Isn't it funny, that what is old, always becomes new again. Fashion is the most vicious and well known of these cycles, with even the fashions from the 80s making a come back with their power shoulders (albeit with more black and more studs) and even denim on denim (urgh).
At Penny Farthing Espresso, the name is apparently homage to the humble Penny Farthing, those funny bicycle things with one massive wheel at the front and a small one at the back. And whilst the Penny Farthing dates back to the 1800's, Penny Farthing Espresso in Northcote, is certainly a little more current.
Brad and I visited on a darling Sunday, the sun was out, it was breezy, but I still slipped on my pretty printed dress, very high platforms (that just beckoned for Spring) and strutted about Northcote.
When we first go to Penny Farthing it was a bit after 12 and very, very busy. We were told it would be a 10 minute wait, so we walked around the area and I eyeballed where else I would like to visit.
I'm not usually in Northcote, but after this visit, and actually realising how not far away it is, I do hope I can find more time to be here. It's a gorgeous little area, with lots of cute cafes and some fancier looking places dotted here and there.
After strolling around, we eventually got a seat right inside, next to the window. Views of outside and inside, fantastic! It stayed busy all afternoon, it's snug and it's simple. There were a few tables outside, one or two small tables inside, one communal table and some tables out back, which I didn't get a peek at. Chalkboards, simple wooden tables and little knick knacks and cogs lying about the place. All quite quaint.
This guy was parked outside our window most of the time we were there. He was massive! Brad commented that if the comedian Billy Connolly was a dog, this is exactly what he would look like. I really couldn't agree more!
Brad had his latte and I, my chai latte. It came to me unsweetened and I loved that they had the honey and cinnamon like little condiments on the side. Was really lovely.
Brad got the 3 egg omelette, with chorizo and Spanish onion...and some other things. It's one of the prettiest omelette's I've seen in a while, a perfectly half moon shape and fluffy, just look at the volume it has there!
I opted for the baked eggs with rosemary roasted pumpkin, spinach and a side of garlic sourdough. Isn't it just pretty? The eggs were a little more cooked through than I'm used to having, but I suppose that's when I generally have saucy baked eggs, with the pumpkin, I quite liked it being a little more thoroughly cooked. It felt so clean and healthy! I wouldn't have minded a little more pumpkin, but otherwise this dish left me feeling content.
Someone's pretty content I think....
I'm quietly a little surprised that for being so busy, Penny Farthing Espresso staff were very friendly, apologetic for the wait and attentive to our needs. I very much enjoyed our quiet corner in the bustling atmosphere and am quite keen to come back to try their dinners one night...