Sunday, December 25, 2011

Three Bags Full

I caught up for a brunch date at the wildly popular Three Bags Full with three out of the four beautiful girls (miss you S!) I'd sent 90% of my last semester at university with. It was a typical Melbourne day: a miserable rainy morning that warmed up into a beautiful sunny day. Unsurprisingly though, there was a significant wait in getting a table for four. I saw quite a few people give up, probably with the intent of finding food on Victoria St or the like, but there were those that steadfastly remained. Perhaps they knew that the food was definitely waiting for.

Three Bags Full
We were lucky enough to finally be seated in the small room adjoining the main dining hall. It had a chilled, suburban cafe vibe which is preferable in my opinion to the 'hip', crowded and noisy cafe vibe that was emanating from the other room. The essential coffees were ordered (cappuccino, latte, soy latte and long black - guess which one is mine) while we perused the extensive menu. The coffee wasn't the best that I'd ever had, but it was pretty good and I can see why people would rave about it. As for the menu, with both breakfast and lunch options available, we were spoilt for choice.

Originally, I'd intended to order the vegetarian breakfast, but after seeing the specials menu and realising that I could get a potato and leek hash, with poached eggs and fried haloumi, my decision was made for me. If you've ever had breakfast/brunch/lunch/dinner with me, you'll know that I'm addicted to potato hash/roesti, eggs and goat's cheese. I never stood a chance with this dish.

Potato and Leek Hash, with Poached Eggs and Fried Haloumi
The potato and leek were nicely balanced in the hash so that there wasn't a great deal of oiliness, and was lightly flavoured. The eggs were perfectly poached with a satisfying oozing of the yolk when they were cut into. I usually prefer my haloumi slightly crisper but perhaps more of the actual cheese flavour came through in this dish. All in all, it was a very good dish. I'd be hugely disappointed if it wasn't on the menu next time I visit, which is highly likely, but perhaps they'll plate up something equally as awesome. I want to go back now, even though it's Christmas Day and they won't be open. Maybe I'll settle for McDonald's instead.

I'm getting a little distracted though. The other girls also ordered amazing dishes, all as it would turn out, from the breakfast menu. I guess we just weren't feeling like lunch yet. Like me, F had already decided on another dish before seeing the specials and subsequently ordering corn fritters, poached eggs and chorizo instead.

Corn Fritters, Poached Eggs and Chorizo
I found the corn fritters lacking a little in taste and a touch on the heavy side but the chorizo was good quality and very tasty. More poached eggs arrived on the table

Parmesan: Poached Eggs, Prosciutto, Truffle Oil and Grana Padano
Quite a decadent dish, but it was eaten in a flash by A, who pronounced it delicious. I actually had to Google Grana Padano before I realised the name of the dish was a dead giveaway. I think this indicates that I'd be a terrible detective. No detective work required for the last dish though, as C ordered the slightly more standard Benedict.

Benedict: Poached Eggs, Ham and Hollandaise
The coffee and food were good, and the prices were reasonable, it's only a matter of whether you want to brave a wait and the crowds. If you have plenty of time to spare and don't mind, or even thrive, on the hustle on bustle, then head down to Three Bags Full.

Three Bags Full
60 Nicholson St, Abbotsford
Mon-Fri 7am-3pm, Sat-Sun 8am-3.30pm

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  1. I recommend getting there really early to avoid crowds. Or, telling your friends you'll get there really early and tricking them into doing the waiting for you.

  2. Thanks for the tip.

    I maintain that I need to head out into the 'burbs more. Let me know what's good around your new place when you move in there too =D