G’day fellow café lovers!
Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! I hope you all are well and are out there enjoying some fantastic food. I recently went with my friend Beth after she said she wanted to try a place that had red velvet pancakes. After doing some research I saw that Naughty Boy Café had red velvet pancakes and thought that this would be the best place to go.
We went on a Wednesday morning and were lucky that it was relatively quite, so we found a table really easily. But I can imagine that it would be quite busy over the weekends, so make sure you get there early or you might have to wait for a table.
Naughty Boy Café was really easy to find, as it is very close to the old Melbourne Cemetery on Lyon Street. We managed to find parking up the side street next to the café, so hopefully if you visit this café you’d find something.
FOOD & DRINKS
Naughty Boy Café has a fantastic menu! They have a great selection of both sweet and savoury dishes that will have your mouth-watering. They also have the most delicious sounding milkshakes that we both wished we had space for. But as we were there quite early in the morning and Beth planed to get a sweet breakfast, we thought we’d pass on the Instashakes. But we both know we’ll have to go back and give one a try.
The following photos were taken in September 2016 and the menus might have changed since then.
I ended up ordering cappuccino and I thought that it had a fantastic flavour. It was rich and creamy flavour and I would definitely go back for another. We were both happy that the coffee’s came to the table quite quickly after ordering.
Coffee rating: 4/5
Beth ordered her usual, which was a chai latte. She said that it had a fantastic flavour and was glad that it wasn’t too sweet. She also loved that it was nice and hot as so many cafés serve their coffee at a much cooler temperature.
Chai rating: 3/5
Beth ordered the red velvet pancakes, which were served with seasonal berries, ruby grapefruit, meringue kisses, vanilla mascarpone and popping candy. Beth said that she really enjoyed the chocolate crumb around the plate, as she thought that it helped to build the red velvet picture and concept.
She loved the popping candy and thought that they added an interesting element to the dish.
She did say that the red velvet flavour wasn’t very strong and that if she had her eyes closed she wouldn’t have know they were red velvet. To her they tasted more like regular pancakes. She wished that they could have incorporated some cream cheese into the dish, as cream cheese always gets served with red velvet dishes.
But she said that the pancakes were fluffy and cooked really well and that she would order them again.
I ordered the rustic rosti- potato and kumara rosti with poached eggs, smoked salmon and pea and horseradish puree. I loved the colour contrasts on the plate, with the bright green of the pea puree against the pink of the smoked salmon and the golden brown of the rosti.
I thought that the potato rosti was fantastic! It was perfectly seasoned and had an excellent crunch on the outside, while the inside was soft and fluffy on the inside. The rosti and the pea and horseradish puree were like a match made in heaven! I’m not usually a fan of smoked salmon, but I thought that it was a great addition to this dish. The smoked flavour of the salmon went really well with the rosti and actually made the dish quite rich.
I was disappointed that the eggs were over cooked. I love cutting into my poached eggs and seeing the egg yolks run across the plate and mix with the other elements. But this time it did not happen, which made the dish slightly less enjoyable.
But overall, I thought that it was a great dish and I would most likely order it again.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
Naughty Boy has quite a large floor space with quite a number of tables throughout the café. I personally don’t like the peeling paint/exposed brick of the one wall. I personally feel that it looks a bit dirty and untidy. But to some people I’m sure it looks trendy and modem. There are also a few tables outside the front of the café which would be perfect on a warm Melbourne summer’s day or if you’ve bought your fur baby with you.
Both Beth and I felt that the café had a really relaxed atmosphere. The staff members were all really friendly and welcoming. We both felt that we could sit there all day drinking coffee and enjoying their good food.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT NAUGHTY BOY CAFÉ
Address: 499-501 Lygon St, Princes Hill, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9041 7870
Monday –Friday –7:30 am- 4:00 pm
Saturday –Sunday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 7.5/10
Have you visited Naught Boy café 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,