How’s it going cafe lovers?
Welcome back to Cards and Cafés! After hearing so much about Barry Coffee & Food in Northcote from a friend, I knew that I had to check this café out and see what all the fuss was about.
The café was pretty easy to find, as it sits on High Street in Northcote There is plenty of street parking along High Street and the side streets surrounding the café.
I usually just go with my friend Beth as we like to try out new cafes together, but this time we invited our friend Kate as we hadn’t seen her in a while and thought that she’d enjoy Barry.
We went on a Saturday morning and arrived just after 10 am, only to find that the café was already packed. Luckily Barry has a bench out the front on the café (along High Street) where we could sit and wait for our table. This is the first time in a long time that I’d had to wait for a table, so make sure you are there before 10 am, especially over the weekend period.
FOOD & DRINKS
We all thought that Barry had quite an interesting menu and thought that it had something for everyone. Their menu caters for people with dietary requirements, including gluten free, vegetarian & vegan diets, and of course those who are a bit more health conscious.
The coffee served at Barry is made with their own blend of 5 Senses.
The following menu photos were taken in March 2017 and might have changed since.
I ordered a latte and I thought that it was quite a good coffee, except that it wasn’t overly hot. It was cooler that it was supposed to be, almost as if it was made and then left to sit for a few minutes. But the flavours were great and it had a rich and creamy feel.
Coffee rating: 4/5
Beth ordered a chai latte and she thought that it was pretty average. She also said that it wasn’t overly hot and that it was weaker than she would have liked.
Chai rating: 2/5
Kate ordered the iced coffee with honey. We all thought that it was an interesting combination, and Kate was excited to give it a whirl. She said that it was mighty tasty and loved that you got a slight hit of honey with every sip, which added just enough sweetness without over powering it.
Coffee rating: 4/5
I decided to order the Benedict eggs, which came with braised free-range ham hock, apple cider hollandaise, Granny’s apples and a potato hash (this dish is gluten free).
I thought that the serving looked quite small when it arrived at the table (but this could be because the plate it was served on was quite large, which made the meal look small). Yet I found that the dish was actually quite filling and that I didn’t need to eat anything until dinner (which I had quite late that night).
I loved the potato hash as it was golden brown and crispy on the outside, while the inside was light and fluffy. It just melted in your mouth and went down a treat.
I thought the addition of the fresh green apple was fantastic, as it gave a burst of flavour and freshness, which helped to cut some of the richness that both the ham hock and hollandaise sauce brought.
The poached eggs were cooked well and I loved the taste of the yolks when they mixed with the hollandaise sauce.
I would definitely order this dish again, but thought that it was a little pricey.
Beth ordered the acai chai pudding with basil macerated strawberries and coconut, millet and quinoa granola (this dish is gluten free).
We all thought that it was plated so beautifully; the bright purple caught our eyes as the waitress placed the bowl on the table. The contrast of the bright purple, the reddish/pink of the strawberries, and the golden brown of the quinoa granola looked marvellous. They say you eat with your eyes first, and this dish looked delicious.
After finishing her meal, Beth said that it was quite tasty and very refreshing. She said that the serving size was just enough and she didn’t feel as if she overate.
The strawberries were fantastic as they had a sweet and almost stewed taste to them. But she did say that she wished there was more basil.
Finally the granola topping was great, as it added the crunchy texture that the dish needed. The flavours were all balanced and nothing overpowered the other.
Kate ordered the ricotta hotcake with grilled pineapple compote and coconut lane. Once again this dish was plated quite beautifully, with the golden brown of the hotcakes and the pineapple against the dark grey plate.
Kate said that the hotcake itself was great and was light, fluffy and creamy on the inside. She did say that the dehydrated element on the top of the dish (she wasn’t sure what it was) was too rich, as the hotcake was already quite rich and this just put it over the top.
She wished there was something more refreshing with the dish, like ice cream.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
We all thought that the service at Barry was average and a bit slow, as it took a while for someone to come and take our order. But as I mentioned before, the café was very busy when we arrived, so I understand that the staff would have had a lot of tables to wait on.
As the café was so busy (and there were a number of people waiting for a table), we almost felt rushed to eat our food and get going to make room for the next group of people. This meant that we didn’t find the atmosphere very relaxing and felt hurried to finish our food and pay.
There are a number of tables inside the café with a few outside, which is where we sat. It was a little chilly outside, but we all agreed that it would be a great place to sit during the warmer months.
We all thought that it was a pleasant café, but that it was quite expensive and we didn’t like the idea of being rushed.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT BARRY
Address: 85 High St, Northcote, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9481 7623
Monday –Friday –7:30 am- 4:00 pm
Saturday –Sunday – 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 7/10
Have you visited Barry 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,