Day 5 at 2pm: De Clieu was pumping.
Seven Seeds‘ new baby had buzz from the beginning. Actually, it had buzz before the beginning, with rumours on Twitter well before the announcement of its impending opening. De Clieu opened on a Tuesday, had a series of reviews in the first 4 days (the first by My Aching Head) and by the Saturday was the madness shown above. A pretty impressive feat given the stiff competition on Gertrude Street.
But then again, Seven Seeds rightly has a name for itself. Clearly, the draw here is the coffee, although there is also a short menu that offers a mixture of dishes suitable for breakfast or lunch. On the more breakfasty side is toast ($5.5 or $6.5 for fruit), gluten-free muesli and the amusingly titled ‘let’s get going’ combination of coco pops, red cordial and coffee for $10. The balance of the dishes would work for either breakfast or lunch and include a ricotta wedge on toast with a range of toppings ($8.5 – $13.5), lentil and rice pancake ($12.5 or $16.5 with prawns), pickled calamari salad ($14.5) and a range of baguettes (poached veal $10.5, duck neck sausage $11.5) and toasted sandwiches (ham $9.5, asparagus and rocket $ 10.5 or banana and nutella $7.5).
I popped in for a coffee and quick lunch with my mate J. The obviously gluten-free options on the menu (muesli, salad or lentil and rice pancake) didn’t immediately appeal. While the menu does not state that gluten-free bread is available, I noticed that the bread supplier is Fatto a Mano, the maker of one of my favourite GF breads. The waitress confirmed that GF bread is served and I happily ordered the toasted sandwich with ham and raclette.
While we waited for my sandwich, we enjoyed some lovely coffees:
A good 30 minutes later my sandwich had not surfaced and we joked that the delay could be due to the staff having to make a mad dash across the road to buy more GF bread. I finally decided to ask after the sandwich and the explanation was far less interesting, the docket had mistakenly been marked as completed. The sandwich arrived shortly thereafter, along with an apology, and the sandwich was on the house:
This was good. Warm, smokey ham, with an interesting tomato mustard, spring onion and raclette.
All in all, it was a slightly mad visit (due to the crowds) but the coffee was great and the sandwich I had was nice. A slight misstep with service is understandable only 5 days in, and it was handled very well. I’ll definitely be back for a coffee and a nibble soon.
187 Gertrude St, Fitzroy
Ph: (03) 9416 4661