Seven Seeds: 02

Name: Seven Seeds
Location: 114 Berkeley St, Carlton 3053
Price range: Breakfast $4.50-$9.50, Lunch $10.50-$14.50, Drinks $4-7
Cost rating: 3/5
Taste rating: 5/5 (“It’s all good.”)

I’m back at Seven Seeds. The menu changes often so there always seems to be something different. Everything gives me food envy.

BIRCHER MUESLI, RUBY GRAPEFRUIT, PISTACHIOS, LABNA, HONEY ($9.50)
Overall rating: ?

Healthy and tasty/ A most excellent breakfast/ Good warm or cold

Bircher muesli is loose muesli (dry rolled oats, sometimes accompanied by flakes of dried fruit and nuts depending on which box you buy) soaked in fruit juice overnight to make a unusually delicious and nutritious breakfast. It’s also good with natural yoghurt for creaminess. The honey makes the otherwise tart natural yoghurt and pink grapefruit sweeter.

 

SEVEN SEEDS HOUSE-MADE BEANS & CORN BREAD, AVOCADO, SOUR CREAM, SALSA ($13.50)
Overall rating: ?

Beans in tomato/ Avocado and corn bread/ Mop up sauce with bread

“The problem with Seven Seeds that is the serving sizes are too small.” You can feasibly eat a main, and dessert for lunch and never feel too full. But beans and avocado do fill you up.

 

TASMANIAN COLD SMOKED SALMON, HERB SALAD, CAPER & DILL CREAM CHEESE WITH SOURDOUGH RYE ($13)
Overall rating: ?

Sweet oily salmon/ Piquant capers in cream cheese/ Peppery rocket

Cold smoked smoked salmon with cream cheese? I’m there! It’s just good flavours all round.

SOUTHERN STYLE BBQ PULLED PORK, COLESLAW, MAPLE SYRUP DRESSING & BRIOCHE BUN ($14.50)
Overall rating: ?

Lone knobbly gherkin/ The Hungry Caterpillar/ But no stomachache

Photo before eats/ Now with added cross sections/ Eat before it's cold

I don’t know much about this one, so I will add another photo so you can discern for yourself. There seems to be a Southern theme this round at Seven Seeds.

VIETNAMESE STYLE BAGUETTE, FRIED TOFU, CORIANDER, PICKLED CARROT & DAIKON, CUCUMBER & SPICY SRIRACHA MAYO ($13.50)
Overall rating: 8/10

Cuisine reversal/ Baguette mimicks Viet* bread/Love the mixed style

Initially I wasn’t so sure about tofu in a sandwich, but it’s not bad at all! It’s firm tofu and has a crumbly texture. The tofu is made tasty by the mayonnaise. Everything else is crunchy and zingy. If you ever get sick of having a ham, cheese, tomato baguette (even though Seven Seeds does do a good toasted sandwich), try a tofu baguette. My only qualm is that I wish I found some more pickled daikon.

*: Vietnamese. (But that doesn’t fit into the haiku.)

HOUSE-MADE PEANUT BUTTER & BANANA BREAD, FRENCH BUTTER ($7)
Overall rating: 10/10

Define 'delicious'/ Peanut butter banana/ toast with soft butter

Define 'happiness'/ Peanut butter banana/ toast with soft butter

Ripe bananas have one purpose, and that it to be in banana bread. If possible, in this banana bread.

Natural peanut butter (so delicious, so much better than Kraft peanut butter) and ripe bananas in bread form, studded with roasted peanuts throughout the loaf for additional crunch and roasty flavour. Then sliced into thick slices, then toasted for a crunchy browned exterior and warm fluffy interior. It was so delicious. I need to make this cake. Then perhaps eat a few slices with generous portions of room temperature butter before proclaiming a baking victory.
Only qualm here is that the butter is served while still being cold. It just makes it harder to spread, and there’s less buttery goodness soaked throughout your peanut butter banana toast.
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Pho Dzung (Chicken and the Cow)

Name: Something in vietnamese. It has a picture of a chicken and a cow.
Address: 234 Russell St, Melbourne CBD (Cnr Russell, Lonsdale)
Price range: Small pho $8.50, medium $9.50, large $10.50, other things $8-15
Price rating: 5/5, 4/5 for other things on the menu which makes sense since they specialise in pho. But the spring rolls are pretty tasty.

Taste: 4/5 Best pho place in the city. For the 5/5, go to Victoria St.

Overall rating: 8.5/10. It’s my favourite pho place in the city.

Pho is a vietnamese rice noodle with a beef broth, and beef toppings. There are variations that use chicken, but beef is most common. The broth is prepared a day in advance with beef bones and spices, then gently simmered away, and impurites are scooped away, leaving a very clear flavoursome broth behind. Put some rice noodles into a bowl, add whatever toppings you like. Pick from cooked beef, thinly sliced raw beef that’ll cook when boiling broth is ladled in, beef sausage, beef balls, tendom, tripe, chicken and pork sausage slices.
Serve it up with a dish of fresh bean sprouts and Vietnamese basil, lemon and chilli. Add it all together and use the heat of the broth to cook these things. It’s fresh, fragrant but still mealy from the sheer quantity of stuff you get.

*VIETNAMESE COFFEE ($3)
Vietnamese coffee is condensed milk, with strong black coffee that’s been slow-dripped from a percolator. It’s good hot, but the real magic lies in it being ice cold. Add some ice, and suck it down on a hot day. Refreshing, with a buzz.

Drip percolator/ Minutes pass drip drip drip/ Finally, coffee!

CONDIMENTS PLATE (comes with each bowl of pho. Or shared between two people. Whichever saves the most room. This place has a quick turnover, and the tables are small.)
Bean sprouts, vietnamese basil (add as much or as little as you like), and a small bowl of lemon wedges and sliced chili.)

Boo, lemon in eye/ Add condiments at the start/ Flavour infusion

PHO

You can order any toppings you like, by listing them when you order. Or you can point to set combinations of toppings. I like to order the Beef Combination without tendon when ordering a small bowl, and with tendon for medium bowl. I haven’t ever ordered a large bowl because it’s roughly the size of a wash basin, too big for me to finish. Small bowl is enough for me most of the time. I order a Medium bowl when ravenous. (It doesn’t look as grey as it does in the picture, that’s from the fluorescent lighting.)

Beef Co-co-combo!/ Good for the indecisive/ You get everything

Would I order this again? Yes, and have multiple times.

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