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543 High Street
Prahran VIC 3181
Tel : +61 3 9521 2516
License: Fully Licensed (no BYO)
Price Range: $$$$
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A 'seasonal menu' has become a cliche, but Prahan cafe Spoonful takes this idea very seriously. You get that when the first item on the breakfast menu is 'the best fruit we can find in rosewater syrup'. The menu is full of creatively executed Modern Australian dishes and the cafe's got a bright, breezy dining room to match. Come for a laid-back brunch.

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Halfway between Orrong Road and Williams Road on High Street, on the corner of Chatsworth Road.

Weekends see Spoonful crowded with locals who come for the excellent coffee and varied food options. On weekdays this great little cafe is a badly kept secret among ladies who lunch. The interior is bright and eclectic, and has a charming French provincial ambience. Plain whitewashed walls are livened up with splashes of colour courtesy of fresh flowers, potted plants, hanging lanterns and a banquette along one wall scattered with cheery cushions. A large communal table dominates and is perfect for spreading out the weekend papers, as long as you don’t mind jostling elbows with a few like minded neighbours.

The frequently changing menu keeps things interesting for diners and staff alike. Breakfast on saffron and elderflower poached pears with labne and pistachios, Persian fetta, spinach and dukkah scrambled eggs with toasted ciabatta or ricotta and cream cheese fritters with baked apple, honey and lemon syrup. Lunchtime fare might include oxtail risotto with parsley and lemon, a winter salad of red endive, pink grapefruit, pomegranate, ricotta and pine nuts with orange blossom dressing or Syrian snapper with ginger, lemon and saffron on pistachio cous cous. If you can’t get a seat, Teaspoon, the even tinier adjunct next to Spoonful, is ideal for a quick takeaway coffee and croissant or you can window shop for pates, cheeses, cakes and pantry essentials as well as a few sweet homeware items. The entire venue is available to hire for functions and Spoonful’s catering arm offers tasty little bites for everything from afternoon teas to weddings.

Angela Costanzo
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