480 Bridge Road
Richmond, VIC 3121
(03) 9429 9347
You might think waiting 20 minutes for a coffee is absurd, but at Richmond’s latest brunch hot spot, it’s standard.
Welcome to Touchwood, the latest brainchild from Matt Vero and Steve Rowley (Station Street Trading Co., Tall Timber and the recently sold Coin Laundry) and brothers Kael and Matt Sahely (Pillar of Salt), along with their recent in-law Jamie McBride. Head chef Tristan White (Red Door and Ladro) has also been brought in to devise a creative and well considered menu. With so much pedigree behind them, there’s little fear of failure.
Behind enormous glass windows on the furniture end of Bridge Rd, lies a rather large expanse of white walls and timber tables. Though the cafe is rather big (it seats 120), there’s little feeling of overcrowding. The interior is lofty and minimal, a breath of fresh air from the current industrial trend going on in Melbourne at the moment.
The menu dishes up old classics with new and unusual twists: the standard avocado on toast is given an overhaul with the addition of beetroot relish, burnt lime, pickled red onion, coriander, mixed seeds and sumac salt ($15.00). If you enjoy your bacon on the weekends as much as I do, feel free to add some from the selection of extras ($4.50).
The Morning Grain Salad with quinoa, freekah, wild rice, rocket, toasted almonds, chai soaked raisins, cumin yoghurt and a poached egg ($16.00) isn’t complete without the grilled bacon (+$2.50), which reassures that this dish DOES belong on a breakfast menu. It’s a great dish and the generous serve will leave you full until dinner time.
Late night? The Tequila and Citrus Cured Salmon with poached eggs, smashed peas, dill, lemon crème fraiche and sautéed endive with sourdough toast ($17.50) is your hair of the dog. With a subtle Scandinavian influence the flavours are sound, though lacks the plating finess seen in other dishes.
Don’t just visit for breakfast though. The lunch menu reads like a guide to Melbourne’s food trends: wagyu beef burger in a brioche bun, po’ boys with slaw, or pulled pork tacos anyone?
So you may have to wait 20 minutes for your coffee, which by the way is by 5 Senses, but sometimes it’s just worth it. And to me, Touchwood is worth the wait.