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While I’m frequently swayed by the allure and hype surrounding many of the restaurants in the CBD and adjacent suburbs, I do occasionally enjoy exploring the dining scene a little closer to home in the western suburbs. This was the case during one lazy Sunday afternoon when I decided on Nosh @ Newport for a catch up brunch session with Mr. TMF.
The family-friendly cafe possessed two large indoors seating area, in addition to the seats surrounding the exterior of the restaurant. Situated on a rather peaceful stretch of suburbia (save for the occasional train), many seemed the enjoy sitting outside. We had considered following suit, especially with the sun shining brightly, but the cosy warmth from the heating inside changed my mind.
Toasted bacon & egg Turkish roll - with caramelized onion, cheddar, aioli & nosh relish.
No complaints from Mr. TMF.
Truffle mushroom scrambled eggs on toasted ciabatta bread - with smoked chicken, grilled asparagus & cherry tomatoes.
The scrambled eggs possessed a great ratio of egg to mushrooms, with just a little more of the latter to the former. The eggs sported only a hint of a truffle oil flavour, but I thought that the minimal amount was perfect for a lighter breakfast meal. The smokiness in the chicken was non-existent but there was plenty of grilled flavour, providing a taste that was very similar to bacon. The toasted ciabatta bread added some crunch, while the asparagus and tomatoes brought an element of freshness to the dish. Overall, a down-to-earth but tasty breakfast.
The brownie was very rich and dense, but the subtle bitterness of the chocolate lessened the potential sweetness, resulting in a flavour combination that wasn’t overly or sickeningly sweet. Still, I would recommend sharing this if you aren’t the biggest fan of chocolate. While I’m not a fan of nuts, I thought the presence of the chopped nuts was necessary - it helped break up the dense texture and provided some relief to counter the chocolatiness.
Carrot cake, with cream cheese frosting.
Served warm, the carrot cake was every bit as moist and fluffy as hinted by its appearance, and the abundance of chopped fruits, nuts and carrots added to the texture and flavour of the cake. It was definitely not a bad way to end our meal.
The combination of our tasty meal with their great customer service served as a reminder that there are decent places to eat at in the west side. More than decent I should say. It’s definitely a restaurant to keep on my growing list of go-to brunch places on this side of town.
Nosh @ Newport
24 Hall St,
Newport, Victoria, 3015.
(03) 9391 6404