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Friends of Mine is the new baby from Jason Jones of Porgie and Mr Jones. The cafe is situated in the somewhat industrial Eastern end of Swan Street, Richmond and opened just over a week ago. I was quite surprised at the size of the space, with three rooms, an entry (with a seriously delicious looking sweets cabinet), a light filled middle room with polished concrete and accents of yellow, and the somewhat more formal main room, pictured above.

We arrived early (about 9am) on Saturday morning and comfortably found a table for our group of five. As we were leaving at about 10am, the place was completely full. If you want to avoid the crowds and the noise (I’ve been told that the place can get quite loud when it is full) the early morning start is worthwhile, although brekky is served until 3pm.

The menu at Friends of Mine traverses many of the favourites from Porgie and Mr Jones – familiar dishes include the herb and cheesy toast ($9.9), smashed avocado with thyme buttered mushrooms ($16.9, with poached egg $18.9), toasted banana bread with maple syrup ($14.9) and golden folded scrambles with fresh herbs ($12.9). Other breakfast options include bircher muesli with rhubarb and vanilla compote, croissants ($5.5 or $7.5 with ham and cheese) or a selection of piadini and baguettes ($10.9 or $12.5 with a side salad) from the ‘something bready’ part of the menu. Lunchtime offerings are divided into smaller plates (including a bread board, bruschetta and soup), salads (smoked eel, lentil and chicken) and bigger plates (including hapuka, risotto and pork belly).

Arriving first thing in the morning with friends N, L and S, our sights were firmly set on the breakfast side of the menu. S and I are both wheat-free and were very pleased to see that Friends of Mine offers homemade gluten-free bread ($1 extra).

I decided to try something a little different from my norm and went for the eggs benedict ($16.9):

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That thick cut piece of toast was gluten-free and would be up there as contender for best ever (the other great GF bread is from Fatto a Mano). The hollandaise was rich but did not overpower the smokey chunks of ham hock and the poached eggs were perfectly wobbly. I’d come back for this alone.

Both S & N decided to go for the Porgie & Mr Jones (and now Friends of Mine) classic of smashed avocado, mushroom and feta:

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The avocado had a nice acidity to it from the lemon juice, there was salty richness from the feta and those were some deliciously fragrant mushrooms. Another great dish.

L went the somewhat more healthy route of poached fruit with oat crumble and labne ($11.9):

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The dish had a somewhat middle eastern twist thanks to the labne, pistachio and orange blossom. L enjoyed it, but enviously sized up our various egg-focussed breakfasts.

We decided to end with something sweet – a macaron from Babycakes:

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These were my least favourite part of the meal – thick, crunchy shells (most with air pockets), too much filling and too little flavour.

Macarons aside, this was a lovely breakfast. Service was friendly and efficient, although I have heard of a few mis-steps from others (it is still early days). Coffee was very good. I am looking forward to returning very soon!

Details

Friends of Mine
506 Swan St, Richmond
(03) 9428 7516

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13 Responses to “Friends of Mine, Richmond: lovely breakfast with friends”

  1. Chris says:

    Great review Emily – it’s good to see people checking out the place and enjoying it as much as I have. The service was a bit scattered when I was there earlier in the week, but the staff were just so friendly that it was hard to be annoyed at a delay in receiving service.

  2. Emily says:

    Thanks for reading Chris, glad you liked it too. The service we had was friendly and good, although I have heard others have had some grumbles with it. I think it is important to realise that it is still early days at the cafe in any event. I’m looking forward to heading back!

  3. Hannah says:

    I’m such a sweet tooth that I can’t get over the photo of the fruit with oat crumble. Looks magnificent!

  4. Bettina says:

    Hey Em,

    Next time I’m back, we should go here.
    Love the pics.
    Cheers
    B

  5. How good does that egg benedict looks? You’ve got me craving for them now.

  6. Dan says:

    We love the place and have had nothing but the best in quality and service the 3 times we have visited ! For being only a week and a half old they are going great guns sure to only get better !

  7. Cindy says:

    I’m looking forward to visiting Friends of Mine! My job takes me to that neighbourhood now, so I’ll be stopping by for lunch very soon.

  8. Emily says:

    Hannah: yes I loved the look of it too – looks like a dessert rather than breakfast, but I tasted it and it was breakfasty. So beautiful.
    Bettina: it’s a date!
    Celeste: that egg benedict was awesome. Often I find it pretty rich with the hollandaise but there was some acidity there so it cut through the richness.
    Dan: good to hear that you had a great time service-wise. We had great service too, and I loved the food.
    Cindy: would love to hear what you think. I really liked it.

  9. chris says:

    About time a cafe open on weekends in richmond serves a decent breakfast.
    Agree that the food is fantastic, staff can be a little unfriendly at times and being asked, did you make a booking for a 9am breakfast is a bit of a joke!!

  10. Oh I love your blog!! But it’s making my tumbly a-grumbly from those photos… do you mind if I borrow one? All properly attributed, of course! That smashed avocado makes me drool inappropriately!

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