Multicultural Cuisine of…
Cupcakes, Sandwiches, and Beer!
A rare Saturday off + a sunny Melbourne winter day + nothing to do = a trip into the city to wonder the streets and eat some food :) Sous-Jeff and I actually really love just wondering around and stopping in at random places we find on the way for a bite to eat, with no aims for the day in particular other than just having a good day out and spending some time together!
Because don’t live super close to the city and car parking is ridiculously expensive, we always catch the train into the city, getting off at Flinders St Station. Tradition now stipulates that upon disembarking from the train at Flinders St, grab a mini Pie Face each, and 2 Little Cupcakes each. I’ve blogged a fair bit about Little Cupcakes (see some beautiful cakes and read all about them here & here, and also as the inspiration for one of the recipes in my cook book!). This day’s offerings brought carrot cake and brownie for Sous-Jeff, and lamington and red velvet for me. YUMMMMM, as always :)
Ok, once that was done, we could get on with the day! We wondered along aimlessly for a while, and peeked up a few alleys, got a few random bits to eat on the way… then we stumbled on Somerset Place, where we ended up at The Little Mule Cycle Co.
The Little Mule Cycle Co & Cafe
19 Somerset Pl,
(03) 9670 4904
This unassuming little hole in the wall is home to a custom bike shop, as well as a little cafe focused on serving good, honest, home-style meals. It’s a cosy, little environment, with communal style seating and a whole lotta bike stuff!
I just felt like a little something, and Sous-Jeff had a sandwich craving, so we were at the perfect place! We consulted the menu and placed our orders (sandwich-wise, you can choose from a toastie, a melt or a baguette), and waiting 10 minutes or so for them to come out.
Sous-Jeff went with the salami, basil pesto, sundried tomato and scarmoza (like a mozarella cheese) melt. It was bloody delicious, and I wish I’d gone with that too! That said, I question it’s value for money at $9.50…
I went with a toasted sanga (yes, that’s what it is called on the menu!) of tomato, basil pesto, scarmoza and spinach. The bread was amazing after being toasted, but unfortunately a bit bland and lacking in seasoning, and not really sure i was worth $8.00.
All in all, great homely food, nice, chilled out atmosphere, just not sure I’d be willing to pay that much for a sanga again.
Would rate it 5 out of 10.
A little bit more wondering after that… oooohh, a pigeon!
And in the meandering and pigeon watching, stumble onto a new cupcake store that we hadn’t encountered before! Exciting times! Now, keep in mind that so far today we had already had cupcakes from Little Cupcakes, and a bloody amazing Peanut Butter Smash cupcake from Cupcake Central. We were expecting good things, especially when this is what we saw in the windows.
Cupcakes on Pitt
3/353 Little Collins St,
(03) 9670 2992
I didn’t get a photo as Sous-Jeff’s curiosity got the better of him and he beat me to it, but he ordered a lovely looking chocolate cupcakes with yellowish, honeycomb frosting, topped with half a Crunchie. I’ve gotta be honest – after cupcakes with Little Cupcakes and Cupcake Central, this was incredibly disappointing. Dry and relatively tasteless chocolate cake, couldn’t quite be saved by the frosting. Bit of a let down :( Points for the frosting, which was pretty good and smooth, and the presentation of the other cakes in the store.
Would rate it 3 out of 10.
In between the food, we made a few stops for drinks, including a stop into the Mitre Tavern, which we’ve been to and loved before, and finished up at another favourite of ours, for both the food and drinks, Hofbrauhaus. Yup, just how we roll on a Saturday afternoon…