October 3, 2010 by doyouwanttostayforbreakfast
315 Coventry St, South Melbourne
Found directly across from South Melbourne Markets the Red Star Cafe is a great place to meet a group of friends for breakfast. Then when you finish at breakfast you can wander through the markets or up Coventry St and admire all the beautiful things you shouldn’t/can’t afford to buy.
Red Star Cafe is open and spacious which made it a great place for eight of us to get together. Rhymenocerous got there early to hold the courtyard which is the perfect size for a big group but small enough to let us selfishly keep it for ourselves. Not surprisingly the Red Star Cafe uses touches of Asian influence to create atmosphere with my favourite being the bamboo placemats and paper cranes.
The thing that lets Red Star Cafe down is attention to detail. When my tea came out the cup was filthy and not at all appealing, the “relish” that came out with Tiny Cups Big Red Star Brekkie was tomato sauce and the coffee was so weak it got the worst rating yet.
The food itself was actually quite good so the base is there and Rhymenocerous organised the location because it is one of his favourite places in South Melbourne. His Eggs Montreal – English muffins, Tasmanian smoked salmon, poached eggs, hollandaise, tomato and mushrooms were perfectly cooked and his regular choice at Red Star.
St. Istivan had the Spanish Omelette with chorizo, capsicum, Spanish onion, semi-dried tomatoes and feta. The good balance of eggs with lots of “yummy” cheese and veggies made him very happy. Tiny Cup’s Big Red Star Brekky – eggs with bacon, chipolata sausages, hash brown, tomatoes, mushrooms and Schwob’s toast was great except for the aforementioned tomato sauce masquerading as relish.
Overall Red Star Cafe has a lot going for it but is let down in the detail, I would go back but would give it some time between visits.
And, do we want to stay for breakfast? When the cups have been cleaned and the coffee strengthened
Ratings (out 0f 10):
- Overall 7
- Atmosphere 7
- Service 7.5
- Food 7.5
- Coffee 4.5