This week, I am off to Australia, Melbourne in particular, for a holiday with the family for two weeks, then we stop off in Dubai on the way home for our own little holiday in the sun.
Australia and the coffee scene is talked about a lot over here, how good it is, how only Australians make good coffee (not true) and also how much Australia/New Zealand has influenced the industry over here (not entirely true either).
Melbourne is where I grew up, where I began my hospitality career and yes, where I personally have taken a lot of inspiration from because of course it is what has influenced me.
But, London is also an amazing influence and as you may know, I think it's a fantastic city for hospitality at the moment.
I'm really looking forward to visiting the top five cafes in Melbourne, some great restaurants and also catching up with two former staff from Kaffeine who are back in Melbourne working at some of these top cafes, the legend that is Rhea and a lady who has had a lot of influence on Kaffeine, former manager Amy.
And, I am very much looking forward to being with my wife and daughter.
In the meantime, we will leave you with the menu for this week. Please enjoy.
Traditional bircher muesli with rhubarb and raspberry compote 3.30
Granola muesli with pomegranate molasses and rhubarb and raspberry compote 3.30
Fruit salad (pineapple, mango, strawberries, grapes, passionfruit, peach) 3.50
(add 30 p for granola or yogurt)
Ciabatta roll with omelette, pancetta, rocket and tomato salsa 4.70
Ciabatta roll with courgette omelette, rocket and tomato salsa 4.70
Croissant with Italian roast ham, talleggio cheese, spinach & plum tomatoes 4.70
Croissant with gruyere cheese and plum tomatoes 3.90
Seven seed bakery bloomer toast with homemade preserves 1.70
Pumpkin seed toast 2.30
Banana bread 2.20
Pastries by Seven Seed bakery
French butter croissants 1.70
Pain au chocolat 2.30
Almond croissants 2.70
Blueberry and bran 2.00
Spinach and feta savoury muffins 2.00
Damson friands 2.00
Super moist chocolate brownies 2.30
White chocolate blondies 2.30
Portuguese tarts 1.90
ANZAC cookies 1.70
Melting moment biscuits 1.70
French retro baguettes 4.70
Ham, gherkin, red onion, gruyere, Dijon, spinach
Roasted tomato and courgette, brie, basil pesto and rocket
Foccacias with sea salt and rosemary crust 4.90
Pancetta, avocado, tomato, wild horseradish mayonnaise and rocket
Roasted aubergine with sweet chilli, goats cheese, thai basil and spinach
Baked rose hip berries w toasted coconut flakes, cucumber, avocado, mint and Pimms dressing
Roasted mixed English Winter Squash & conference pears with parmesan dressing
Russet apple slaw with parsley, walnuts and lemon
Tart 4.00 or 6.90 with salad
Chicken and creamed corn with watercress