Foxy Brown

31 South Crescent, Northcote
Phone: 9481 4454

Tucked away in the backstreets of Westgarth along the Hurstbridge train line, is this little house-cum-cafe, which has on-and-off been a local institution for at least a decade. I met up with some friends here for brunch a while ago – one of them used to work there in an earlier, hippier incarnation, years and years ago. The current owners have been there a little over six months, and it’s certainly no hippie affair now, though the vibe and the service is certainly still warm and friendly.

Ms B and Ms L both decided to have the ‘Simply Foxy’ – a poached egg with avocado, tomato and Mungali Creek Feta on sourdough. Both enjoyed it immensely, though I’d have to say the combination of elements seemed a little on the dry side for me. In my mind, sourdough toast often needs a lot of lubricating.

Mr T – who I’m sure will appreciate that his name is shortened such, despite his lack of chunky jewellery – opted for the scrambled eggs, with a side of slow-cooked baked beans. I’m not a huge fan of baked beans, but on a brisk morning, they looked and smelled very inviting.

I had the ‘Sun’s Secret’, roasted tempeh and a fried egg on Crumb’s pumpkin sourdough with paprika relish, tahini and a squeeze of fresh lemon. Unfortunately, the tempeh was roasted a bit too much, rendering it dry and crunchy rather than soft and bean-like. Possibly bigger chunks would have been a good idea. Thankfully the paprika relish and tahini softened the dish.

I don’t usually have coffee, but it was a big day, so I did for once. Like many new cafes, Foxy Brown seems to be quite serious about its coffee (in fact, the full name of the place is Foxy Brown Espresso) offering single origin coffee with unhomogenised milk, and for those of you who know, or need to know – I personally have no idea – it’s made on a Synchro espresso machine.

All in all, it’s a pleasant place for brunch, though overall, I think the food was a little on the dry side. More sauces – or butter – please!

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3 Replies to “Foxy Brown”

  1. great review~
    i love breakfast, i love starting my weekend with a big hearty breakkie (preferably out somewhere!)

    and definitely cant go past a coffee. im very sensitive to caffeeine but i can get away with having a cup in the morning on weekends, helps me get through the long day 🙂

  2. Oh yea, another sort-of local place to check out! I'm so with you on the sourdough thing – I struggle to finish my bread when I go out because it's too hard and/or dry.

    I might have to visit this place for the beans. I <3 baked beans!

  3. @Betty – thanks! I used to be big on the full English type of breakfast too, but my time in Viet Nam sort of converted me to more adventurous breakfasts; namely pho and sticky rice – there really isn't enough sticky rice on the streets of Melbourne!

    @Gem – I love sourdough, especially Zeally Bay, but I need creamy scrambled eggs, or lots of runny yolk, or some kick-ass chutney to soften it if it's been toasted. Mmmm, kick-ass chutney….

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