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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Seven Seeds

Name: Seven Seeds
Location: 114 Berkeley St, Carlton 3053
Price range: Breakfast $4.50-$9.50, Lunch $10.50-$13.50, Drinks $4-7
Cost rating: 3/5
Taste rating: 5/5 (“It’s all good.”)

Filled baguette with chorizo, sauteed onion, pecorino, sherry aioli and cos lettuce/strong> Cost: $10.50

Overall rating: 9/10

I docked a point from the baguette because it wasn’t a baguette on the day, but a sandwich with turkish bread. That is not a problem most of the time, because I like turkish bread. The problem is the how messy it was to eat the sandwich. I could always opt to use a knife and fork, but to me that seems wrong for a sandwich. If you’re an experienced sandwich-eater and have overcome the problem of tacking stacked sandwiches being messy to eat, then this will be a 10/10. Of course, there wouldn’t be this issue if it was a baguette. Aside from the mess issue, this is a delicious sammich. Especially if you like chorizo. The fried chorizo is crispy, and the sauteed onion and pecorino cheese isn’t too salty combined with the aioli and cos lettuce. The lettuce and onions are very important for texture. (This place seems to love sherry-based sauces. The last time I came here, there was another sherry sauce with caramelised onions.)

Look at the pickle/ Chomp it down after sandwich/ Order another

Crushed pea, mint and spring onion FR (Free Range) egg omelette, whipped feta, beetroot jam, hot pressed sourdough sandwich

Cost: $11.50

Overall rating: ? (It looked very very good. I had food envy. Everything here gives me food-envy.)

Peas: Where is the love?/Omelette in my sammich/Colourful relish

Chorizo and adzuki bean soup, served with toasted sourdough
Cost: $10.50
Overall rating: ? (Good enough for a “I need to make this.”)

Adzuki bean soup/ As a savoury main meal/ Mental dissonance

(To me adzuki beans have one purpose, and that is make red bean paste in all its delicious sweet variations. This soup blows my mind.)

Roasted mixed mushrooms, basil pesto, poached FR egg and turkish bread Cost: $13.50

Overall rating: ? (But damn, it looks good. Smells good too. Damn that pesto.)

Vegetarian/ Mushrooms for B vitamins/ Eggs are all protein

 

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