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El Burro

8 Oct

My hometown, Williamstown, has been described before as a gastronomic wasteland.

Harsh words yes. But sadly mainly true.

Being such a popular tourist spot, the place is littered with joints serving poor quality, pub style parmas and chips and cafe food at its worst.

So when El Burro, a tiny restaurant serving Spanish tapas opened in the heart of the tourist trap Nelson Place, it was met with excitement and hesitation by locals.

For too long locals have ventured out to sample what Willy has on offer and subsequently been stung too many times by woeful service and food to match.

How do I know this? I was one of them! Until El Burro changed my opinion completely.

The staff here actually, surprise surprise, give a damn about the food they are serving. They also care about the customers. Each time they have  gone out of their way to make sure my friends and I were always enjoying ourselves.

Fried goats cheese with mint and beetroot salad

There are heaps of vegetarian options, even a vegetarian paella which is pretty hard to come by.

The standouts for me though are the pesto and parmesan arincini balls served with rocket and aioli, the fried goats cheese balls, the amazing sangria and the churros with chocolate dipping sauce.

Parmesan and pesto arancini balls

El Burro has become a frequent local hang out for my group of friends and I, hence why there are so many photos over lots of different times!

Potato Salad with poached egg

Beetroot salad with fetta

Pumpkin, rocket, goats cheese and pinenut salad

'Bambi' cocktail

Homemade dips with bread

Olives

Churros with chocolate dipping sauce

Creme Caramel

Monday nights are $8 tapas nights and the weekend lunches are all $8 tapas as well. I’ve also tried their cocktails which are awesome on a Saturday night before heading out.

I fully recommend getting down to this place not just for the great food, but because we should be supporting local businesses that care about the stuff they’re serving!

All of the frustrated Williamstowners will understand where I’m coming from.

Vegetarian options: 7/10
Food: 9/10
Decor/interior: 7/10
Service: 9/10
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A Pint of Milk

20 May

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day – with such great brekky places these days it’s not hard to see why!

For my first Veg Food Diaries assignment my boyfriend and I headed to a new cafe in Williamstown cutely titled A Pint of Milk.

A Pint of Milk

The owners have turned an old milkbar into a hip and modern little cafe that could easily fit into Fitzroy or Collingwood – I loved the big wooden share tables and the wooden bench that surrounded the perimeter of the inside.

Now onto the juicy stuff, I was happy with the amount of veg options, although I must say most breakfast places are usually pretty good with vegetarian selections.

The menu overall was innovative and original. No predictable ‘Eggs Benedict’ or ‘Big Breakfasts’ here.

I decided to order the sweetcorn & zucchini fritters with avocado salsa. I asked for a side of feta and a poached egg to accompany it as well as a green tea.

Cute tea pot

After 30 minutes of still no breakfast and no word from any wait staff (we counted there were 8 staff including the chefs) we started to get edgy and irritated.

I was saddened that a place that had so much potential couldn’t provide basic customer service and let us know what was going on.

The worst bit was the fact the couple next to us who were seated and ordered at the same time as us, were finished and leaving by the time our food came.

Happy to say I managed to put this first mishap behind me once the food arrived.

The presentation was gorgeous and the taste… wow… even better – I ate every last bit.

My dish

The feta was beautiful. It was of a high quality which is really important. I can always taste the difference between cheap and quality cheese. It was creamy and melted on the mouth – perfectly complimenting the flavours of the dish.

The fritters were light and fluffy and the avocado and tomato salsa had a gorgeous tang.

I’m really excited to go back and try the spiced chickpea, cumin & tomato cassoulet with poached eggs, hazelnut dukkah on flat bread and sumac labneh (a yoghurt cheese).

Vegetarian options: 7/10
Food: 8/10
Decor/interior: 8/10
Service: 6/10

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