30 Nov Barry, Northcote
Barry has always been one of those popular cafes that I see pop up. For some reason I’ve always imagined it being further from my home than it actually is and I haven’t made it around yet, even though it’s been on my list for quite a while.
Their Pork Belly is right up the ginger-lover’s alley. Slices of fig are layered between the succulent pieces of pork belly. The carrot and ginger puree is quite strong in the ginger department. The batons of crispy ginger aren’t quite as potent, but add crispiness together with the crumb.
The Lamb Shoulder is our favourite of the savouries. Pulled lamb shoulder pairs well with the tender cauliflower, pickled cabbage, parsley and smokey eggplant puree, and there are hints of fennel and chilli throughout.
Everyone raves about the apple hotcakes, and try as I might, it was difficult to come in without high expectations – thankfully they lived up to the hype. The single hotcake is thick, moist and fluffy. The slices of dehydrated apple, stewed apple and crumble were lovely comforting flavours, and though normally associated with winter, were still thoroughly enjoyed on this 35C day.
The servings at Barry are rather generous, and it’s a large family- and pram-friendly café that I would have no problems with recommending.
Disclaimer: I was invited to Barry as a guest, however, opinions expressed here are purely my own, and are based on my experience at the time
85 High St
Northcote, VIC, 3070
(03) 9481 7623