Small Axe Kitchen, Brunswick

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MELBOURNE | Small Axe Kitchen is a new addition to the Brunswick cafe scene, and is located on Victoria Street, just off Sydney Road. It’s a cafe with a focus on “non-traditional” Sicilian food from husband and wife Adam Pruckner (ex Code Black) and Kirstyn Tate, and their friend Jas Singh. It’s a casual family friendly space, with a nice outdoor courtyard, an espresso bar a light and airy back area.

The all day menu is a one page affair that features a variety of enticing breakfast and lunch options. It was hard to decide what to order as everything sounded delicious but one thing we knew we had to get was the breakfast pasta, which has in a very short time become somewhat of a cult classic amongst lovers of Melbourne breakfasts. It features maccaruni with guanciale, peas, mint, salted ricotta and a slow cooked 63-degree egg. This one lives up to the hype, with the perfectly cooked al dente pasta combining with the other ingredients to create a light, slightly sweet and salty dish with textural complexity and substance. Make sure you get a bit of everything in each mouthful.

The citrus salad, with pine nuts, pomegranate, candied rosemary, spiced sugar syrup and spelt pudding will make you rethink what a fruit salad should be, with its interesting twists. Even the toastie here riffs on the classic recipe – Fatto a Mano sourdough is filled with Scamorza cheese and pickled tomatoes, crumbed then deep-fried.

For those who are looking for gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options, you’re well catered to here – many of the dishes on the menu are designed so that meat can be added as an extra/side. In fact, the sides at Small Axe Kitchen are fantastic – the Sicilian meatballs with pecorino are simple and delicious, while the polenta crusted sardines with squid ink mayo are another great example of how Puckner is using traditional Sicialian ingredients and flavours in inventive ways.

Coffee comes from nearby roaster Code Black and is excellent, with the espresso based drinks made using a custom three group La Marzocco espresso machine. If it’s something alcoholic you’re after, a small selection of predominantly Italian beer, wine, spirits and cocktails are also available.

We can’t wait to go back to Small Axe Kitchen, and are super keen to try one of the monthly “family dinners” where Pruckner’s Italian relatives come into the venue and put on a Sicilian feast.

Oh and Small Axe Kitchen is cash only. There’s an ATM just around the corner, but it’s good to be aware before you visit.

Small Axe Kitchen

281 Victoria Street
Brunswick
Victoria 3056
Australia

Telephone: (03) 9939 6061
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: http://www.smallaxekitchen.com/

Open
Mon – Fri: 7:00am to 4:00pm
Sat – Sun: 8:00am to 5:00pm

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.

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