Threefold has suddenly become the place to have lunch in the CBD so be prepared to fight for a table.  I blame the recent Epicure review.  Tucked away on Flinders lane it straddles the line between a casual sandwich place and a more serious restaurant with a wine list where you can settle in for a long lunch.

Spicy parsnip soup

The timber clad room is bisected by a long marble counter heaped with the day’s salad selection and baked goods.  There’s a blackboard which lists three sandwiches and three toasted sandwiches which change on a daily basis.  If there is a variant on the roast chicken sandwich on offer my advice would be to snap it up.  The chicken has that great roasted flavour and is served still warm in a dense roll.  One day it was teamed with broad beans, on another day a slick of olive tapenade, either way it was delicious.

Roast chicken sandwich with olive tapenade

There’s a daily pie as well, a daily tart and a daily soup.  I think you get the picture that the menu at Threefold is very fluid and seasonal.  I loved the tart with its eggy filling, flecked with capsicum and flaky pastry although the accompanying quinoa salad  was a little bland ($16).

Coffee time

Spicy parsnip soup ($12) was a cut above typical lunch time soup offerings with its creamy texture, copious chillis and fried parsnip curls to top it.  Admittedly the price paid was also well above the typical City lunch time soup offerings.  There’s more substantial offerings on the menu as well for those settling in for a proper lunch with a bottle of wine like slow cooked lamb shanks.

Tart with quinoa

The coffee is decent, not the best in Melbourne but certainly good.  It’s sourced from Espresso Syndicate and has an earthy, nutty flavour.  Both the space and the portion sizes err on the small side at Threefold but I like what they are doing here.  The constantly changing menu means regulars are rewarded with new things to try and the food on offer is a cut above most city lunch places.

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Update – July 2012
Threefold is close to my work so I eat there pretty regularly. I’ve probably visited it about 10 times and the quality of the food continues to impress.

Details: Threefold, 381 Flinders lane,  City 3000 (Ph 9614 8194) Mon – Fri 7am-4pm
Damage: Reasonable.

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  1. The stuff of bad-office-day dreams. A decent chicken sandwich (and a sneaky glass of wine)- hard to ask for much more, really….

  2. It’s come a long way since I first blogged about it. Lucky I work upstairs, so I can go anytime 🙂

  3. A good chicken sandwich is a very underrated thing. And that latte looks all kinds of pretty.

  4. OMG yum yum yum!!! Even though the coffee was so~so, it looked amazing!

  5. Tori – A good chicken sandwich is a beautiful thing indeed

    MsIHua – Oh do you work upstairs? You work very close to me then…

    Katy – I agree a proper roast chicken sandwich is pretty unbeatable

    Andi – Yes even so so coffee in Melbourne is pretty awesome.

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