If, like me, you are just back from holidays you might need a touch of caffeine to kick Monday off. Caffeine is what they do well at Touchwood. At the risk of sounding like some sort of deranged cafe groupie, as soon as I heard Touchwood had opened in Richmond, I knew I had to go there. You see, the people behind Touchwood are the same people who started one of my all time favourite cafes, Pillar of Salt. They have been on a bit of a cafe opening spree in Melbourne recently with the excellent Barry in Northcote, Tall Timber in Prahran and now Touchwood in Richmond. Like a true stalker, wherever they go, I go to. So it was that I met up with my friends Loz and Jo down the far end of Bridge Road at Touchwood.
Touchwood is housed in what used to be a furniture store and so fits right in to Richmond where half the shops are furniture stores and the other half are cafes. The name gives a nod to the timber tables that used to be sold here and huge tables still dominate the open space along with a polished concrete floor and white washed walls which give a clean and minimalist feel.
The menu is spot on covering all bases from healthy to indulgent. You can team a kale juice with the “morning grain salad” ($16) which has quinoa, freekeh and poached egg and feel incredibly virtuous or go the other extreme and try the peanut butter and jelly waffles ($16). In an impressive feat for something so damn healthy, the morning grain salad was actually pretty tasty, especially with a runny egg yolk mixed through.
Even the standard smashed avocado ($15) at Touchwood is given a bit of a boost with the addition of tangy pickled red onions and sumac salt. This made me feel a little bit better about ordering something I could easily make at home.
The coffee is of the heart starting variety, using Five Senses blend. My latte was smooth and creamy and if you want something cooler like a pour over or cold drip they can do that too. My brunch at Touchwood only confirmed that, yes I really am a cafe groupie.
Details: Touchwood, 480 Bridge Road, Richmond (Ph 03 94299347) Open on weekdays 7am-4pm, weekends 7.30 – 4.30.
Kids: Very kid friendly – has high chairs, lots of room for prams and there is a “little peeps” menu.