Sometimes you wake up not knowing exactly what you're going to do with your day, but you're not excepting anything special.
Well today started like that, except that something special did happen. We tried another local cafe and it literally put a spring in our step.
Port Melbourne has a number of cafes, small restaurants and brunch spots. Dan and I certainly haven't visited even half of them, but so far most have gone onto our 'visit again' list and a couple were quickly forgotten.
Balderdash, on Bay St, is now well and truly near the top of my 'must visit again' list. The combination of attentive service, amazing food and relaxed ambiance made it a real winner. There was even water and shade for your furry friends - we had Dan's dog (Maple) with us.
There were so many things on the menu that sounded appealing, it was difficult to decide. (Luckily I can go back and try the other options.) In the end I chose the Beetroot, pumpkin and green lentil salad. Dan, surprise, surprise, ordered the Eggs benedict and a Cappuccino.
The salad was fresh and delicious. I'm not sure what type of goat's cheese they used, but it would have to be one of the best I've ever had. (I feel that I should admit that I haven't eaten much cheese lately, so maybe my taste buds were just thrilled to encounter any goat's cheese.) And unlike some salads, it was filling without being laden with meat or dressing.
Dan loved his 'eggs bennie with an extra egg' and the coffee was so good that he ordered two. I guess not much else needed to be said. (Upon further reflection, Dan also commented that it was the most well presented eggs benedict to date.)
One visit doesn't exactly qualify Balderdash to be our preferred local brunch spot, but we will certainly be back with the glimmer of hope that it might be.
Location: 295 Bay St, Port Melbourne VIC 3207