Faraday’s Cage is the name of an enclosure used to block electric fields – as well as the name of a stunning warehouse cafe and artisan bakery in Fitzroy.
John Petrou, a former electrical engineer, and his wife, have turned his passion for baking sourdough into their new project.
Faraday’s Cage is a little off the beaten track off Brunswick Street, Smith Street/Johnston Street and as such may be a bit harder to find. Which means the too-cool-for-school brunching/Instagramming/Snapchatting hipsters haven’t overrun it yet.
Through the kitchen glass you can inspect the handmade sourdough loaves, baked goods and pastries being freshly baked daily, ready for sale or to go in their cafe menu.
Out the back behind the big steel doors is an undercover, heated courtyard that runs out onto quiet Chapel Street. It’s a gorgeous little hideaway, even on a rainy day when I visit.
As I find it difficult to decide I go straight to the dish with the most variety, the Faraday Platter ($23). It is an enormous board, really suitable for two people, containing a granola yoghurt pot, boiled egg, rillettes, smoked salmon, pickle, chorizo croquettes and chunky dip with crusty baguette.
For a sweet treat we also share a buttermilk hotcake ($18). It’s a fluffy pan-cooked hot cake studded with crunchy macadamia praline pieces inside and topped with a huge dollop of mascarpone, fresh berries and Persian fairy floss.
If you want extra bread with your meal, you just have to ask for it and it’s free.
Faraday’s Cage is a quiet standout in Fitzroy, a suburb that’s arguably saturated with excellent cafes. Seek it out for its fantastic, reasonably priced breakfasts, fresh baked goods, friendly service and a courtyard oasis.