My Other Brother (Camberwell) 8.5/10

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Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! I hope that you are well and have been out there exploring and trying some good food. I hope that this review inspires you to drive out to Camberwell and give this place a go.

I once again met up with two University friends Maddy and Flick. After graduating last year we don’t get to see each other as often as we use to so we try and catch up at least once a month for a good chat. It was a beautiful sunny Sunday morning when we went, which means we were there for the Camberwell Sunday market. This café is right next to the market, which means you can shop till you drop and enjoy a great coffee and meal, while you admire all the things that you bought. With all that in mind, this café was extremely busy on that Sunday morning and I struggled to find a table. But if you have to wait, I can guarantee you that it will be worth it.

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FOOD & DRINKS 

The menu at My Other Brother (MOB) is pretty good. They have a great selection of breakfasts and light lunches. They even serve cocktails and wine, as they say it’s 5’oclock somewhere in the world so why not!

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My Other Brother Menu

Maddy first ordered an iced chocolate, which was served in a mason jar. The serving size was quite generous and had a delicious rich chocolate flavour. Maddy said that it was amazing and that she would recommend it any chocolate lovers out there. She loved it so much that I think she finished it within five minutes.

Iced chocolate rating: 5/5   5 out of 5

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Iced chocolate with ice cream ($7.50)

I ordered a latte and I have to say that it was one of the best coffees that I have had in a very long time. It was nice and hot when it arrived at the table and had the most amazing rich flavour. It’s slightly more expensive than other cafe’s in the area, but I think its definitely worth it.

Coffee rating: 5/5   5 out of 5

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Latte ($4.20)

Flick ordered a long black, which is quite different for her as she usually orders tea. She’s not usually a fan of coffee, but she said that this one was great! It was one of the better coffees that she has had and she would definitely try it again in the future.

Coffee rating: 4/5    4 out of 5

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Long Black ($4.20)

Once Maddy had finished with her iced chocolate she ordered a cappuccino. She was delighted at how amazing she thought it was. When I asked her what she would rate it, she didn’t hesitate to say 5 out of 5.

Coffee rating: 5/5  5 out of 5

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Cappuccino ($4.20)

All the drinks came out very quickly and all the coffees were served hot. I would highly recommend this place for any coffee lovers out there.

After studying the menu, Maddy decided that she would try the kohlrabi and teff fritters which was served with salted ricotta, bacon, smoked tomato relish and a poached egg. She decided to add an extra serving of bacon as she was craving bacon. She said that she was so happy that she ordered the extra bacon as she said that it tasted amazing and made this dish taste even better. The dish had a perfect combination of salt and seasoning.

The ricotta added an extra creaminess and made the dish very rich and filling. The poached egg was cooked perfectly! The tomato relished helped to break up the saltiness of the dish, by adding a slight acidic element to the dish. She said that it was a very interesting dish and would definitely order it again.

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Kohlrabi and teff fritters served with salted ricotta, bacon, smoked tomato relish and a poached egg ($20)

Flick ordered the glazed bagel burger, which was served with buttermilk fired chicken, crunchy pantelle slaw and spicy ranch sauce. She said that it was spicy and succulent and tasted like “an Indian fiesta at dusk on a warm Autumn Tuesday”. This is a direct quote from Flick when I asked her to describe her meal.

However, she said that the bagel was slightly to sugary for her taste but the pantelle slaw helped to balance out the bagel and the spicy chicken. She also said that the chicken had a beautiful crunch to it and she loved the sauce so much she wished the café would bottle and sell it to customers.

She said that she was left feeling quite full and satisfied.

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Glazed bagel burger served with buttermilk fired chicken, crunchy pantelle slaw and spicy ranch sauce ($19)

I ordered the orange and ricotta hotcakes, which should come as no, surprise if you have read any of my previous blogs. I love love LOVE hotcakes/pancakes. This was served with grapefruit curd, strawberries, cocoa nib meringue and vanilla mascarpone.

I love ordering dishes that I know that I can’t make myself at home. I’m not usually a fan of orange flavour things, such as cakes and biscuits, but I was so intrigued that I had to give it a try. I was so happy that I did. These were some of the best hotcakes that I’ve had in a long time. The hotcakes themselves were beautiful and fluffy and felt as if you were chewing on fluffy clouds.

I was so scared that the orange flavour would over power the dish, but instead it complement every item and ingredient on the plate. Seriously everything on this plate made the dish INCREDIABLE!!! The grapefruit curd was amazing! I thought that it was going to be bitter, but instead it had this beautiful rich creamy flavour that helped to break the sweetness of the other ingredients. The pieces of meringue were chewy and added an interesting texture against the fluffy hotcakes and the silky grapefruit curd.

This presentation on the plate was fantastic. It almost looks like the chef stood in the kitchen with tweezers placing every element with such care. It honestly looked like an artwork.

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Orange and ricotta hotcakes served with grapefruit curd, strawberries, cocoa nib meringue and vanilla mascarpone ($18.50)

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ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE

This a great spot to bring your dog to as they are very dog friendly. Maddy bought her pug Vinny and her border collie Zeke and they had a marvellous time. The employees are so friendly and accommodating and even bought out a bowl of water for the dogs.

The only thing that the girls and I didn’t like was that it was very sunny outside and we wished that the shade cloth would cover more of the outside area. The sun kept going in our eyes, making our experience slightly less enjoyable. Also Flick wished that all the chairs had backs to them. The ones that we were sitting on outside were more of a stool than a chair and therefore weren’t as comfortable. Also Flick wished that they had larger water glasses.

Other than that, all the employees that this café were GREAT! They were super helpful and friendly. When I got there it was very busy and I asked for a table for three outside. One of the employees kept moving me until I finally had a table that was big enough and that had room for the dogs to sit comfortably next to. The staff members are all warm and welcoming and you automatically feel like you’re one of their friends. The greet everyone with a warm smile and are not to pushy to get you to order and eat quickly. Most busy cafés I feel like they rush you, as they want your table for someone else. Here they are very relaxed and you don’t feel pressured to eat your food quickly.

Sitting outside was fantastic! It was a sunny day when we went and it was during the Sunday market, so there were plenty of people rushing around. The market gives this café such a great vibe as you can watch the people shop as you drink your coffee.

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OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT MY OTHER BROTHER

Address: 586 Burke Road, Camberwell, Melbourne, (Vic)

Phone: (03) 9804 0155

Operating Hours: 

Monday –Friday  –7:30 am- 5:00 pm                               

Saturday – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Sunday – 7:00 am – 5:00 pm

MOB information
Parking can be quite difficult on Sundays during the times that the Market is open

 CAFÉ RATING = 8.5/10 

Have you visited My Other Brother before? Tell me what you thought of it. Do you have any suggestions of cafe’s to visit?

Comment down below, I’m always looking for somewhere new to try.

Until next time,

Happy eating

-Kim

 

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