After a great weekend with my boy of eating, relaxing and treating him to a great birthday, we were joyous in our decision to book Monday as a day of annual leave each. This kind of spring weather is my favourite, with warm sunshine and cool breeze. And I know it won't be around for long, we've been making a special effort to be out and about to make the most of it while it lasts.
We had three places on our wishlist - Bread in Common, Bib & Tucker and Public & Co. We opted for the first after reading some stellar blog posts on the place.
I love the warehousey feel of this place - it's so open and airy; with gorgeous lights strung from the ceiling to create a dim but funky aesthetic. You can see into the kitchen, and I'm impressed by the big bowls of fresh produce and oversized spice jars.
The come out to our table in the most gorgeous mason jar cups which I've actually been eying online on Etsy! Great presentation and a nice big serving to enjoy while we wait for our food to arrive.
Jeremy's banana smoothie is my favourite of the two. It's chocked full of that banana flavour, with little crunches whenever you suck up a chia seed through the straw. The use of honey must have been quite light though as there's not much flavour of it in the drink.
I really like it since it's not a drink I would normally order myself, but since Jeremy is a big fan of yoghurt smoothies, he's not convinced by this one. He thinks there needs more intense flavours (it's too banana heavy) and more chia seeds since there's maybe half a teaspoon. I laugh when he tells me this and playfully tease him that he should be the food blogger, not me!
My coconut smoothie is so refreshing and perfect for a warm day. While it's pink in colour from the addition of watermelon, the coconut water is definitely the dominant flavour - sweetened by the agave. I really enjoy the lightness of the beverage, and it works well with the food that soon follows.
We order from the oil & spreads section a serving of the house churned butter (50 cents) and the whipped pork, pistachio and fennel spread ($4).
As a massive butter addict, I was pretty confident I would love the house offering. And I wasn't wrong - it's creamy, salty and rich. It spreads (like butter) with ease, coating the bread like a second skin. It is a damn good butter!
The whipped pork, pistachio and fennel spread is awesome and from the first bite I know this is something worth returning for. It's well seasoned and flavoursome, offering a variety of textures with each bite. I really enjoy every bite of this spread.
The brussels sprouts are juicy but firm, a nice accompaniment to the salmon. I love the black pudding addition which is a scattering of crumbs that almost look like ash - they're sweet, meaty and flavoursome. I would have liked more, but that's just because I love black pudding - and there were some bites that didn't have any at all.
I wish we hadn't been as full as we were by the time we finish the potatoes because I would have so badly liked to try the Asparagus, Broad Beans, Peas, Pecorino and Egg dish on the menu. I spied a diner nearby feasting on it and it looked incredible! Damn, but there's always next time.
I have to say, I did really like Bread in Common but I think that the real star here is their bread and not so much their other dishes, which were nice enough. I'm hoping to go back and try some other dishes soon, and of course indulge in some bread and butter once again.