We’d gone to South Yarra to have breakfast at a popular cafe I won’t name. We left unfed, annoyed and disappointed. Have you ever sat in a restaurant for a ridiculously long time wondering how you suddenly turned invisible? You start to feel foolish for having felt excited about the menu you’re reluctantly beginning to realise you will never get to order from. The happy mood you walked in with has turned prickly, as you ask each other: “How long more should we sit here?” When you hit that point of extreme irritation, the best thing to do is leave.
We stopped at South Yarra Pharmacy to pick up a heat pack for my sore back and Jac asked the lady behind the counter if she knew anywhere nice nearby we could grab a bite. She told us about Cafe Gaia just around the corner on Avoca Street, off the main drag. Stomachs growling, we gave it a go. As we walked in, friendly greetings and grins made us feel instantly welcome – what a difference!
We didn’t even look at the menu – just the sandwich specials scribbled on the blackboard, which sounded perfect. For Jac, corned beef, cheese, lettuce and caramelised onion. For me, poached chicken, avocado, pickles, red cabbage and Kewpie mayo. Lightly toasted, well made sandwiches, generously filled all the way to the edges. Rich creamy coffee completed our unexpected, simple yet wonderful brunch.
Cafe Gaia – there’s a lot more info on their Facebook page, including pictures of their food
3/4 Avoca St (corner of Station St), South Yarra VIC 3141
Telephone: (03) 9866 7522
Monday to Saturday 7.30am to 4.30pm
Sundays and public holidays 8am to 3pm
About this series
In December 2013, my partner Jac and I went on holiday – Melbourne (3 nights), then 3 nights in Launceston (Jac, to stay with a friend) and King Island (me, for a photographic safari with a couple of friends), and finally, Hobart, where we spent Christmas (6 nights). This trip was not sponsored in any way.
The complete set of Melbourne posts
Not bad for three nights’ ‘work’, eh? Hope you’ve enjoyed the series.
- Cumulus Inc, Melbourne
- Queen Victoria Wednesday Night Market, Melbourne
- MoVida, Melbourne
- Orient East, Melbourne
- LuxBite, South Yarra
- China Red, Chinatown
- N2 Extreme Gelato, Fitzroy
- Cafe Gaia, South Yarra – this post
- Burch & Purchese Sweet Studio, South Yarra
- Steer Bar & Grill, South Yarra
- Brunetti at Myer Melbourne and Lygon Street, Carlton
For a preview of some of the stories to come, see Holiday sneak peek. There are still more Melbourne posts on the way.