Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Shire cafe

If you're like me and immediately thought of short little men with hairy feet, GET THAT OUT OF YOUR HEAD!

Although, Shire certainly was very homely and cosy, which those hobbits did like.

I've been wanting to try this place out for ages, I don't remember where I had heard about it from, but I liked the website and I quite liked the offerings that the menu from the website had to offer.

So just last night, my mum picked up our new copy of the Melbourne Entertainment booklet, which, lo and behold, had a voucher for Shire! I think it was meant to be.

Whilst the very vibrant and loud graffiti on the outside makes this place look like a funky hipster place, the second you walk in, you feel like you've walked into someone's house. It is a very quiet intimate space, which let in lots of light, which I always enjoy.

I got my usual chai latte (it really is becoming a usual event now...) which I extremely enjoyed! My mother found it too sweet, but I found that, although sweet it the chai still gave a good strong bite from the spice and a warmth in the back the throat. Which on a cool 19 degree day is perfect. And hey at least I know the sweetness came from all the honey that I saw sitting at the bottom of the glass before I stirred it up!

Mum got the fish and chips, the potatoes were amazing and the salad was very interesting, had a bit of chilli and dried shallots in it, which really added to the flavour! The fish however, my mum found the batter a bit too doughy, but she still finished all the fish.

I went for the sweet corn fritters with avocado, tomatoes and mushroom (usually has bacon but the vegetarian version came with mushrooms. Which I felt like having). Absolutely delicious, the fritters really were full of sweet corn and the flavours were rich but just worked together. Everything tasted so fresh. Would definitely go back for those again.

Or that amazing chai latte. Mmm.

69 Victoria St

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  1. Yum, I live really near Fitzroy and am always looking for new places to try so this is awesome! Anything else in particular you think needs to be had??

  2. Hi Vee!

    I would be quite keen to see how well they do eggs...and it intrigued me that they had a curry special or two as well. The menu is quite diverse!

  3. What, how do I not know about this place right near my house?? Looks fabulous and hopefully a little unknown from the hipster hoards.

    Jetsetting Joyce

  4. For having walls slapped with fluro coloured graffiti, it does somehow manage to stay quite inconspicuous!