Melbourne Restaurant Reviews: The Very Very Hungry Caterpillar

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Café Sweethearts

263 Coventry Street
South Melbourne VIC 3205
+61 3 9690 6752

Marty and his mates love to use the word ‘egg’ to describe someone who is either 1) useless, 2) idiotic, or both. I was under the impression that it was a Gold Coast term but according to my Kiwi workmate, it supposedly originated from the other side of the Tasman (‘Just watch bro’Town, if you don’t believe me’). The folks at South Melbourne’s Café Sweethearts also love to throw the word ‘egg’ around, but they don’t use it in the same way as those chumps. Rather, they are referring to the word egg in the traditional sense, the stuff that humans have been eating for yonks. In fact, they love eggs so much that they’ve dedicated two menu pages to the once-humble foodstuff.

Jen and I don’t have much of a tolerance for idiots, but we both love our eggs. Scrambled, boiled, fried or poached, we take our eggs any way (mostly poached, though). We arrived at Café Sweethearts during a Sunday lunch peak a few weekends ago and thought that we wouldn’t get a table. Initially, I regretted my decision not to ring ahead to book (apparently they let you book tables for breakfast too) but we later learnt that the turnover rate here is high so we were seated in a matter of minutes.

We started off with some lattes ($3.50). Although they tasted fantastic, they were somewhat thin and not particularly cream-y. Did they use skim milk? Probably. Did I care? A little bit, but they were nevertheless sweet and flavoursome so I called it even.

Jen went for the eggs benedict ($14), plus a hash brown on the side (an extra $3.50). Jen couldn’t find fault in her textbook-perfect benedict, saying that everything was ‘delicious.’ And even though we had both expected her hash brown to be flat (as in, looking like the ones served at McDonalds), we were both delighted at how good it nevertheless tasted. It was probably a bit sweeter than what I would have liked, but it was a lovely Moorish-tasting potato parcel with hints of spice.

Meanwhile, I had the grilled herbed polenta ($12.50), which was advertised on the menu as also having two poached eggs, zucchini, tomato, salsa and fresh parmesan. I’m not a fan of zucchini so I ended up swapping them for mushrooms instead. I thought Jen’s egg benedict was great, but mine was super-dooper awesome.

I love polenta but have never had it for breakfast so this dish was an eye-opener. I just loved the way the gooey egg yolk trickled down the grilled polenta square and the way it beautifully mixed in with the other ingredients. The combination of gooey egg and creamy polenta was just as delicious as the egg and earthy mushroom combination, with bits of fresh tomato accentuating each bite. So, so, soooo going to try and make this at home.

The service was friendly and efficient, despite a busy Sunday brunch session and if you have kids (or are a kid at heart), there are crayons and puzzles to keep them entertained. If you love your eggs, you’d have to be, well, an egg not to give Café Sweethearts a go.

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14 Comments on Café Sweethearts

  1. hotlyspiced
    July 16, 2012 at 23:03 (2 years ago)

    Poached eggs are my absolute favourite too. I’ve never heard of that egg expression before but I have heard of lemon being tossed about. I think I would have ordered eggs benedict as well as that is always my favourite but all of the food at this cafe just looks amazing. The colour of those egg yolks is amazing xx

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  2. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella
    July 17, 2012 at 03:42 (2 years ago)

    Mmm love that runny yolk! And the term egg meant in that way is totally new to me! Where have I been? :P

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  3. Choc Chip Uru
    July 17, 2012 at 06:30 (2 years ago)

    This cafe looks like it has really fresh produce and a great menu :D
    I have no idea what I would order right now but I would go in just because it has a gorgeous name ;)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  4. theragingcook
    July 17, 2012 at 08:18 (2 years ago)

    Certainly beats the Uncle Toby’s porridge I just had for breakfast. I wannnnnnnnnt pork and eggs!

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  5. Hannah
    July 17, 2012 at 15:11 (2 years ago)

    I’ve only ever made polenta for breakfast in a sweet porridge-y way (of course…) but that looks fantastic!

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  6. Martypantz
    July 17, 2012 at 18:00 (2 years ago)

    You’re ALL eggs.

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    • threehands78
      July 20, 2012 at 00:07 (2 years ago)

      Who’s the eggspert?

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  7. Ames
    July 17, 2012 at 22:53 (2 years ago)

    Delish! This definitely looks worth a visit since eggs is a must for brunch :)

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  8. Ashley
    July 18, 2012 at 20:44 (2 years ago)

    Oooh. I’ve been here once for an impromptu interview for work experience (at an advertising company right across the road…if only I had been into chai lattes then!), but never returned for breakkie. Need to change this now!

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  9. threehands78
    July 20, 2012 at 00:16 (2 years ago)

    Back in the days we would call and asian an “egg” if they hanged out with gwellos, and ” banana” if a white dude hanged out with us chinezos. it was good fun.

    those photos look awesome and the meals fresh.
    gosh i miss cooking breakfast for the locals. now its all pub grub. i admit not as great.

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  10. Daisy@Nevertoosweet
    July 20, 2012 at 11:29 (2 years ago)

    Mr Bao and I definitely love eggs and i love it even more that this is so close to where i work so i can even go have breakfast before I go to work :) Thanks for the recommendation Libby :D

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    • libishski
      July 21, 2012 at 14:47 (2 years ago)

      Lucky you! Working so close to nice places :(

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  11. Kate eat-drink-dream
    July 23, 2012 at 07:59 (2 years ago)

    Oh wow, I used to go to Sweethearts all the time for brekkie but since moving away from the area had forgotten how scrumptious the food is there! You’ve inspired me to make the trip!

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