Touchwood – Bridge Rd, Richmond

Ah FINALLY! A beautifully sunny spring day in Melbourne…and it’s Saturday! It’s such a good feeling to wake up in the morning, get ready with PG and step outside knowing the weekend has only just begun…and we’re on our way to fill our bellies with a delicious brunch and some smooth, delicious coffees :)

Touchwood is the newest edition to the already eclectic cafe scene on Bridge Rd in Richmond, which makes this space really stand out – with it’s spacious, clean interior. This new cafe is a combined venture by those  that have already opened up Coin Laundry, Station Trading Co, the new Tall Timber and Pillar of Salt – which will only tell you this place is already a success in it’s own right.

I was surprised with the wait when we arrived considering it’s surprisingly spacious when you step inside (hard to believe it’s possible to secure so much real estate on Bridge Rd). It was a 15 minute wait for a table for 2, which is not too bad when you have the sun to soak up outside.

Upon sitting down we were unfortunately told that it would be another 15 minute wait for our coffees to arrive once we ordered them – not the most ideal news to hear when you’ve already waited for your table, not to mention it’s nice to enjoy your coffee before your food arrives. Not ideal, but it’s not a deal breaker.

Touchwood

Touchwood

Skinny Cap - as expected the coffee was devine

Skinny Cap – 5 Senses coffee…as expected the coffee was divine

10

Tequila and citrus cured salmon, poached eggs, smashed peas,
dill, lemon crème fraiche, sautéed endive, sourdough toast

Tequila and citrus cured salmon, poached eggs, smashed peas,  dill, lemon crème fraiche, sautéed endive, sourdough toast

Just the slightest touch overcooked, but still had that beautiful runny yolk moment when broken :D

Omelette, caramelized shallots, roasted capsicum,  buffalo mozzarella, basil oil with a side of Sauasages

Omelette, caramelized shallots, roasted capsicum,
buffalo mozzarella, basil oil with a side of Sausages

The Verdict

Our dishes were so beautifully presented, just the way a lot of new cafes are now serving brunch dishes. Gone are the days where bigger is better. It’s refreshing to be able to have a clean, light brunch to start the day without having having to resort to a fruit salad as the only way to achieve this! PG loved his omelette, a little more than he actually expected to. He even compared it to the ‘Golden Folded Scrambled eggs’ from Porgie, Friends of Mine, Snow Pony and Stables of Como – big call! He loved the addition of the basil oil lightly drizzled around the plate, and the omelette itself had a slight unexpected chili kick to it. Despite looking like quite a light dish, he felt quite full at the end of it.

My dish was so elegantly presented, the vibrant colours of all the elements made the whole plate look so appetising. The tequila and citrus cured salmon was so fresh, and the addition of the airy, whipped dill and lemon creme fraiche added the richness that it needed. When it first arrived and I saw the small pieces of bread, I was a little disappointed as I am quite partial to a nice thick piece of sourdough bread! But after finishing the dish I realised there was a reason behind why they had made this decision, it was just right. And the bread tasted better than it looked.

Normally PG and I like more of an intimate atmosphere for brunch, it’s quite loud and lacks a little character – but this place is all about the coffee and the food, and they really hit the mark on both points. We will definitely be back :)

Touchwood
480 Bridge Road
Richmond, VIC 3121
www.touchwoodcafe.com

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