All good at Touchwood

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 avocado on toast at Touchwood
The avocado on toast at Touchwood

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.

Morning grain salad at Touchwood
Morning grain salad at Touchwood

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.  
Damage: Reasonable
Kids: Very kid friendly – has high chairs, lots of room for prams and there is a “little peeps” menu.  Touchwood on Urbanspoon


  1. LOL!
    You do sound like a bit of a groupie but it looks like you have good cause to be. The meals look delicious and I am about to have my second coffee because I am not concentrating very well!

  2. Ha I totally reckon I would have gone for the pb&j waffles!

  3. Gourmet Getaways – glad to hear I am not the only coffee addicted one

    Helen – yes slightly regretting not ordering that now…

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