Richmond is filled with good restaurants, so for one to last on the busy strip, they must be doing something right. With that in mind, we headed off to brunch at Friends of Mine.
Unlike the trending all white everything interior a lot of cafes have been going for, Friends of Mine goes for a much more richer tone, with a grand chandelier near the entrance, although not my style, it is nice to see something different once in a while.
We all ordered different coffees, and they were all done properly, and tasted pretty great.
The salmon gravlax was on the healthy side of things, while still being quite substantial. The salmon were plump and cut quite thickly, and tasted great when dipped in the egg yolks. I wish there was some sort of carb on the plate too though.
The piece of barramundi was on the small side of things, but the crispy skin was certainly delivered, with a hint of smokiness. The salad that the fish sat on appears to be Asian inspired, with a simple vinaigrette dressing.
This is no longer on the menu as well, but don’t worry, you’re not really missing out. On paper, red velvet hotcakes sounded like perfect, however, these were extremely dry and quite hard. I honestly don’t know how they made these, the outside was almost like a shell? We managed to eat one hotcake between the three of us, and left the other one completely untouched.
Overall, Friends of Mine seems to be your run-of-the-mill cafe in the suburbs, even that might be a bit generous, given that the brunch quality in the suburbs has improved significantly over the last year.
I really wish I had nicer things to say about Friends of mine, unfortunately, the food we tried were average at best, and in a place like Richmond, where there is an abundance of cafes nearby, I would much rather go somewhere else.
How to get there:
Catch the Belgrave or Lilydale train and get off at Burnley, Friends of Mine is around five minutes walk away.