Slowpoke cafe (Facebook) opened earlier this week in the space formerly occupied by Pollen Industries, and has been immediately popular. Milk bar mag and Dear Melbourne have already reviewed it, and you can see more images of the interior from designer Sasufi. I thought it would be best to give them a couple of days to get settled before I visited, and did so yesterday morning.

Their long macchiato is of medium strength and without bitterness, and my smashed egg, mayo and jamon toasted Turkish bread roll with chilli jam was hot and tasty. The egg was boiled and roughly mashed like an egg salad – a nice novelty. I’m confident Slowpoke will be a success because the staff are friendly and crucially they open early in the morning to cater for the stream of pedestrian commuters heading into the city. Refusing to do this was one of Pollen’s failings.

slowpokefood breakfast at Slowpoke cafe on Brunswick St

breakfast at Slowpoke cafe on Brunswick St

3 thoughts on “breakfast at Slowpoke cafe on Brunswick St

  • 10 June 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Had the smashed egg and jamon Turkish roll this morning, and really enjoyed it. I don’t think that location is great though – too far south of the busy strip of Brunswick, but not that close to Gertrude.

    • 10 June 2011 at 2:34 pm

      I’m optimistic they’ll do ok with the morning flow of workers into the city. But there is also a new competitor called Stencil cafe coming soon to the former Le Ha Asian deli and African home wares shop on the corner of Hanover St.


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