Northern Perk at a Glance
Overall 4 🥑🥑🥑🥑
Being a huge friends fan, as soon as I saw the sign for this place, I was sold-I had to try this place out. Being drawn in by a sign, we were surprised by the exterior, as it could be any other cafe on Sydney road. The interior told a different story, a mix of styles both eclectic and market stall, plenty of options including a large courtyard with the awesome sign.
This Middle Eastern themed cafe had an interesting menu with many of the usual suspects with a range of extras to choose from. One vital piece of the brunch puzzle was missing in an eggs benedict. It wasn’t until after we ordered that we notice the Northern Perk Tower. No description on the menu, and I admit I assumed it would be a burger. I was so wrong, this is the epitome of brunch when you don’t know whether it’s sweet or savoury that you feel like-a collection of delicious savoury on the bottom and sweet on the top, made to be shared. Without even trying it I would be confident in saying this would be their “Old Faithful”
The service was a little slow but they were incredibly friendly. They also had that awesome option where you can buy coffees for people who can’t afford them, which ticked our good deed off for the day.
Chris ordered the Veggie Board, eggs your way, avocado, haloumi, labne, roasted veggies, mushrooms and grilled tomato on toasted sour dough. The lack of meat was well compensated by the roasted veggies (potato, carrot and capsicum), the perfect accompaniment to a breakfast for a cold winters morning. It was complimented by the best labne either of us have ever tasted as well.
I ordered the Brioche French Toast, white chocolate, berries, mango and fairy floss. The French toast was delicious and very generous with the toppings. It would have been made perfect if it was a little less sweet and had some syrup to soak into those delicious pieces of French toast!
The coffee could have been hotter but the flavour was pretty darn good. Chris also ordered a hot chocolate which was absolutely delicious and tummy warming on such a cold day.
The atmosphere was pretty chilled, the place got busier the longer we were there but was missing the bustle and zing we love in the perfect atmosphere.
We both want to return to this quirky cafe in Brunswick to try their amazing tower, their scrumptious sounding burgers and their hip freak shakes. Give this place a go for something a little bit different. Happy 1st of July, here’s to another month of brunching!
C & J