How’s it going café lovers?
Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! I recently went to Einstein’s 251 with my two friends Beth and Emily. I found out about this café after writing a couple of my previous blogs, as they belong to the CCC group.
We all thought that the café was slightly difficult to find when you’re walking down the street. There are tables outside, but there is no sign on the window or door to tell you which café it is (or if there is, we didn’t see it).
There are a number of parallel parking spots outside the café along Hawthorn Road or you can park down one of the side streets. Keep in mind that these are all in either a one or two hour zone, so if you plan on being there for a while, keep an eye on the time as you don’t want to spoil a nice meal with a parking fine.
Emily loved that Einstein’s 251 had plenty of gluten free meals and that she wasn’t limited to just one or two options.
Also, we found that their menu is different to the one they currently have on their website. So the one here is the most recent (February 2017), but of course this could soon change.
FOOD & DRINKS
Einstein’s 251 have a fantastic menu, with a number of breakfast and lunches to choose from. They also have delicious sounding drinks; I wished I’d tried the Nutella & peanut butter shake. I’ll have to go back sometime and try it.
The following menu photos were taken in February 2017 and might have changed since.
I ordered a cappuccino and I thought that it was fantastic! First of all it was hot (YAY), as most cafes serve you lukewarm coffee, which sucks! It was silky and had quite a rich flavour. Every sip felt like a dream as it ran down your throat.
The coffees were a bit slow to arrive, but then I realised that they were bringing them with our food.
Coffee rating: 4/5
Emily ordered the dirty chai and said that her drink was fantastic! It had a rich flavour that went down a treat on that chilly Melbourne morning. She was also impressed that it came in a mug.
Chai rating: 4/5
Beth ordered a chai latte and loved that they gave the choice between the leaves and powder. She chose to have powder and was glad that it wasn’t too sweet as the powdered mix often can be. She loved the presentation on the wooden board and was surprised at how generous the serving was. The mug was so big that she struggled to finish it.
Chai rating: 4/5
I ordered the apple crumble French toast, which was Brioche French toast topped with apple, crunchy crumble, lemon curd and poached strawberries.
When I first saw this dish on the menu I was automatically drawn to it, I loved the sound of apple crumble French toast, as it’s two of my favourite dishes in one. But when I read that it had lemon curd with it, I personally thought that it was an odd choice as I felt that it would be too many flavours combinations. But I was completely wrong! The lemon curd helped to cut some of the sweetness that both the apple and poached strawberries brought to the dish. The tang of the curd also went perfectly with the French toast and helped to tie all the elements together.
I loved the way that the toast was cut, as I thought that it made it interesting to look at and also meant that all four sides were nice and crunchy.
It was also the perfect serving size, as I was starving when I walked in and I walked out happy and full.
Emily ordered Alberts Big Brekky with free range eggs your way, toast, fritters, chorizo, avo mash and tomato relish with a side of haloumi.
As Emily is gluten intolerant she ordered gluten free toast and she said that it was one of tastiest gluten free breads that she’d had. The serving of the dish itself was quite generous, as it basically filled the whole plate. This is the dish to get when you can’t decide what to eat, as it’s basically a bit of everything.
She said that the fritters were great; they had fantastic flavour and were cooked to perfection.
She said that it was very filling, but she was glad that it didn’t make her feel heavy or in need of a nap.
She would definitely order this dish again and would recommend it to others looking to try a bit of everything, or to someone who is quite hungry.
Beth ordered the Egyptian Brekky, with baked eggs, eggplant, spinach, feta and dukkah served with warm flatbread and beetroot relish.
She was excited to try something a bit different to her usual and was glad that she did. She said that it was a fantastic dish and she loved the flavour combinations the each element brought. The eggplant was cooked perfectly and was nice and soft.
She also thought there were a good balance of spice and that no element over powered another.
The portion was very, very generous and she was glad that they weren’t shy on the amount of eggs that were in the dish. Beth actually struggled to finish, as the flat bread was just too filling.
Finally the beetroot relish was a very nice complement to the dish and brought an extra depth of flavour.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
All the staff members at Einstein 251 were super friendly and welcoming. We didn’t feel rushed to order our food or eat our meal, as you do in some places around Melbourne.
But we did have a situation with my French toast, as they brought me the Fancy Fig Fruit Toast by mistake (pictured below). But they quickly fixed their error and apologised by giving me my coffee free of charge. I was surprised at how many staff members came out to apologise and it made me feel that all their customers are very important to them.
The mistake didn’t really bother me, as I’ve worked in a café and I’ve made that mistake before. But I was very pleased at how they handled the situation and how quickly it was resolved.
They have quite a few tables inside the café itself, with a handful at the front of the café where you could sit with your dog, and a few at the back in their outside (covered) area. They have these beautiful paintings on the walls, most of which have cute little quotes and sayings. We all thought that this added so much character and made it stand out from other cafés in Melbourne that just have boring white walls. So, well done to whoever designed the café; this had been one of the more creative and funky places I’ve been in a long time. I also loved that they had heaters in their outdoor section at the back, which means even on the coldest of Melbourne mornings you can still sit outside.
Emily thought that the outside tables felt a bit disconnected from the rest of the café, but it was a comfortable temperature due to the heaters, which made sitting outside quite enjoyable.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT EINSTEIN’S 251
Address: 251 Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield North, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9939 5135
Monday –Friday –7:00 am- 4:00 pm
Saturday –Sunday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm