Review: Bekendales (Melbourne, VIC)

Review: Bekendales (Melbourne, VIC)
1/50 Main Street
Croydon VIC 3136
http://bekendales.com/

It’s been three months since my last post – so much for promising to write more often, despite my best intentions.

Over the last few weeks, I have toyed with the idea of going on an indefinite hiatus. What’s the point of keeping this blog running when I can’t be sure when my next post will be published? Why bother, when there’s so much stuff I have to do in the real work?

After pondering some more, I decided to keep this blog going.

Sure, there are plenty of things that keep me busy right now (self-employment, navigating a new country – I’m currently based in Berlin – and a new language, not to mention all sorts of life admin). But they’re not big enough reasons for me to stop blogging. So what are some of the reasons why I want to keep going? Well. In the time it takes me get through an episode of Game of Thrones (a show I stopped really caring about a season ago but nevertheless continued to watch out of habit), I could have churned out a quick blog post.

Secondly, blogging helps me clear my mind – and quite frankly, it’s all over the place at the moment. Other people use different methods to clear their minds; some might run, others may do yoga while some see psychologists. (I did think about seeing one but my German health insurance doesn’t cover me for that.). I do quite a lot of writing for work and I’ve noticed that incidences of writer’s block have increased lately. While I do get the work done in the end, no doubt efficiency is something I can work on. To be a more efficient writer means I need to keep exercising my writer’s muscles so my mind stays alert. And this is where my blog will come in handy again.

Finally, I know there are quite a few of you who still read my blog – thank you so much for your support! Even if no one read my blog, I would still be doing it but the fact that I have more fans than haters does encourage me. Thank you.

I’ve set myself a goal of two blog posts a week. I’m sure I can churn out more than that when I’m on fire but let’s assume that I’ll have more busy weeks than not and leave it at two. If I end up doing more than two, great. If not, then you’ll know that it’s been one of those weeks where I’ve had to climb a mountain of work, get buried in more life admin or deal with yet another German bureaucrat.

Anyway, enough about me. It’s time to talk about FOOD!

This time, I’ll be taking you to Croydon where two of my good friends now live. Their go-to local for breakfast is now Bekendales on the Main Street which, let’s face it, may not be as hip and out there as Melbourne’s inner city cafés these days but it’s cosy, homely and the locals love it.

So let’s get started ! Cathy ordered the buttermilk pancakes, which came with ricotta as a default. The toppings change according to what’s available and in season; today, she received berry compote and fresh strawberries. It was a very tasty breakfast and great if you want your first meal of the day to be sweet and heavy (not for me).

Buttermilk pancakes with vanilla ricotta and berries ($16)
Buttermilk pancakes with vanilla ricotta and berries ($16)

Aaron kept it simple with two pieces of sourdough, butter and some preserves (you can also opt for Vegemite if preserves ain’t your thing). I don’t order toast when I’m eating out but Aaron gave it his two thumbs up.

Sourdough toast with Barney’s preserves ($6)
Sourdough toast with Barney’s preserves ($6)

I chose one of Bekendales’ specials: the breakfast kransky. While the chips were leaning towards the undercooked side, I did enjoy the kransky very much. It came with caramelised onions, Dijon mustard, Swiss cheese and salsa for a tasty breakfast that was, okay, maybe a little too heavy in hindsight but one I enjoyed.

Kransky with chips and aioli ($16)
Kransky with chips and aioli ($16)

While I wouldn’t implore you to drive all the way to Bekendales if you’re living on the other side of Melbourne, it’s nevertheless a lovely little local if you happen to be in Croydon or surrounding suburbs – or heading towards the Yarra Valley wineries and needing somewhere to fuel up before you hit the grapes.