Ginger’s Coffee Studio Review
- Paul Wood
Twin sisters are the best. Especially when they get up early, cook you breakfast and wait on your every need. Am I right? Before we start throwing around words like sexism or bigotry, I am talking of course about sister cafes The Pantry on Egmont in Hawthorn and Ginger's Coffee Studio in Goodwood.
The Pantry quietly slipped into the suburbs some time ago and has been consistent in serving awesome dishes since, and as word began to spread about this cool little vintage-infused café the line-up for weekend breakfast did too. Enter Ginger's coffee studio just in the nick of time.
A little closer to town in the busy strip at the start of Goodwood Road, this is a great little café with a cheeky retro style. Perhaps it is in the name, but Ginger's is definitely the sister who gets vintage style just a little better. Where the pantry would be wearing a comfortable suit with flared pants, Ginger's is more likely wearing something with a synched waist, inappropriate hemline and a wink and-a-smile-attitude. With original retro furniture and fittings and shelves filled with a quirky array of coloured glassware and kitchenware straight out of your grandma's kitchen, the only thing that would make this place more retro would be roller skating waitresses. In their place are some pretty cool guys behind the counter, pumping out some fantastic coffee and delightful fruit juice smoothies.
The food is also just so delicious and wholesome. Classic breakfasts include porridge, Ginger's ‘Big Breakfast’ and some pretty amazing French toast served with apple and blueberry compote, maple syrup and cinnamon cream cheese. Add a side of bacon to this and you have something from each food group, which is obviously the perfect way to start your day out right. If you're more of an eat-and-run diner get stuck into the breakfast burger. All of the usual breakfast suspects, squashed into a toasted bun topped with a homemade tomato chutney your great aunt would be jealous of. Ginger's is one of those places where its breakfast until you decide it's not, and it's perfectly acceptable for you to order the porcini omelette while your date eats the herb crusted chicken foccacia from the lunch menu.
As lunch menus go the options are limited, but I can certainly recommend the Huon smoked salmon served with a citrus, watercress and potato salad. The flavours are crisp, almost to the point of being refreshing and the acid in the grapefruit and orange segments really works well with the dill and caper dressing. I've heard that the Ginger's burger is pretty special and saw a couple of them floating past while we dined. Lucky for me (and for Ginger's) there will definitely be a next time. Right after my next date with her sister.
WHAT: Ginger’s Coffee Studio
WHERE: 109a Goodwood Rd, Goodwood
WHEN: Mon – Fri 7am – 4.30pm and Sat – Sun 8am – 4pm
CONTACT: 7073 2361
Images: Andre Castellucci / andrec.net
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