District North, at a glance
Overall: 4.6 🥑🥑🥑🥑
I think we would be classed as usuals at District North in Moonee ponds.
District North is one of those places that you don't even have to think twice about going to. Like one of those 'I'm hungover and cannot be bothered using my brain right now so we'll just go to the district' kind of place.
Moonee Ponds is still growing as a go-to suburb for brunch on weekends and District North is a major player in the north western brunch scene with some hints of the east and inner north coming over to Mount Alexander Road.
Having lived in the area for 7 years we became familiar with most of the local brunching spots in and around Puckle street. District North is a bit of an anomaly as it's not on the heavily foot traffic corridor of Puckle street but can be found in the busy (for cars, trams and nighttime haunts) Mount Alexander Road.
The coffee here is rarely of poor quality. If you order a strong coffee it doesn't taste bitter or burnt, it tastes of delicious strong coffee. In addition to their coffee they have a yummy range of juices and their shakes (which feature their delicious donuts).
They even have drink specials like the cocoa mint latte that both Chris and I ordered. This was like a very indulgent mint hot chocolate with a lovely creamy freshness.
The menu is a mixture of sweet, savoury and lunch options. For brunch you have the staples of any great brunch menu, toast with condiments, granola, a big breakfast and eggs on toast with an amazing selection of sides to build your own. They have launched their winter menu recently which has some delicious sounding new dishes as well as past specials that were obviously a hit.
They also have some items that are quite unique like the "breakfast in bed" a board which featured a fresh OJ, falafel scotch eggs ( which were suitably oozy), beetroot hummus, feta, berry coconut chia puddings and zatar toast. This was a lovely combo of savoury and sweet and also featured fresh fruit which helped lighten the meal.
The Szechuan French toast started as a delicious special and has now landed on the menu. Although slightly different on the menu now, when we had it it was Served on one large piece of brioche bread with lemon labne, strawberry custard spring roll, berries, Szechuan snaps and cream. Although it was meant to be spiced I think it was a little subtle and didn't get that peppery kick I wanted. That was the only let down. District North understand texture. The Szechuan snaps were reminiscent of brandy snaps and add fun and crunch, the French toast was perfectly cooked and oozed with the lemon labne and the berries were the perfect pops of freshness. But the spring roll was probably the stand out. Crunchy and custard together. Just yum!!!
On our latest visit myself and a friend both ordered their updated benedict, the pulled pork benedict. Served on fluffy Dr Marty’s crumpets was delicious slow cooked pulled pork shoulder, pickled kohlrabi, poached eggs and bernaise sauce. Thinking this would be small I ordered the mac n cheese slappers to beef it up a bit. This definitely wasn't small! It was so full of flavour, perfectly cooked eggs and the slappers were a wonderful spiced fried hit to go with it (I shared them as I couldn't hog all that yumminess)
Chris ordered one of their quirky sounding specials, Donut Sliders, caramel bacon, popping candy, wagyu beef, American cheese served with a mini peanut butter shake. The serve could have been larger and the donut bun was almost a bit stale. The glaze all over it was gooey and sticky and made it impossible to eat like a burger. The filling was all very yummy but quite rich. The shake was delicious however it was really sweet so a full serve would be hard to drink without sharing.
Whenever we come to district north we are always greeted by the two cheerful owners. No matter how busy it is they always have time for a chat and definitely make us feel like regulars in their busy establishment. During peak brunch times there is always a line out the door. Despite the restaurant often being packed to the rafters the atmosphere is still enjoyable and I don't feel stressed by the craziness around me, however it can get a touch loud. It has a modern feel, it's very bright with fun touches like the large projection screen that displays the specials, the chalkboard for kids and selfie sticks to take photos of the yummy food.
All the crew from the talented barista to the inspired chefs to the friendly owners and the cheerful wait staff, they all know what they're doing and make you feel welcomed. We've attended District North singularly, as a couple, with friends and even had a function there and each time the service has been exemplary.
If we feel like eating familiar, delicious food without the fuss, and don't want to travel too far you will definitely find us at District North.
Until next weekend brunchers
C & J