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Prahran VIC 3181
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Since my last post, I learnt:
1. That bronchitis sucks;
2. That Lions fans are really annoying;
3. To appreciate a good bowl of ramen even more (<3 Ippudo); and
4. To never visit Taronga Zoo during school holidays.
I also learnt that if I don’t blog often enough, my backlog is going to reach astronomical proportions so here goes.
Earlier this year, I got an invite from the owners of then-new tapas bar The Wise, asking me to attend their launch night. Because I was interstate that week, I couldn’t make it – and I was bummed. A couple of months later, I got word from Silver Leaf PR that The Wise were now offering breakfast and lunch options – and they were launching in April.
I was so there.
Daisy, Ricky and I made the drive from the ‘burbs one Sunday morning and a few minutes later, we were joined by Michelé.
From first impressions, there was so much to like about The Wise. Firstly, the stripper’s pole!
Secondly, prose on the ceiling!
Thirdly, random books!
The same could also be said about my latte, which was deliciously sweet and velvety.
Ricky chose the Big Breakfast option, which I thought was a massive steal at only $15. On the plate was an assortment of chipolatas (thin sausages), bacon, mushrooms, grilled tomato, baby spinach, baked beans and eggs. I probably would have struggled with the dish but Ricky dutifully polished off his food without any protests.
My breakfast sandwich was spilt in two and each half came with a poached egg, crispy bacon, baby spinach, aioli, cheese and pickles. I loved the flavour combinations, particularly the addition of the pickles, which gave the sandwiches some much-needed piquancy. That said, I would have preferred both eggs to be poached (one was, the other was verging on hard-boiled).
After hosting a big retro party the previous night, Michelé was in no mood for a massive breakfast so muesli, it was. I’m not one to order muesli if I’m eating out for breakfast but I think Michelé made the right choice and plus, it did look delicious. I also liked that The Wise gave patrons the option to blend the muesli and fruits up with skim milk and protein powder to make it a smoothie for an extra 50 cents.
Daisy’s coconut pancakes were served with fresh bananas, strawberries and salted caramel sauce – and looked delicious. In fact, if my savoury taste buds hadn’t won me over, I would have probably chosen this dish and added a slice of bacon for an extra $3.50. Not Daisy, though. True to her blog namesake (Never Too Sweet For Me), she said that her pancakes were nice but needed bit more sauce. Upon requesting extra sauce, she was delighted when the waitress presented her with a generous serving of salted caramel sauce. Props for mad service.
In saying that, this level of service was inconsistent; they were fantastic when they delivered (for example, the salted caramel sauce) but were frustratingly hazy when we tried to hail them down for some cutlery. In my opinion, The Wise serves decent breakfast dishes at very reasonable prices. While I’d recommend it to locals, I wouldn’t go as far to urge people to drive across town for it – there are certainly better brunch spots closer to home and the price point at The Wise most certainly wouldn’t cover the petrol costs in getting here.