130 Lygon Street
Brunswick VIC 3057
03 9381 2244
Small Block has been on my list to check out for months now – they had pancakes – so up they went on the radar! It’s an automatic thing… So, one morning I grabbed the gorgeous Rowena from She Rides Cycling and we had breakfast there.
Now, interestingly, reading the reviews on Urbanspoon – people had raved about these pancakes. Alas – both Rowena and I found them disappointing – pretty average pancake, nicely aerated but nothing special. The cream was fine, and the poached pear was fresh – but there was nothing to rave about. They certainly didn’t make it into my top 5. Sorry Small Block.
Overall – Small Block didn’t rock my world. It’s a great local café that has stood the test of time, and is clearly a favourite with the local hipsters as they kept pouring in the door! Rowena wanted to make sure that I made special mention of the chairs – which are quite uncomfortable. But they’re quirky you see – so you put up with them! She wasn’t impressed. Basically, I wouldn’t necessarily go back to Small Block – but I’m not a Brunswick local – they have clearly built up a loyal clientele and will continue to flourish. My advice – check it out if you’re in the area – but don’t make a special trip, and don’t expect amazing things. Although… the coffee is good!