I take it back. The next Melbourne culinary wave isn’t going to be Korean. It’s hybrid pastry forms.
Cheerio recently won The Age Good Cafe Guide’s award for ‘Best Small Cafe’ and its tiny frame belies its big heart. On the day of my visit the two owners were working the tables, the till and the humming La Marzocco (coffee is made using Seven Seeds’ espresso blend). For the hour that I was there people waltzed in for coffee, a sweet treat, a quiet moment with the papers, a chat and work conferences around the communal table.
The all-day menu is a simple one-page affair and given the high prices I’ve paid at some places recently, surprisingly good value.
I loved my breakfast burger, a brioche bun sandwiching a fried egg still googly in the yolk, a slice of bacon and crunchy fresh spinach ($10). The promised hollandaise seemed to have gone AWOL but was not missed as there was still a slick of tomato relish on the bun. I added a side of buttery thyme-sprinkled sauteed button mushrooms ($3.50).
Then there was the briont ($7.50). It’s two slabs of hyper-flaky toast and it came with a small, but important, feature – two all-you-can-eat jars of handmade Jam Lady jam. With the prospect (almost) unlimited jam I ended up slathering tiny slices of briont with huge mounds of pear, vanilla and pear jam, a personal favourite.
I liked sweet little Cheerio. The food was simple but right on the mark, the service was friendly and the place had a real favourite-local feel. Cheers Cheerio!
Cheerio, 323 Lennox St, Richmond
Mon to Sat 7:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sun 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
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