Vincent the Dog (Carlton) 7.5/10

How’s it going café lovers?

IMG_1086Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! I found Vincent the Dog over a year ago while looking at food photos on Instagram. I wrote down the name on my café list and looked forward to the day that someone would want to accompany me to this café.At last I found someone, my friend Beth! When I told her the name of this café she jumped at the idea about going to a café that is named after a dog.

Located in Carlton, just a stones throw away from the famous Lygon street lies Vincent the Dog. But trying to find a parking spot in this area can be quite challenging. A lot of the available parking spots are either for 15 minutes or one hour. I honestly feel like an hour is not enough time to actually enjoy your breakfast. There’s nothing worse than having watch the time and run out to quickly move your car. We drove around for at least 15 minutes trying to find somewhere to park. We ended up parking down a side street, where we were able to find a two-hour spot. Just keep this in mind if you are looking at visiting Vincent the Dog.

FOOD & DRINKS 

Vincent the Dog has an eclectic menu which is filled with unusual dishes such as the Chinese donut. Have a look at their Asian inspired menu below and decide if you’re brave enough to try some of these unusual meals. The following were their meals in late April 2016 and might have changed.

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Vincent the Dog menu (April 2016)
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Vincent the Dog drinks menu (April 2016)

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I ordered a latte and thought that it was a great coffee. It had a fantastic rich flavour that left a incredible after taste. It came to the table nice and hot and came within five minutes of ordering it. I just thought that it was very small for the price that I paid. It was slightly more expensive than most cafés and it was tiny!

Coffee rating: 3/5    3 out of 5

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Latte ($4.00)

I ended up ordering the smashed avocado on toast, which was served with feta cheese, radish and cherry tomato and I added a poached egg. I was quite disappointed with the size of the meal; I was expecting a larger serving. I was also frustrated that it cost $3.50 for one poached egg. I think that is incredibly expensive for something that is so simple and that is so small.

The egg was also slightly over cooked for my liking, I like cutting into the poached egg and seeing the yolk run across my plate. But the avo and feta mix tasted great and it was seasoned really well. This would be a good-sized meal for someone who wasn’t overly hungry or someone just looking for a light snack. As I was quite hungry on that cold and rainy Melbourne morning I was still hungry.

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Smashed avocado on toast with feta cheese, radish and cherry tomato ($9.50) + poached egg ($3.50)

Beth ended up ordering the berry waffle, which was served with a mixed berry compote and mascarpone and whipped cream. She said that she loved the berries as they weren’t sour and weren’t sickly sweet. They had the perfect balance of sweetness that helped to add a natural sweetness to the waffles. The mascarpone and whipped cream was delicious and as light and fluffy and added an extra depth and richness to the waffles. She felt that the waffles had a great flavour, but thought that they were a little too dark and crunchy for her liking. She said that she prefers them to be a little softer and fluffier in the middle.

She really enjoyed her meal and said that she would order them again, but would ask them to reduce the cooking time to ensure they weren’t as crunchy.

We both thought that the price for the waffles were very reasonable as you get quite a large serving for the small price.

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Berry waffle served with a mixed berry compote and mascarpone and whipped cream ($12.90)

ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE

IMG_1082Vincent the Dog is quite a small café. They have a large shared table inside and a few seats along the window looking out on to the street. They also have a few tables outside under a cover and at the front overlooking the street. When we went it was quite busy and had to sit at the shared table. Both Beth and I are not huge fans of shared tables as we feel it’s a bit awkward and feel we are sitting in and disturbing other people. We also feel that people are more likely to listen in to our conversations and that makes us feel a little uncomfortable.

Vincent the Dog has unusual artwork, with one of the pieces being an old Apple computer taken apart. Against the other wall of the café sits a shelf with a number of different products that can be used to make coffee. It’s all quite a different way to decorate a café, but each to their own. This at least makes it very different to other cafés that I’ve been to in the past as they have stepped away from having exposed bricks.

The employees were all very friendly and walked around which giant smiles on their faces. They all made us feel very welcome as soon as we walked in.

IMG_1083The grey walls and the exposed light bulbs hanging over the coffee machine give this place an industrial feel. While the wooden floors of the café added warmth and character to the place against its harsh grey wall and unusual artwork.

The giant green plant in the middle of the shared table adds some colour to the café. The bright green brings some life and warmth into the rather industrial looking sight. I guess the plant also acts like a bit of a separator and gives you a bit of privacy when sitting at the shared table.

 

 

 

OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT VINCENT THE DOG

Address: 348 Drummond Street, Carlton, Melbourne, (Vic)

Phone: (03) 9348 2068

Operating Hours: 

Monday –Friday  –7:00 am- 4:00 pm                               

Saturday –Sunday – 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Facebook: here

Map: here

Vincent the dog information

CAFÉ RATING = 7.5/10 

Have you visited Vincent the Dog 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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