Barry | Doughboys

Once again, Fakegf has suggested an unfamiliar name for our weekly brunch explorations.

What a superwoman…! Where does she hear about these places??

Barry Cafe Northcote 1090

Barry

85 High Street
Northcote, VIC 3070
03 9481 7623
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And such a pwetty pwetty looking place too… with a smart fitout, white brick walls and sleekly styled woods. And I liked how the waitstaff donned neutral coloured aprons with bold polkadots.

Barry Cafe Northcote 1105Barry Cafe Northcote 1095 Single origin piccolo $4.3 | Magic $3.8

They use Five Senses coffee beans here and the coffees were well made, churned out of a graphite grey Synesso machine. Fakegf’s magic had rounded notes with quirky hints of lipstick and a slight nuttiness to it. I grabbed a Brazilian single origin (Alice Estate) as a piccolo, it had a dark roasty punch with a powdery finish.

Barry Cafe Northcote 2 Calmer sutra soy chai $4.5

Fatbee got a soy chai latte, which was agreeably nice and mellow.

Barry Cafe Northcote 1103 Portobello and enoki mushroom omelette, havarti cheese, truffled hazelnuts, toast $16.5

Here’s Fakegf’s simple-yet-winning dish of mushroom omelette on wholegrain toast. The smell of truffle oil was intoxicating and I had serious food envy.

Barry Cafe Northcote 1097Cucumber and gin cured ocean trout, freekeh, roasted cauliflower, pomegranate, coriander, shredded kale, soft boiled egg $17.5

I’ve been rather adventurous with my brunch dishes lately and chose a freekeh salad with cured ocean trout. I think the words ‘shredded kale’ sold me for this dish.

It was an alright dish, healthy in its own right… but the soft boiled egg was actually pre-cooked then served chilled and I thought the trout could’ve had less fishiness to it. Next time I’ll stick with cured/smoked salmon.

Barry Cafe Northcote 1102 Brioche, pistachio mascarpone, rose scented raspberries, halva $15.5

‘Brioche’… that’s a word that always catches my eye. Even though I normally don’t do sweet dishes when I brunch, Fatbee always swoops in and saves the day as he’d often pick the sweet dishes from a brunch menu and I’d usually sneak a nibble when he isn’t looking.

He enjoyed this dish… it was different and not overly sweet. The airy pieces of crumbed halva were particularly good.

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Here ends another enjoyable experience at a newly discovered cafe, thanks to Fakegf for spotting it. The coffees were good and the menu quite interesting. But one funny thing is… a secret part of me keeps thinking this place should be called “Bawwy”.

Doughboys QVM 1109

Doughboys

456 Queen St
Melbourne, VIC 3000
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We stopped by Queen Victoria Market on our way home and thought it’d be a great opportunity for us to visit Doughboys to sample its bright-and-plumpy looking doughnuts.

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The doughnut shack is located up the stairs next to a bar (Fancy Hanks) with plenty of ample seating around. I assume this place becomes pretty busy in the evenings when the bar opens for business.

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The display of doughnuts on offer made my my jaws literally drop with awe. And better still, they’re freshly dipped to order right in front of you!

Doughboys QVM 1117GRIZZLY $5.8 Dark chocolate icing w/ Belgian chocolate coated almond praline

The deep dark colour of the grizzly really appealed to me as I’m personally a fan of dark chocolate. But biting into it, I realised it was more like icing with dark chocolate in it, rather than a pure dark chocolate dip per se. As such, the icing was on the sweet side but not to say that it did not have a decent chocolatey push to it. Not bad.

Doughboys QVM 2 PBJ $5.8 Dip #1 Peanut butter Dip #2 Fresh blueberry jam sprinkled w/ roasted and crushed nuts

Fakegf picked the PBJ to share, and we agreed it’d be an awesome choice… what’s not to like about peanut butter? I like how our dessert preferences are so in sync. Once again, the icing pushed it into sweet sweet territory and I sort of wanted more peanut butter action in this doughnut.

But what about the bread itself? Doughboy’s doughnuts come textured in the classic American-style, where it’s actually quite dense and bready rather than the light, briochey-fluffy types that you see with Krispy Kreme. I personally don’t eat doughnuts all that often so this was quite a change to me, and its denseness made me think that it was thinking about becoming a puffed-up bagel. My companions prefer their doughnuts in this classic-style and they were happy, although Fatbee says next time he’d just ask for the doughnut itself without the dips.

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Overall the doughnuts were good but not ‘wow’… and of course eating these freshly dipped doughnuts can be quite a messy affair. But never fear, the washrooms are just around the corner! Boys go into the ‘sausage’ room while girls can wash up where the ‘buns’ are…*chuckle*