Pulling up outside a house in Windsor I discovered that MTV and I were early for the inspection time so had a rare window of opportunity to eat a proper brunch. So around the corner we headed to Tyranny of Distance. It’s a grungy looking sort of place all mismatched furniture, graffiti and crockery straight from the op shop. Eating inside is like eating outside thanks to an indoor/outdoor feel to the place, beware though this does attract dirty smokers (sorry smokers). The whole place has a casual and cruisy feel, like you are eating in somebody’s back yard.
|It’s a laid back feel at The Tyranny of Distance|
Going against the laid back vibe we asked if we could order and be served straightaway as we had a house inspection to make. Yes we could. Out came the coffees instantly, made from Toby’s estate blend. My latte was strong and sharp with the milk textured perfectly, only lacking a bit of coffee art.
|Coffee at Tyranny of Distance|
Given that it was a spur of the moment decision to go to Tyranny of Distance I had not done any of my usual research and did not know that the chilli eggs and potato rosti stack were THE dishes to order. Lucky, because instead I ordered the Spanish style baked eggs ($13.50) which is I think the best breakfast dish I have had this year in Melbourne. Served in a cast iron skillet, the eggs were perfectly baked with still runny, sunny yellow yolks. They were surrounded by a rich tomato sauce dotted with chunks of capsicum and spicy chorizo. It was breakfast perfection and a welcome antidote to house hunting trauma.
|Poached eggs with a side of mushrooms|
MTV’s poached eggs ($7.50) were served with a huge serving of garlicky mushrooms ($3.50) and again were just the right side of runny. Did I mention that both breakfast servings were enormous and served with addictively good flat bread? Immediately we both started fantasising about actually buying the house around the corner and having the Tyranny of Distance as our regular breakfast spot.
Of course, as soon as we finished our breakfast and ran over to the house inspection we discovered that the house in question was so close to the railway line that the whole house shook as a train went past and the sound of the level crossing bells reverberated in your ears every five minutes.
Details: Tyranny of Distance, 147 Union Street, Windsor 3181 (Ph 03 9525 1005)