When I reflect on some of the cafes that have opened early on during my time in Melbourne, and realise they’ll be breaking ten years soon, it is a little scary. I associate Three Bags Full with the same vintage as Proud Mary. While I have kept on going back to Three Bags Full, it remains what I would say is an underrated cafe in comparison.
This is not to say the owners are struggling with this business. Many years ago it expanded to the premises immediately next door, and it has continued to be full ever since. Besides that, I haven’t notice a huge amount of change. With a great menu, a fashionable vibe, excellent coffee, and knowing staff, why should it?
Today the same ingredients that made TBF successful over many years are still going strong. My Benedict with ham hock and green hollandaise over perfectly poached eggs is terrific. This dish is now quite a modern Melbourne breakfast classic, and this particular one is nicely done.
Catherine’s sweet potato and carrot fritters with goats curd, and a fennel and pomegranate salad, are great too. The almond dukkah is not overpowering but adds distinct flavour. The fritters were expertly cooked to the right consistency, and the freshness of the salad added the right amount of zing.
TBF is always busy, so as much as we’d prefer the main room of the cafe, we always accept the likelihood we will be in the second room. It is still nicely fitted out, and there is something satisfying about being in a pre-Scandinavian movement cafe, complete with warehouse surrounds in Abbotsford.
The only reason we are not here more often is the depth of new, and closer, cafes in our area. But there’s little doubt we will keep coming back from time to time to enjoy the familiarly great offerings here.