Tuesday 8am – 4pm
Despite living relatively close by, we don’t tend to spend a great deal of time in Enmore; we usually drive through it on our way to somewhere else or stop briefly when catching a show at the Enmore Theatre.
A recent visit to Pickwick’s may be about to change all that.
Pickwick’s resides in the premises that once housed Razors Edge (the Razors boys having moved up the road to the Queen Victoria Hotel). The room feels somewhat familiar, but things have been scaled back, most notably the denuded walls which give the space a warm, earthy feel.
Things are a little cramped in here though, with just way too many tables jammed into the small room. They could really do with losing the 3 tables that run up the middle. Perhaps when the back courtyard opens?
I manage to squeeze myself into a seat at a table which is very close to the front door.
Two chalkboards adorn the walls one with breakfast/brunch offerings, the other with dinner; we are also given menus to read at the table.
I love a good Croque (be it a Monsieur or Madame), so am very happy to see both on the menu….happier to see they are served with bacon rather than ham.
The Croque (Madame on this occasion), is delicious. The locally cured, organic bacon is crispy & more importantly abundant, the Emmental cheese is quite creamy with a mild nutty flavour and works well with the sweet relish; the egg that tops it all is cooked to perfection, the yolk very slowly oozing over the sandwich……heaven.
Buggles’ French toast is less successful. Housemade Challah bread served with ricotta, maple syrup, strawberries (not available today, so substituted with banana) & an optional side of bacon. It is just a little too dry, it needs to be dunked into the egg mixture for a lot longer, allowing it to soak up all that eggy goodness. The ricotta that accompanies it is very good, however there needs to be a lot more of it; the bacon is (partially) crisp & delicious.
Other tempting brunch items include; Luxe Fig & Walnut Bread, handmade pork sausages & an omelette with potato roesti & parmesan.
So another brunch visit is ensured.
Dinner appears to be delectably promising with dishes such as….Peaches & Roquefort, Scampi & Finger Lime and Parisian Gnocchi....to name but a few.
Pickwick's is also very reasonably priced with the most expensive main (a grass fed sirloin) coming in at only $29.
The menu always includes vegetarian and gluten-free options and if you're vegan or have any other special dietary restrictions, they are more than happy to accommodate.
It is all starting to sound a little ‘too good to be true’….
Service brings things back down to earth, this morning it is clumsy at best. These are early days though, so it is fair to assume that this will improve.
As we leave Pickwick’s and head up Enmore Road, I start thinking about a subsequent visit….perhaps dinner, Thursday Next?