G’day fellow café lovers!
Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! I recently caught up for brunch with two of my high school friends Beth and Kate. If you’ve read any of my other reviews you’ll know that I often go out for breakfast with Beth and we both thought that we’d invite our friend Kate to join us for a much needed catch up.
So when we arranged our brunch I turned to my café list to help me pick a place and I thought that this would be a perfect opportunity to out Three Bags Full. I’ve heard so many good things about them and had seen photos of their food online and just knew we had to go there.
Three Bags Full is pretty easy to find as it’s off one of the main roads along Hoddle Street. Parking is a different story, we drove around for a bit looking for somewhere to park and in the end had to park a few side street down and walk back to the café. But the walk was totally worth it! We all enjoyed our time there and all thought our food was fabulous.
FOOD & DRINKS
Three Bags Full have an excellent menu with a number of mouth watering all day breakfasts and brunches to choose from. Three Bags Full proved their customers with ‘treat yourself’ meals that any gym junkie will give into.
The following menu photos were taken at the end of June 2016 and might have changed.
I ordered a latte as I usually do when I visit cafés. It came out relatively quickly and it was nice and hot when it arrived at the table. It had a lovely rich and creamy flavour and had been made very well.
After reading the menu I found out that they use 5 Senses Coffee Beans, which I have found to be one of my favourite blends, along with Axil around Melbourne.
Coffee rating: 4/5
Kate ordered a chai latte, being a huge chai latte fan Kate was quite excited to see it on the menu. It arrived at the table and it wasn’t overly hot as Kate drank it quite quickly. She said that it wasn’t overly flavoursome and was quite disappointed.
Chai rating: 3/5
Beth ordered the malt milkshake and she said that it was average. She said that it wasn’t overly sweet, which was a good thing as she had ordered a sweet breakfast. But she said that she’d had better ones in the past.
Shake rating: 3/5
Beth ordered the twice-baked French toast, which was served with crème patissiere, stewed rhubarb and pistachio. It looked absolutely delicious when it arrived at the table the French toast had a beautiful golden brown colour on the outside. Beth said it was lovely and soft on the inside and had been crispy on the outside.
She said that she loved the flavour combinations and loved how simple the dish was and that there were only a few ingredients involved. She personally feels that some places over complicate the meal by adding too many ingredients and that can spoil the meal.
She also thought that rhubarb had a great flavour and it was lovely and soft and was easy to cut into. There was plenty of crème patissiere to go around and thought that the serving size was very generous.
She said that she would order the meal again and would recommend it to any sweet breakfast fans out there.
Kate ordered the ricotta hotcake, which was served with orange infused mascarpone, seasonal fruit, roasted almond flakes, lemon verbena and crystallised white chocolate.
When it arrived at the table it looked fantastic! The flowers that were of the top of the hotcake along with the fresh strawberries added pops of colour against the white plate and the golden brown hotcake. The pops of colour gave you that happy feeling you get during spring and summer when you see all the beautiful flowers in bloom.
Kate said that the hotcake had an incredible taste. She said that it was nice and fluffy on the inside with a slight crunch on the outside. She also thought that the orange infused mascarpone was quite different to what she’s seen before and thought that it paired really well with the hotcake. The crystallised white chocolate had an usual texture and was something that she hadn’t seen before and thought that it added a great crunch to the soft and fluffy hotcake.
Finally I ordered the Three Bags Benedict, which was served with poached eggs on toast with green hollandaise, herbs and the choice of pork belly or salmon. I picked the pork belly and was excited to try Three Bags Full’s twist on eggs benedict.
When it first arrived at the table both Beth and Kate were wondering why the hollandaise was green instead of the yellow colour it usually is. I loved that it was green that made it different to what other cafés are serving and helps it to stand out of the crowd. I thought that the sauce had a great flavour, it was smooth and was seasoned perfectly. It was also paid really well with the pork belly and helped to balance out the saltiness that the pork brought to the dish.
I loved the pork belly twist to the classic eggs benedict. Let’s be honest we all get sick of the same old dishes and love to try something new or a twist on an old favourite.
In the end I struggled to finish my meal due to the richness of both the pork belly and the hollandaise sauce.
But I would high recommend this dish to any eggs bene lovers out there and I would definitely order this dish again.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
Three Bags Full have a large floor space, with plenty of tables spread throughout two different areas in the café. There are also a hand full of tables outside facing the street, which is perfect on a warm summers day or if you have brought your four legged friend/fur baby with you.
We ended up sitting in the smaller room inside the café; we loved this spot, as it was quieter and more intimate. Three Bags Full was quite busy on that Wednesday morning when we were there, so I can only imagine that it can get quite busy. So I would suggest that you get there before 10 in the morning on the weekends to ensure you get a table, otherwise you might have to wait.
The employees were all super friendly and made us all feel quite welcome. The service was quite fast as both the drinks and meals came out in the time we expected them to.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THREE BAGS FULL
Address: 60 Nicholson Street, Abbotsford, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9421 2732
Monday –Friday –7:00 am- 4:00 pm
Saturday –Sunday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 8.5/10
Have you visited Three Bags Full 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,