Fo0die dined as a guest of Enter Neighbour and as such, the rating does not give any consideration to customer service.
Enter Neighbour is conveniently located on a busy street with route 75 tram stop just outside the cafe and Hartwell train station up the street. We parked on Camberwell Road where the venue is located which had no limit on a Sunday and an hour between Monday to Saturday. The venue itself takes reservations which is recommended especially if you plan to come after 10am on a Sunday as large groups came in during the time we dined.
The owner and also barista at the time we dined (the venue was training a barista), opened the cafe in 2017 and closed for a short while to do some renovations before opening again early 2018 in February.
As we approached the venue, two seats by the street under some shelter welcomed us. Walking through the door of the cafe, the right side has a standing waiting area with a bench filled with newspapers, both from the previous day (for those catching up) and current day. The coffee counter and a small glass cabinet for quick takeaway goodies occupies the rest of the right area of this section of the cafe. On the left is a small seating area filled with large orange timber tables (this is where we sat).
Walking further into the venue and through what once must have had a door and is now just an opening, a separate dining area with more tables is available. Walking even further, there’s a small courtyard which is filled with small tables, suitable for two guests (noting there is no heating or shelter here).
The A4 double sided menu contains an all day menu on one side with options ranging from the basic breakfast options through to a little step up from the basic brekky options through to the more heavier burger options. On the other side is the drinks menu offering coffee (Axil coffee roasters), hot chocolate (Mork and KoKo Deluxe), loose leaf tea, milkshakes, fresh juice and smoothies. With no matcha latte in sight, Mr J opted for an English breakfast while I had my usual mocha which had a lovely dark chocolate flavour with a coffee finish.
Mr J’s hash was very crispy, not overly strong on the herb flavour and more on the mash potato texture. This was served with a lovely sauteed greens which sat on top of the toast. I had the baked egg which was served with a slice of toast. The baked egg was as one would expect, it was well seasoned with herbs and came out nice and warm with a single egg.
Finishing off with a sweet dish; the scotch pancakes which was not overly sweet (Mr J prefers that). The presentation of the dish is simple with banana which was partially caramelised and coffee soil very lightly dusted around the pancake. Unfortunately the mascarpone was melting by the time it got to our table but flavourwise, it had a good amount of coffee flavour to it and was the highlight of the dish.
With big plans ahead, first step being to obtain a liquor license, we are excited to see what this local cafe will become.
Dishes that make up this review
- Herbed potato hash; sauteed greens and fried brussel sprout, salsa verde and fresh chilli and Shelby’s Dukkah topped with poached egg and toast ($21)
- Baked eggs; spiced beans, house-made ricotta, fresh herbs with a free range egg baked on top served with toast ($14.50)
- Scotch pancakes; Neighbour’s secret coffee mascarpone with caramelised banana, fresh strawberries topped with chocolate sauce and coffee soil ($16.50)
- English breakfast ($4.50)
- Mocha ($3.70)