Some friends and I headed back to Fox & Bow Cafe in Farrer to check out the new menu since our last visit in January. I was impressed with the menu, prices and vibe so I was keen to go back. First up, I ordered the Bruno Mars ($6.90) shake consisting of milk, chocolate gelato, choc-caramel fudge and topped with salted caramel gelato. OMG. This was so good but oh so bad. That salted caramel gelato was fabulous! The rest was creamy and thick like a proper milkshake should be. I had to be quick as the gelato was already melting and dribbling down the side when it arrived.
Since the Bruno Mars was my sweet hit, I decided to go for a healthier breakfast. I chose the Bean There Babe ($15) consisting of bean and ham hock ragout, corn and herb flapjack, 2 fried free range eggs, avocado and lemon mint philly. I love the slightly thicker fried eggs which were cooked just how I like them where the yolk is still runny. Avocado is dressed up with sesame seeds to add some nuttiness to the dish. I liked the addition of a simple salad with onion and corn to offset the heaviness from the beans. I couldn’t really taste any ham hock but I did enjoy the bean ragout.
The flapjack was thick (photo below) but best of all, it was soft and fluffy. Filled with corn and herbs, this provided just enough carbs to get me through the morning. This was great dipped into the ragout and egg.
Mr STTA also tried the gluten free toast with butter and jam ($5). He was impressed that the gluten free toast looked like regular toast rather than those dry sad squares that are usually served. The story behind this is that the baker’s child was a coeliac and so the baker learnt to make good gluten free bread. Huzzah.
Fox and Bow Cafe uses Tilba Real Milk. This is an unhomogenised milk which basically means the milk particles have not gone through a process of being blasted and broken down. Instead, the creamy fat rises to the top of the bottle and you need to shake it to distribute it evenly into the milk. Like the old school milk bottle that used to be delivered by the milk man. There is much debate about what is healthier for you – homogenised or unhomogenised. Some say the more unprocessed it is, the better. I tend to agree. Either way, it tastes good! Thanks to owner Alex who explained the difference and let me try it.
Open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch.
Value for money 9/10
FPJ score 23.5/30
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