Brunswick Flour Mill is a casual, pretension-free cafe in the heart of Sydney Road.

As their name suggests they are an artisan bakery as well as dining out venue, with loaves, cakes, pastries and ready-made sandwiches all on offer.

The all day breakfast/lunch sit down menu is not particularly fancy and frankly a bit dated (club sandwich and chicken caesar salad, anyone?) but both B and I liked what we ordered.

First off, French toast with banana and toasted pecans served with crispy bacon, maple syrup and strawberries ($14.90). This wasn’t just French toast, it was a French sandwich! Two thick slabs of eggy bread pressing together a sweet paste of banana and nuts, fried on both sides. How could you go wrong?

I would have preferred my bacon a bit crispier but it’s a small quibble. Overall the breakfast was hearty, hit all the right savoury and sweet notes and good value.

B had the Mediterranean Beef salad with couscous, rocket and roasted capsicum finished with sweet chilli mayo ($14.90). There was nothing particularly ‘Mediterranean’ about the salad except maybe the fact that it contained couscous and while a seemingly odd addition, the sweet chilli mayo worked surprisingly well with the rest of the ingredients. Again, for $14.90 good value for a huge serving.

They serve certified organic rainforest alliance coffee with a monthly single origin cup and house blend available.

The Brunswick Flour Mill isn’t the kind of cafe that will blow you away, but the food we had was simple, delicious and generously sized, while the staff were smiling and friendly. Worth a visit if you’re in the area.

For other Sydney Road cafes, try Tom Phat and Green Refectory.

Brunswick Flour Mill, 337-341 Sydney Rd, Brunswick +61 3 9078 0497

Monday – Sunday 7.30am – 5.00pm

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