Sunday, July 1, 2012

Manchester Press: Revisited

Can you believe it's been over a year since I started Edible Posts? How did time fly by so fast? While I've headed back to the cafe that I reviewed in my very first post many times, this is the first time I've reviewed it again.

I caught up with Honest Buds who I hadn't seen for what seems like a very long time for a breakfast  at Manchester Press, which didn't appear to have changed at all since it first opened. It still has a large selection of bagels on offer, and the promise of good coffee, indeed, it is featured in The Age Good Cafe Guide.

Usually a long black drinker, I ordered a latte, just so I could smile at their signature latte art, which usually goes something like this:

Manchester Press Latte from my first visit

Unfortunately, what I received was a latte without a 'person'-ality.

Manchester Press Latte
Shame. The coffee was still fragrant and smooth, and very drinkable even though the milk was a little burnt. I really shouldn't be so fussy, but I couldn't help but be disappointed by the art. I'll stick with a long black next time because they're reliably excellent, and I can't predict which barista will be on at any given time.

Both HB and I glanced at the menu, and quickly decided on the baked eggs (I can't seem to convince myself to order anything else these days). What came out was a flat dish containing scrambled eggs with pesto,  chorizo, whole cherry tomatoes and fetta cheese accompanied by a plain bagel.

Baked Eggs with Chorizo, Cherry Tomatoes and Fetta
I found the dish very bland, with the only strong flavours provided by the chorizo and the fetta cheese. I don't know about you, but I prefer my baked eggs prepared in the Spanish way (a cracked egg surrounded by a rich tomato sauce) rather than what was served. The texture of these eggs were just plain odd - somewhere between scrambled and baked. Also, I'm sure we could have changed the bagel (my personal preference is the more interesting seasame version), but it didn't occur to me at the time, and I wasn't reminded.

I was tempted by the range of baked goods on offer, but breakfast had filled me up substantially (and I didn't even finish my bagel).

Manchester Press Baked Goods 
I've had many great experiences with Manchester Press, so I wouldn't stop coming back here just because they serve a bland rendition of baked eggs, or because their latte art isn't as good as it once was. Their coffee is sublime, and their bagels are filling and (usually) delicious. The converted press studio is roomy, warm and well lit and the service is fast, fun and friendly. It's fairly busy during the lunch rush, but the cafe makes for a nice and quiet breakfast spot.

(I do wonder if their opening hours have changed as there are mentions that it opens 7 days a week, but their site is down at the moment so I can't check.)

Manchester Press
8 Rankins Lane, Melbourne
Mon-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat 9am-5pm

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  1. Darn, you've revisited and I haven't even had a chance to go once yet >.< Though baked goods look swell so I'll have to make a trip to give them a try and also hopefully get a hot drink with some coffee art :).

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    Cheers :)

    1. I've revisited many times! You should go now that you're on holidays :)

  2. I was actually planning to have lunch here this afternoon but the very long line of people waiting for a table deterred me so I ended up getting mediocre bun bo hue on Swanston Street instead. Kinda glad I didn't go to Manchester Press after reading this though, heh.

    1. I'm not sure if the food would have been worse than a mediocre bun bo hue (and at least you would have had a decent coffee), but I wouldn't have waited if there was a line.

      You're a smart one :)

  3. It's a pity because the ingredients sounds yummy! oh well but I noticed that half of the food there isn't very good and the other half is! They might be rushing with the coffee! :P The last time I was there, it took forever for my cappuccino to arrive but was rewarded with a really cute coffee art :D a trade off I guess?

    1. I think you're right. They did have very quick service because there were very few people (cold Melbourne morning and all), so many they just wanted to get the coffee out.

  4. I'm addicted to baked eggs as well - currently my standard brunch order. Shame the coffee was not up to scratch.

  5. I still haven't been here! Shocking I know, but that's what I get for not working in the city! Baked eggs in winter rock. your new header!

    1. Baked eggs just plain rock. It's never too hot in the mornings for baked eggs (although brunch might be pushing it in summer).

      And thanks, I love my spices :D

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    1. Sydney should lift their game. What are the beans like in Sydney - any chance to making super-awesome coffees at home?