There are certain cafes that are the perfect weekend haunts for nursing a hangover.
The requisite criteria? Huge servings of hearty breakfast, lashings of coffee, nothing too fancy or complicated and good value for money.
I think one of the places that does ‘hangover food’ really well is Green Refectory – and judging by the lines at the counter on a Saturday morning, Brunswick locals agree.
Sidling past the loved-up couples in trackie-daks and gung-ho morning exercisers with their takeaway coffees, I sneaked a seat in the communal table in the front room and waited for my breakfast stack.
What arrived was an Everest of alcohol-absorbing food – a potato cake (better described as mashed potato pushed into a circular patty), grilled tomato halves, bacon, a thick hunk of haloumi, spinach and topped with a poached egg. The perfect way to start your Atkins diet for a mere $10.
The other equally popular menu item appeared to be the pancakes. It’s worth mentioning this dish even though I didn’t order it because my jaw dropped at these pancake frisbees. We’re talking huge rounds topped with berries and a whoppee cushion sized scoop of ice-cream!
Wash that down with some warming chai ($3) and you still have change left over from a twenty.
Green Refectory isn’t somewhere that I’d necessarily cross town for and fine dining it ain’t. But for nearby residents I think it’d be a reliable standby and I enjoyed my cheap and cheerful breakfast there.