|If you eat at Nineteen Squares be prepared to perch on a milk crate|
|The “world famous” chicken sandwich|
The short but sweet menu is scrawled on a blackboard and offers a range of brunch and lunch type items from mushrooms and thyme on toast to poached fruit. There’s a claim to fame with what is promised to be a “world famous” chicken sandwich ($9.50). The sandwich appears to be famous for its sheer size. It’s a behemoth of a thing served on thick Baker D Chirico sourdough bread. There’s good quality poached chicken and rocket all held together with mashed avocado and lashings of house made aioli.
|Bacon and egg muffin|
Better than the sandwich though was the bacon and egg muffin ($9) featuring a sunny yellow egg baked wrapped in bacon and then teamed with a toasted English muffin.
|Coffee then beer time – don’t judge me|
On the drinks front the coffee served at Nineteen Squares is Supreme Fair Trade, conjured up by David who is also the barista from an ageing La San Marco espresso machine. It’s smooth creamy and a little nutty. We managed to do that post brunch morph into lunch lounging around at Nineteen Squares so it was good to discover that the cafe is also licensed so we were able to have a very reasonably priced bottle of icy cold Tui beer ($3).
Nineteen Squares is nothing fancy and does not try to impress but I liked it all the more for that.
Details: Nineteen Squares, 31 Blessington Street, St Kilda (Ph +61 3 8598 9919) Open: Mon-Friday 6.30am-5pm; Sat – Sun 7am-5pm.
Damage: Such a bargain my mother would approve