The Food Dude does Breakfast at ‘Nineteen Squares’, St Kilda & says….. “I regret not having paid this cute little cafe a visit before!”

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Nineteen Squares Cafe

Tucked away in quaint little Blessington Street, at the bottom end of Acland and Barkly Streets, in St Kilda, I discovered the cosy Nineteen Squares cafe amongst five or six other petite cafes, all teeming with local foodies. It’s reputation preceding it, I was eager to give this popular little spot a go.

Not fancy and non pretentious, Nineteen Squares is a snug, warm and comfortable space inside and has a most unlikely ‘no frills’ outdoor eating area out front, graced with ingenious plastic milk and bread crates for the furniture – it works brilliantly! Everything under $10 on the basic menu for breakfast or lunch alike makes this minute cafe worth a stop and try. Casting my eyes down the tiny, barely intelligible menu, I am tempted by their famous Chicken ‘Sanga’ which I read about on all it’s food blog reviews, but it’s breakfast time! I will have to try that another time.
There are many yummy choices; Cinnamon and Rhubarb Porridge, Poached Fruit Compote,Thyme and Fetta Mushrooms on toast, and Spiced Rhubarb with yoghurt, being just some of the interesting alternatives. However I desperately want to try their ‘One Pot Wonder’ I kept hearing about on the street. I am approached by the cheery co-owner, Tamara Gluzman, who brings the long black I ordered on my way in within a few minutes, it was big and bold with a mellow nutty flavor. Expertly prepared by barista Mario Baeza, Supreme Organic Fair is the delicious coffee brand.

Nineteen Squares coffee

I order that anxiously awaited One Pot Wonder, for a very reasonable $11. Chef Will describes the dish as: “two eggs baked in a terracotta pot with Chorizo sausage in a Napoli sauce with Fetta Cheese,” when Tamara brought this unique, impressive looking pot to my table she said: “This is our signature dish and most people go for this one!” Well, I can tell you it did in no way disappoint, and the Napoli sauce, the 2 poached eggs are immersed in, with cumin, paprika and chilli, is superb. Then there are those absolutely delicious Chorizo sausages, made locally by Gruners butchers around the corner in Barkly St, that completed the taste experience. What a novel idea though; to present this dish in a Terracotta Pot, making this ‘brekkie’ memorable!

The Food Dude says: “Best breakfast, best location (away from the hustle and bustle), and with warm, attentive staff; Tamara, Marco and Will, I’ll definitely be back for that world famous Chicken Sandwich!“

P.S. :Tamara Gluzman is looking for an investor for a partnership In 19 Squares, phone Tamara on 0406498060 or Email: tamara_gluzman@hotmail.com

 


Nineteen Squares Cafe

31 Blessington St, St Kilda

Open 7 days for breakfast and lunch – Monday to Friday 6:30am to 5pm, & weekends 7am to 5pm.

Phone: (03) 85989919

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