Hello fellow café lovers!
Hope you’ve all been well and welcome back to Cards and Cafés! Once again my good friend Beth and I went on a food adventure and this time we went to Next of Kin in Elsternwick.
There are a number of parking spots along the main street at the front of the café and quite a few in the side streets surrounding it. Just remember that these spots are usually in a 2-hour parking zone, so just make sure you watch the time to avoid a parking fine.
FOOD & DRINKS
The menu at Next of Kin is very simple and boring in my opinion. There were only one or two dishes that Beth and I thought sounded interesting. But at the end of the day, Beth and I like cafes that offer more than one sweet option and we prefer a bit more variety.
The following menu photos were taken in March 2017 and might have changed since.
I ordered a latte and to be honest it was pretty crap. First of all it took at least 10 minutes to come (the café wasn’t busy when we ordered). You shouldn’t have to wait this long for a coffee in a quiet café. It was very bitter and had an awful aftertaste. It also bothered me that the saucer the coffee came on was dirty. It had old coffee marks still on it from the person before me, which concerns me. What else is not cleaned properly?
They use the Proud Mary blend and they definitely didn’t do it any justice. At least it was hot, yet perhaps this was due to the burnt coffee.
Coffee rating: 1/5
Beth ordered the Mörk hot chocolate with salted caramel. Beth said that the hot chocolate itself was average at best and definitely didn’t taste like Mörk. She said that the salted caramel saved it; otherwise it would have had a lower score.
This too wasn’t very hot when it arrived and had to be drunk pretty quickly before it got too cold. She suggests stirring it well to ensure that caramel is mixed through.
Hot chocolate rating: 3/5
Beth ordered the Black Forest pancakes, with cherry curd, sour cherries, berries, whipped cream, dark chocolate crumble, CoYo chocolate ice cream and shaved chocolate.
Beth said that the dish was good, but very, very rich. The best way to describe the dish is a broken down version of a Black Forest cake (see picture below). She said that the berries helped to cut through the richness and she felt they needed more on the plate. The chocolate crumble added a good crunch, which was fantastic against the fluffy pancakes and the smooth cream. There was a generous amount of cream; almost too much as this is what made the dish quite rich.
Finally, Beth said that the CoYo chocolate ice cream was quite nice and something different. Overall, Beth said that the dish was enjoyable, but definitely not the best pancakes/hotcakes she’s had. She thought this was probably the best thing on the menu, but she wouldn’t go out of her way to have them again. But if you like rich foods or are a fan of Black Forest cake, then I’m sure you’ll enjoy this dish.
I ordered the breakfast wrap, with bacon, scrambled eggs, tomato relish, potato, herbs, avocado and pea shoots. I thought it was plated quite well, as I realize it must be quite difficult to make a breakfast wrap look good. I liked that it was cut in half so you could see each layer and loved the different colours of each element against each other.
The eggs were cooked perfectly, the avocado was fresh and the bacon was cooked well. I personally thought that there were too many fresh herbs and other greenery as I found it was slightly overpowering. I didn’t taste any potato (which was quite disappointing), leading me to wonder if it was included.
I thought that the tomato relish was tasty and added another depth of flavour, which was better than having tomato sauce.
I also thought that it was the perfect serving size, as I was super hunger when I walked in yet found myself becoming quite full rather quickly. Finally, I was worried that it would become mushy/wet when I started eating, but it didn’t. Rather it stayed together quite nicely and I found it pretty easy to eat.
Would I order this dish again? Probably not. It was tasty but not something I would rush back for.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
The service at Next of Kin is shocking!!! We had to seat ourselves, no one greeted us and we had to wait 10 minutes before anyone even brought us some menus and water. The waitress sort of apologised, but it still shouldn’t have taken so long. The café is quite small and wasn’t overly busy, so there isn’t any excuse for this. Everything is just slow! We finally got our menus, but it took ages before someone came back to take the order.
Our drinks took between 10-15 minutes to come and they didn’t even arrive at the same time.
The café can become quite noisy and we found it hard to hear each other at times. Also nice to note that the internet (3G) connection is very slow, which means that this is not the place to sit and do your emails unless you have a great deal of patience, or you sit outside.
They have a small amount of tables inside the café, but they seem to get quite busy during the morning period (we were there on a Saturday), so you might have to wait depending on the time you get there.
They have a few tables out the front of the café and there is also seating in the courtyard at the back.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT NEXT OF KIN
Address: 546 Glen Huntly Road, Elsternwick, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9041 8876
Monday –Friday –7:30 am- 4:00 pm
Saturday –Sunday – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 4/10
Have you visited Next of Kin 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,