Friday, May 21, 2010

El Mirage

My take on this place is simple. It sports a retro-chic ambience and charm, the wait staff fit in with the surrounds – decked out in fashionably vintage styled ensembles. As soon as you walk in the place exudes a sense of eccentricity. Once you are seated in their light filled long room and scan the menu you understand why. The menu is fresh with exciting brekkie options that will have your mouth watering and it definitely hits the spot upon arrival – I am hanging to go back, and soon. Funnily enough though I always like to take a trawl of internet resto-review sites and my experience seems to align with only a few “lucky” dinners that have likewise expressed positive reviews, most were openly unhappy, dissatisfied with “unfriendly” service and intolerance to kids. The only point I can remark on with regard to the former negative aspect is that we were short-changed twice when we paid our bill and no apology passed the waitress or owners lips!

A sucker for great food and a point of difference – the menu alive with offbeat options – sour cherry toast with mascarpone, Slim Jim poached eggs with ricotta, fig chutney and avocado and the pancakes with lemon curd, mascarpone and maple syrup – fluffy and oh so sweet!

349 Lygon St
Brunswick East VIC 3057
Ph:+ 61 03 9388 0966

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