Was Touks, now... Chicco! The newest member of the Seddon family has grace and poise, but is still friendly and inviting.
The decor is gorgeous - if you squint your eyes, you could be in a coffee plantation out of an Isabel Allende novel. Hanging baskets with curling creepers, old lace atop dark wood tables and cushions fashioned from old coffee sacks. It sounds whimsical but it isn't - everything works together harmoniously. The floor is cool polished concrete, each table has nice salt on it, and the front windows open right up to create a big, airy and refreshing space.
Chicco use Padre coffee, as do Footscray Milking Station, locally roasted in Brunswick. This wasn't quite as velvety as a latte from the Milking Station, which might have something to do with MS's primo Slayer machine. Still, a very nice cup.
Babycinos are just too adorable!
I love the menu - it's visually appealing and adventurous in its content. Breakfast veers away from boring build-your-own plates to dabble in unusual touches like eggs with dukkah (a Middle Eastern nut and spice mix), minted eggplant puree, beetroot relish and house-cured salmon. There's organic bacon as an extra, as well as chillies!
Roasted red pepper and cashew pesto with poached free range eggs, smoked paprika and spinach on sourdough, $14
These poached eggs were glorious, on great Dench bread spread with fantastic, rich red capsicum and cashew pesto. Earthy smoked paprika was complemented by a herbaceous drizzle of good olive oil. Simple yet smart, and seriously yummy.
Cheesy jaffle, $3.50
The lunch menu looks great, with a free range chicken schnitzel with Italian slaw and garlic aioli I've got my eye on. They're licensed and have a couple of fun ciders on the menu. Sweets continue to gently bend the boundaries with a walnut and bourbon tart, as well as old school lamingtons.
Chicco (turn sound down if at work!)
77 Charles Street, Seddon
Hours: Wed-Mon 8am-4pm (closed Tuesdays)
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