The Pickers Union has had a facelift since I was last here and caught up with its ever so friendly owners Sev and Bek, and lots has changed. It’s still attached to the Geelong Vintage Market, which is run Sevs father, who is always up for a chat.
They’ve done away with the recycled timber furniture and counter, and the industrial fitout has been replaced by a more modern interior with lots of white, gold fittings, and the addition of a stone feature wall. The La Marzocco GB5 has been replaced by a Kees van der Westen Spirit, and the menu has been totally overhauled. Oh, and Sevs had a haircut…and his chrome dome totally suits him! There’s a lot more space, and the Pickers team continue to draw the crowds. Some things never change though, and I was relieved that they still serve coffee from local roasters Cartel. On any given day, they have their Grandmaster blend in the grinder, along with two single origin options.
Today they had a washed Rwandan and a washed Ethiopian Guji Chire available. I had a short black in the Ethiopian Guji, which had that deliciously juicy and sweet profile I adore in Ethiopian beans roasted by Coffee Cartel.
Much like the venues layout, the menu has changed, and went from offering a small selection of Panini & sweet treats, to listing a number of impressive dishes loaded with nutritious and flavour packed ingredients. Breakfast includes Smashed Avo with free range eggs and activated seed mix; Pulled Pork eggs benedict with chipotle emulsion; and Crispy soft shell crab in a croissant with Asian style slaw. If your after something ‘a little more lunchy’, they have the ‘Oh My Gosh Waffles’ with roast peanut semifreddo and Hershey’s chocolate fudge; 14 hour slow cooked hickory smoked brisket sandwiched between roast onion waffles; and the Southern Fried chicken burger with maple bacon.
The Pickers Union
3 Mackey St
North Geelong VIC 3215