I awoke on Good Friday excited at the prospect of a four day weekend then utterly terrified by the realisation that there was NO FOOD IN THE HOUSE. Well, nothing fresh and, after an uncharacteristic freezer clean out, nothing frozen either. All that was available was foods from my overstocked cupboard, heaving with canned tomatoes, chickpeas, beans, lentils, pasta, rice, baking goods and every kind of condiment imaginable. This is all well and good, but it isn’t breakfast.
Lack of food makes me panicky but thankfully in my panic, I remembered that Three Bags Full is around the corner and after a recent reconnaissance mission, that it has gluten free bread to boot. A panicked call to Three Bags Full (TBF) yielded the positive response that they were in fact open on Good Friday and after a mad rush out of the house (don’t want to get there too late and the place to be packed), we were shortly thereafter ensconced in the oddly not-very-full space. Last time we visited, TBF was heaving, with a line of hipsters (yes I will say it) snaking outside and around the corner. I suspect that it was quiet because it was barely 9am on a public holiday. By the time we left it was completely full.
The warehouse space is filled with quirky features – upside down cup and saucer light fittings, street sign bar stools and vintage scales. The mix of hanging light fittings and the built wooden wall gives the place warmth.
On to the menu, the usual suspects abound – muesli, bircher, several types of eggs, hotcakes and baked beans. Looking back on the menu now, there looks to be a good selection of options available, although at the time I was a bit underwhelmed. I ended up choosing the TBF Scramble with a side of bacon ($18), served with gluten free toast:
It was fine. The scrambled eggs were a bit more cooked than my preference, the feta added saltiness rather than creaminess and the bacon was nothing special. I felt a little disappointed, particularly as Mr M makes a killer scrambled eggs at home.
Mr M went for the vegie breakfast ($16):
He liked that the poached eggs were perfectly cooked and there was a generous amount of avocado, but he wasn’t a massive fan of the rest of the dish. The mushrooms, tomatoes and spinach were a bit bland.
Service was friendly and efficient. Despite the fact that it was becoming quite busy as we finished, we weren’t pressured to leave our table. Coffee was excellent.
So all in all, it was a little so-so. TBF has lots of great elements (fit out, coffee, service and atmosphere) but our food just wasn’t that great. After a wonderful breakfast at Mixed Business, I can’t see myself visiting TBF for breakfast again, but I’ll definitely stop by for a coffee.
Three Bags Full
Corner Nicholson & Mollison streets, Abbotsford
Ph: (03) 9421 2732