I do love a little cafe tucked away and so my ears perked up when one of my friends raved about her local in a back street of Fitzroy. In fact her one woman public relations campaign worked both ways as she also sang my praises to the owners of the cafe so they invited me to come and try out Faraday’s Cage on them.
Faraday’s Cage is indeed a hidden secret. You can enter via the back laneway in Chapel Street past the wheelbarrow of flowers and cluster of chairs and tables spilling onto the road. Inside the converted warehouse space (which used to function as a recording studio) has raw concrete floors and exposed brick walls hung with works by local artists.
Coffee is by Duke’s Espresso and my latte was spot on. It was smooth and creamy without any bitterness.
The cafe is owned by John and Kim Petrou and John is a baker so the amazing croissants, pastries and sourdough bread at Faraday’s Cage are all made on site. I couldn’t resist getting some croissants to take away and they were absolute beauties with a burnished golden exterior revealing intricate layers of fluffy pastry inside.
It’s a family affair at Faraday’s Cage with the owners’ daughter waiting my table. She recommended the special of haloumi with black beans ($18). This dish had it all – earthy black beans, salty gooey fried cheese, soft cubes of avocado and a poached egg to provide sauce.
As you can imagine the cakes are also a highlight at Faraday’s Cage and I loved John’s take on a Persian Love Cake. The inside was dense with a subtle rosewater flavour and a sprinkling of pistachios to add crunch.
It seems the best things in Melbourne are often hidden away so I’m very glad I got to discover Faraday’s Cage.
Gourmet Chick was a guest of Faraday’s Cage
Details: Faraday’s Cage, 325/329 Gore Street, Fitzroy (Ph 03 8589 1568)
Damage: Reasonable but on this occasion I did not pay.
Kids: Very child friendly. There’s a reasonably priced kids menu option, high chairs, books and colouring things. Space for prams too.