|Mandarin juice at Tomboy – completed with straw|
Pia Hambour and Georgina March originally started off as bakers, supplying gluten free goodies to cafes such as De Clieu and Brother Bada Budan. Now you can get their Box Brownies baked goods direct from Tomboy along with a short breakfast and lunch menu which is written up on brown paper hanging from the wall of the cafe.
|The window of Tomboy – stocked with baked goods|
The coffee at Tomboy is from Seven Seeds made with a Synessa machine and my latté has lovely caramel undertones with a smooth finish. There’s a freshly squeezed juice of the day as well, the mandarin juice is sweet and thick with pulp.
|Egg tacos at Tomboy|
The breakfast menu gives a nod to Melbourne’s current Mexican obsession with egg tacos ($12.50). The eggs are fried and served on soft tortillas topped with guacamole and kernels of fresh corn.
|Old school speakers are built into the counter at Tomboy|
There’s an ever changing tart of the day and on our visit it was a creamy tart filled with roasted pumpkin, caramelised onion and fetta ($12.50). The pastry was soft and crumbly and the tart was topped with a tangy rocket salad.
|The tart of the day with pumpkin, fetta and caramelised onions|
Although Tomboy has been born out of Box Brownies, the sweet stuff at Tomboy was not as strong as the savoury. There were three different types of brownie on our visit but the chocolate and macadamia brownie I tried was dry and crumbly – I like my brownies fudge. Service is still a little slow but hopefully that will improve as the staff settle in. Despite those two complaints I’m happy to have Tomboy in my ‘hood. Sure there’s a cafe over supply in the area but the little details at Tomboy set it apart from the other cafes on the strip.
Details: Tomboy, 356 Smith Street, Collingwood, VIC 3066 (Ph +61 3 9486 0162 )