I don’t drink coffee – lets all be honest here, it tastes like something that’s been scrubbed off a burnt oven pan, distilled and then added to hot water – why? Anyway, what was I saying? Ah yes, since I don’t drink that black bilge water, I generally order a nicely civilised pot of English breakfast or if I’m feeling adventurous, perhaps an Earl Grey. Saturday morning was no different. I love the fact that they have moved back to tea pots instead of those weird and complicated glasses with the infuser thingy that I just dripped everywhere – how is one supposed to look civilised whilst spilling ones tea everywhere?? I love the ritual of pouring tea from a tea pot, and I also love the little touch of the tiny teddy biscuit on the side.

On to the breakfast itself – now I generally don’t grade a breakfast based on the eggs, it’s pointless really – they really shouldn’t be too much variation in poached eggs. Although if they stuff this up then it’s unlikely that I’d be going back anytime soon. What I do look at are those “differentiating factors”. For me it’s the bacon, the toast and the baked beans. I hate places the serve short cut middle bacon with all the fat removed – what’s the point, you may as well serve ham! If I wanted to be healthy I wouldn’t order bacon…  The bacon should include the streaky section and it should be cooked, not warmed and soggy. I also hate think cut sour dough toast – you can’t cut it – the crust is like concrete! You can’t eat it without cutting up the inside of your mouth, and although it looks lovely, it’s completely impractical. On both points, Elwood Food and Wine scores well, they serve the whole slice of bacon, nicely cooked. And their toast is thin cut sour dough bread, which still has the lovely rustic flavour but is also practical to eat. Finally we move onto the baked beans – I’m a baked bean lover. If you serve me canned beans for breakfast (and I’m not at a truck stop in the middle of nowhere – in this case I understand) I’m not going to be pleased. Elwood Food and Wine do an outstanding baked bean (Ok, generally more than one outstanding bean, if fact I’d go so far as to say all of their beans that are baked are outstanding…) – house made with a fresh light sauce accompanying the beans which are cooked al dente. They also give you quite a generous serve so you wont be hungry afterwards. Price wise this place is fairly similar to most places around Elwood – not exactly cheap, but reasonable and good quality – you can’t go wrong here. I highly recommend if you are in the area and feel like a nice brunch in a nice location.

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  1. YUM!! Food looks amazing 🙂

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