‘Miss Marmalade’ has been a resident of Brunswick for over 6 years now, and has gracefully preserved the charm of the Victorian terrace building she resides in. The historic structure has a rendered façade, with tiled surrounds and a classic skillion verandah. Graeme Baker has been at this Union Street site for almost three years now, having traded in his financial planning career for that of a café owner. Together with his wife Claire, Graeme devised the cafés layout so as to cater for all – including children. They do this by way of 4 separate areas, which includes the al fresco dining at the front of the two storey building. It’s no coincidence a café that was initially named after the original owners’ young daughter (who incidentally had bright orange hair), would continue to accommodate for kids, without compromising the experience of others.
The front section of the café has a welcoming warmth about it, which is punctuated by the exposed red brick walls, potted greenery, and sturdy counters made from reclaimed timber beams; one of which houses the shiny La Marzocco Linea PB. It’s in here that folks can read the morning paper whilst sipping their latte, enjoying a meal and a fine drop from the wine menu. Upstairs serves as a function room, and also operates as a dining area on weekends when the café is busy. Walking down the narrow corridor into the back room, here you find the child friendly section. It’s in this spacious area that mums and dads can let the kids enjoy an array of toys and books which are available, while they have a moments break. The café even caters for the children, with a special kids menu that includes eggs on toast, cheesy soldiers, nuggets and chips, and my childhood favourite- Cocopops!
The adults’ menu is diverse, and popular breakfast dishes include the Bacon Eggs Benny with crusty potato & rosemary bread, and house made hash; The Sweet Potato Stacks with grilled Haloumi; and the Ricotta Hotcakes on lemon curd with poached pears, orange mascarpone, and chocolate soil. If you’re coming for lunch, you may want to choose from the Wagyu Beef Burger; Soft Shell Crab Sliders; or Fish of the Day.
True to form, I came for the coffee, and I wasn’t disappointed. Beans are sourced from Clark Street Roasters, and the Mastermind blend serves as the house coffee. This blend is made up of the Nicaraguan Finca Buena Vista, and Colombian La Estrella Del Ostro; which combine to produce a smooth cup with sweet honey and nut tones.
I opted for the single origin of the day, which to my luck, was a pulped natural Brazilian, from Fazenda Alta Vista. This coffee dawns from the Minas Gerais region, where Robson Vilela grows Yellow Bourbon and Yellow Catuai plants at an altitude between 1020 and 1290 meters above sea level. Unsurprisingly, my long black was wonderfully sweet, with hints of dried fruit and Vin Santa; reminiscent of mum’s Christmas pudding.
In an area renowned for its hipster culture, ‘Miss Marmalade’ captures the hearts of all.
126 Union St