Too Many Chiefs (Brighton) 7.5/10

How’s it going cafe lovers?

img_4231Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! A few months ago my friend Beth and I were chatting about cafés that we would like to go to and she mentioned Too Many Chiefs as she had hear about their menu. So in November we ventured out to Brighton to see what all the fuss was about.

Parking was pretty simple, as there are a number of parking spots along the main road outside the café, as well as a number of spots down some of the side streets.

We honestly struggled to find Too Many Chiefs as they don’t have a big sign outside the front of the café. They only have a sign on the sidewall, which is facing away from the main street. The best way to find Too Many Chiefs to know that it is right next to Brighton train station. We loved that they had a window, which allowed customers to order their coffee without having to line up in the tiny interior, and by tiny I mean REALLY tiny!! Too Many Chiefs only has a small number of tables, no more than ten spots, so if you don’t want to wait around I would recommend that you get their early, especially on the weekends.

FOOD & DRINKS 

Too Many Chiefs has a very interesting menu, one that might not grab everyone, but it is good to know that they have a good selection of gluten free, dairy free and vegetarian options. This will be music to some ears as I’m sure they struggle to find cafes that have more than one option to cater for their dietary requirements.

The following menu photos were taken in November 2016 and might have changed since.

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Menu (November 2016)
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Drinks Menu (November 2016)

I ended up ordering a cappuccino and I thought that it had a fantastic flavour, but it was slightly cold when it arrived at the table. I hate lukewarm coffee and I find I don’t enjoy my coffee as much.

Coffee rating: 4/5   4 out of 5

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Coffee ($3.50)

Beth ordered the beetroot latte, she thought that she would try something different and she said that it had a strong beetroot flavour and that it wasn’t too sweet. She said that it was something quite different to what she’s had in the past. She said that she would definitely have it again.

Coffee rating: 4/5   4 out of 5

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Beetroot Latte ($4.50)

I ordered the crispy potato roesti, which was served with bacon, two poached eggs, pink grapefruit, avocado, almonds and rocket salad topped with hollandaise sauce.

I thought that it was a relatively large serving in comparison to what I have had in the past. I thought that it was a great take on the traditional eggs benedict and I loved that they added avocado, as it was basically two of my favourite breakfasts in one! (Smashed avo and eggs benedict)

I also loved the addition of the fresh grape fruit as I thought that it added a fantastic burst of freshness to the dish and personally felt that it helped to cut down some of the richness of the hollandaise sauce.

The potato roesti’s were fabulous! They had this sensational crunch when you cut into them and were perfectly seasoned. The eggs were cooked just the way I like them, with a soft and runny yolk.

I would definitely order this again and would recommend it to anyone who wants to try eggs benedict with a twist.

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Crispy potato roesti, which was served with bacon, two poached eggs, pink grapefruit, avocado, almonds and rocket salad topped with hollandaise sauce ($18.50) (GF)

Beth ordered the quinoa and oat porridge with water chestnuts, dates, spiced honey and pistachio biscuit. Beth said that she wasn’t the biggest fan of the porridge as she said it wasn’t as thick and creamy as she would have liked it. She said that it got cold very quickly and that the texture reminded her of raw oats, where the milk doesn’t get absorbed properly. It also wasn’t as sweet as she would have liked and said it was slightly bland. Beth said that she wouldn’t order it again, but said if you are looking for a healthy alternative to the regular porridge, then this is the dish for you.

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Quinoa and oat porridge with water chestnuts, dates, spiced honey and pistachio biscuit ($13) (v)

ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE

img_4207As I said earlier, Too Many Chiefs is quite small inside and only has a few tables. I loved the wooden floors that the café had and thought that the rose gold chairs were something quite different. The café was designed so beautifully, with their excellent lighting fixtures and the marble looking walls around the coffee machine.

Even though we thought that the coffee window was a fantastic idea, we both found it quite cold in the café and we can’t imagine how cold it would be in winter. Maybe that’s just a clever way of the café owners getting us to buy more coffee to keep us warm.

The staff members were friendly enough which was fine and welcomed us to the café as we walked in. They came once to see if we were ok, which was fine, as we don’t always like when they constantly come over to check on us. All in all the service was average, I’ve had better but I’ve also had worse.

I personally wouldn’t rush back to Too Many Chiefs, but I’m sure if you are a locally you’ll enjoy going to this café.

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OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT TOO MANY CHIEFS

Address: 305 Bay St, Brighton, Melbourne, (Vic)

Map: here

Phone: (03) 9596 9587

Facebook: here

Operating Hours: 

Monday – Tuesday – 6:30 am – 2:30 pm

Wednesday – Friday  –6:30 am- 4:00 pm                               

Saturday –Sunday – 7:00 am – 3:00 pm

Norma loves Joe info 

CAFÉ RATING = 7.5/10 

Have you visited Too Many Chiefs 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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