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HOT: Sweet Evelyn, 128 Union St, Brunswick

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Sweet Evelyn is a Brunswick cafe and micro bakery which is as sweet as its name (apparently named after the owners’ daughter).

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All the baked goods are made fresh on site every day, from the large range of cupcakes to the brownies, cookies and savouries – only the bread and croissants are brought in from Dench Bakery. They only use free range eggs and where possible, organic ingredients. They also serve up a simple all day breakfast and lunch menu with most items under $15 – a bargain in brunch-mad Brunswick. Coffee is from Reverence and in fact you can find their cakes at Reverence cafe in Ascot Vale.

The cafe is spacious and there’s a back courtyard for warmer days. Though a bit of fake grass to soften the look and feel of the bare concrete would be appreciated.

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Three of us stopped by for afternoon tea and indulged in a white chocolate raspberry cupcake, a caramel popcorn cupcake, a dotty chocolate biscuit bigger than a toddler’s head and a slice of gluten free beetroot chocolate cake. I know – that’s more serves of cake than people at the table! That’s how irresistible everything was on the counter.

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The cupcake base was a little dense but still quite moist (the caramel cupcake had caramel inside as well), while the buttercream frosting was marshmallow light. The chocolate cake was a decadent, muddy mixture with a chocolate avocado mousse and a sprinkling of pistachios. It’s worthwhile licking every crumb off the plate as it’s relatively guilt-free because it contains veges!

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The combination of delicious home made treats, super-friendly service and play time opportunities if you have kids in tow, I will definitely be heading back to Sweet Evelyn.  Next time I’m going to try the brioche doughnuts!

Sweet Evelyn, 128 Union St, Brunswick 0432 189 744

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 7:30am- 4pm

Tuesday: Closed

Friday, Saturday: 7:30 – 6pm

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The Age Good Food Guide 2015 award winners

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The Age Good Food Guide Awards 2015 winners have been announced!

Vittoria Coffee Restaurant of the Year: Brae, Birregurra

New Restaurant of the Year: Supernormal, Melbourne

La Maison du Thé Regional Restaurant of the Year: Jim McDougall in Stefano’s Cellar, Mildura

New Regional Restaurant of the Year: Tulip, Geelong

Citi Chef of the Year: Andrew McConnell

KitchenAid Young Chefs of the Year: Joshua Pelham, Estelle Northcote and

Timothy Martin, The European

Champagne Pol Roger Sommelier of the Year: Banjo Harris Plane, Attica

Donlevy Fitzpatrick Award: Ombra, Melbourne

Innovation Award: Rooftop Honey

Sustainability Award: Lance Wiffen, Sea Bounty

Citi Service Excellence Award: Angie Giannakodakis, Epocha

Vittoria Coffee Legend Award: Anthony Lui, Flower Drum

Where to Eat Now Award: The Town Mouse, Carlton

Best Gourmet Getaway: Lake House, Daylesford

Local Hero: Mister Bianco, Kew

 

Drink Awards

Champagne Pol Roger Sommelier of the Year: Banjo Harris Plane, Attica

Wine List of the Year: The Point Albert Park, Albert Park

Best Short Wine List: Bellota, South Melbourne

Regional Wine List of the Year: Lake House, Daylesford

Best Drinks List: Nieuw Amsterdam, Melbourne

 

The Age Good Food Guide 2015 will be available for $10 with The Saturday Age on 30 August from participating newsagents and 7-Eleven stores, while stocks last.

It will also be available in bookshops and online at theageshop.com.au for $24.99 from Tuesday 26 August.

 

 

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HOT: The Rusty Fox, 501 Macaulay Rd, Kensington

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The Rusty Fox is the kind of cafe, deli and foodstore that every neighbourhood high street should be lucky enough to call their own.

On my visit, almost every customer was greeted by name – a healthy population of regulars is a good sign. Apparently the owners are all Kensington locals too.

The space is small but packs a lot in. The front room houses the a long bar/dining bench. The few seats in the sunny front window are prime real estate and if you creep down the corridor there’s a small outdoor courtyard.

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This is in addition to several fridges of house made and brought in produce such as Istra bacon and Holy Goat cheeses and their ready made meals.

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On the opposite recycled timber wall are high shelves full of condiments, sauces and dry goods and a narrow kitchen and coffee counter. The back wall holds shelves selling Noisette bread and features whimsical art from Melbourne street artist Kaffeine (don’t miss the mural in the back laneway of the store).

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The all day menu is short but interesting. I veer towards the warm sweet potato and pumpkin tart with smoky maple (which you can buy by the jar), crispy bacon and watercress salad ($16). The chef warns me that it’s being made from scratch so there’s a bit of wait.

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The wait is worth it because I can see exactly how the dish is being made. Puree of warm potato is smeared on a rectangle of puff pastry, cubes of pumpkin are placed on top along with the bacon. Then it’s fresh out of the oven and onto my plate, with the puff pastry all hot and flyaway.

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You must leave room for dessert because one of the owners was the head pastry chef at Rockpool and the counter groans with calorie-laden sweets.

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It was so hard to choose…so I chose two! The chocolate mousse cake ($7.50) was rich and moist like a Sacher torte and I took home an extra tub of the mousse to share with my family because it was so good.

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The olive and pistachio cake ($4.50) was gluten-free treat, with piped lemon curd and foraged local lavendar as a garnish.

The Rusty Fox is a homely place that serves its local populace well, with Five Senses coffee, a neat well-executed menu, gourmet pantry supplies and ready made meals. Just make sure you try the cakes!

The Rusty Fox, 501 Macaulay Rd, Kensington

Tuesday to Friday, 9am until 7pm; Saturday 8am-5pm.

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