A Thousand Blessings
251 Highett St
The first thing I have to say about A Thousand Blessings in Richmond is that they make good jam. So much so, that my Father T has been back on a regular basis ever since discovering this little gem a couple of months ago with two jars in hand, ready to fill with the home made, ruby red goodness.
A Thousand Blessings is tucked away on Highett St, behind Richmond Town Hall. Visit on a Saturday morning for brunch and pick up your weekly veggies from the Gleadell Street Market afterwards, located just over the road. But you won’t be the only one to have this idea: the place is packed at peak hour, with people crowding the entrance, waiting for a chance to grab a table on the weekend.
Owner Evelyn saw potential in the space in 2007, and approached the owner of the then run-down cafe with an offer. After a year of negotiations, building commenced in 2008 with strict instruction to maintain the facade. The new space incorporates both brick and timber, with recycled timber tables built by the builder’s 80 year old father, a third generation carpenter. Along one of the larger walls sits a reclaimed timber church pew for additional seating, spotted by Evelyn outside the Abbotsford Convent Bakery. A green marble counter takes pride of place in the cafe, and was chosen as “the veins looked like they had life running through them, so rather than choosing a solid stone slab I wanted to bring that living energy into the design” says Evelyn.
The menu is diverse with a range of fresh salads, wraps and other home cooked goodies on offer. Vegetarians and vegans alike are well catered for, as are the gluten intolerant. The breakfast menu is studded with trending favourites such as fritters with smashed peas, bacon and poached eggs.
For the health concious, there’s an egg white omelet filled to the brim with chicken and veggies, topped with sliced avocado. A tomato relished served off to the side means diners can choose their on level of virtue.
Not feeling so virtuous? Try the eggs benedict, with a choice of either bacon or salmon and spinach, topped with homemade hollandaise sauce. It won’t disappoint.
If you’re after something warming for the coming winter, there’s porridge topped with flaked almonds and fresh berries, drizzled with honey.
A Thousand Blessings delivers a solid menu, friendly service and great atmosphere. Best of all, you can eat with a clear conscious, as much of the produce is organic. With plenty of homemade goodies on offer this food is truely blessed.