I’m bad at heading to Brunswick. Living south of the city, you often get stuck in the same neighbourhoods or areas, and biking there? It takes forever. Public transport? Forever and then some. But on those rare occasions when a friend with a car wants to go get some food, I’m all in.
This time we headed to Tom Phat for some brunch. Me, being the Brunswick newbie, didn’t know this place, but my company was eager and excited that we were the first ones in. Getting there at 11am on a rainy weekday is apparently the way to get a table. That last rambling was just a very long way to say that Tom Phat apparently gets quite full in evenings and weekends. Why? We’ll get to that.
The place itself is very Brunswick-ery (if that’s even a word. If it isn’t, I just coined it! Yay me), without being too much. The painted wood and the wall painting on the bare bricks gives the place just enough roughness and just enough cuteness. It’s all very homely and inviting.
First order of business – drinks! I ordered my standard one, a chai latte. It came swiftly, in a large cup (yay!), with plenty froth and taste. My company got an ice coffee (which came with a bit of ice cream) and a latte. All in all, frothy, tasty and I’ll have it again, any day.
The food was stunning. Quite different from your regular Melbourne brunch options, all the meals had distinct Thai flavours. My tofu scramble was simply stunning, and don’t get us started on the Roti-Omelette with bacon, chives & roasted tomato salsa. Oh. My. Now I’m hungry.
Mon / 11am – Late
Tue / Closed
Wed-Fri / 11am – Late
Sat-Sun / 8am – Late