District North (Moonee Ponds) 8/10

Hi Café Lovers!

Welcome to Cards and Cafés!

District North is located in Moonee Ponds and is fast becoming one of the best and most Instagramable cafés in Melbourne. They have a fantastic menu, with a number of healthy (and not so healthy!) dishes. I’m sure you’ll find something that you will enjoy.

The café is easy to find and there is a lot of parking in the area, either along the main road or down one of the many side street surrounding the café.

I went to District North on a weekday with two of my friends, Beth and Kate. After seeing some of their photos on Instagram, we were all excited to give this café a go.

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FOOD & DRINKS 

An excellent menu with a number of mouth watering meals. District North provides their customers with ‘treat-yourself’ meals, one that any gym junkie will give in to.

District North uses the Code Black Ex Wife blend of coffee.

The following menu photo was taken in September 2017 and it might have changed since.

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Beth ordered a chai, which was nice and silky, but slightly on the weak side. She was glad that it wasn’t too sweet, but unfortunately had to wait quite a while for it.

Chai rating: 3/5   3 out of 5

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Chai ($4.50)

Kate ordered the special Peanut Butter Crazy Shake. It was delicious and very filling, but quite expensive.

Crazy shake rating: 4/5   4 out of 5

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Peanut Butter Shake (+-$12.50)

I ordered a cappuccino, which was nice and hot (yay), with a fantastic rich and creamy flavour. I loved the blend of coffee that was used, and thought that the barista did a fantastic job.

Coffee rating: 4/5   4 out of 5

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Coffee ($4)

For breakfast, Beth ordered the Szechuan Spiced French Toast, with lemon lime and bitters curd, custard spring roll, stewed berries, vanilla mascarpone, and Szechuan brandy snaps.

We all thought that this dish was presented beautifully and the portion size was great. The curd tasted like lemon-lime, but she couldn’t taste the bitters. The custard spring roll was fantastic, with thick custard.

The fresh berries were definitely needed. They helped add an additional burst of flavour, bringing a much-needed freshness to the dish.

Finally, the French toast was nicely caramelised and had a slight crunch on the outside.

Just be warned, this dish is quite rich.

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Szechuan Spiced French Toast, with lemon lime and bitters curd, custard spring roll, stewed berries, vanilla mascarpone, and Szechuan brandy snaps ($18.50)

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Kate ordered the Pulled Pork Benedict, with slow cooked pork shoulder, Dr Marty’s crumpets, pickled kohlrabi, poached eggs and Bernaise sauce.

The dish was amazing and one of the better Benedicts that Kate had in a long time. Everything was flavoursome and the elements worked really well together.

Finally, the eggs were cooked perfectly.

She would definitely order this dish again.

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Pulled Pork Benedict, with slow cooked pork shoulder, Dr Marty’s crumpets, pickled kohlrabi, poached eggs and Bernaise sauce ($19)

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Finally, I ordered the Cherry Ripe Waffle, with toasted coconut, freeze dried cherries, chocolate popping candy, white chocolate ganache, and cherry sorbet.

This dish was fabulous! Every bite definitely gave me those Cherry Ripe vibes, and I loved every element on the plate. The waffles were cooked perfectly and had a strong chocolate flavour. The hints of coconut and the freeze-dried cherries definitely brought the whole dish together. I loved the popping candy and thought that it was a great addition to this fun and tasty dish. I loved that flavour combination and thought that every bite was worth the calories they contained.

The cherry sorbet was definitely needed, as the slightly sour flavour helped to cut some of the sweetness that the other elements had.

I would definitely order this dish again, but just be warned that this dish is very sweet and rich.

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Cherry Ripe Waffle, with toasted coconut, freeze dried cherries, chocolate popping candy, white chocolate ganache, and cherry sorbet ($18.50)

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ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE

IMG_2364The staff members at District North were all friendly and welcoming. We were seated straight away, but it did take a while for someone to come and take our order. However, we weren’t too bothered by this.

The atmosphere was quite relaxed and we felt comfortable to sit and chat without the feeling of being rushed to make room for the next group of people.

The area inside the café is large and they have quite a number of tables spread throughout. They also have a few tables outside, which is perfect if you have your fur baby with you.

IMG_2365The large glass windows at the front of the café allow the natural light to flood in, making the café feel warm and inviting. The light colour furniture and the white washed brick walls make the café feel light and airy.

They also cater for a range of functions, so make sure you check out their website for more information.

This is definitely the café to visit if you want to sit and enjoy a coffee, have a good meal, and just watch the world go by.

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OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT DISTRICT NORTH

Address: 678/680 Mt Alexander Rd, Moonee Ponds, Melbourne, (Vic)

Map: here

Phone: (03) 9372 9116

Facebook: here

Website: here

Operating Hours: 

Monday – Saturday –7:30 am- 4:00 pm                               

Sunday – 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

 Crabapple Kitchen info

CAFÉ RATING = 8/10 

 
District North Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Have you visited District North 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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