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Marmalade and Soul is handily located in an old pub on the corner of Queens Parade and Grant Street, in Fitzroy North and is a little slice of the country smack bang in the middle of the city. The atmosphere is truly wonderful. It is a cosy, retro feeling space, housing my favourite recycled chandelier in the whole world (below).
The coffee is single origin. The food is an interesting mix of traditional/modern (“tradern”), with French/British twists. I had a pulled pork ciabatta, with fennel roumelade and tarragon mustard. Really different flavours from the usual northern suburbs fare. And quite delicious. When Husband’s “CLT” came out, he was horrified to discover chicken pate was the centrepiece of the dish. I rolled my eyes and kinda went “well, duh, read the menu” and I got into eye-rolling trouble. Dommies aside, once he manually removed the pate, it was a cracker of a dish. Even better, no doubt, if you like pate.
I’ve also had the poached beaten egg and goats cheese sauce for breakfast here. I could actually swill a huge pot of the goats cheese alone it is SO GOOD. So good. The egg was perfectly cooked too, which is my litmus test for how excellent a place is for brekkie. They so passed this.
The waiting staff are wonderful. On our first visit, the waitress commented on how well-behaved our kids were, so they either don’t see all that many kids (which I doubt – there always seem to be quite a few of the whippersnapper variety here) or the kids they do see are horrors. Or we have indoctrinated our kids well into the Way of the Cafe. Clearly the wait staff have not seen young Inky descend down the bannister of her Terrible Twos. Truly, no-one needs to see that.
There is no kids menu per se and the flavours are quite adventurous (if your kids like black pudding, then you’re totally set) but if you’re coming here for lunch, you can always find something for them from the breakfast menu (the hungry ferrets are fairly typical Melbourne kids and are fans of the all-day breakfast). I’m not sure if it’s still on the menu, but at one point Scout had a coddled egg topped with an egg warmer. Twee perhaps, but it was a hit with both the little folk and the Paton’s pattern poster-child in me screaming to get out.
The best thing about it’s kid-friendliness is that it is licensed. So much nicer to manage the hungry ferrets on a glass of pinot grigio.
- What was the bill?: Lunch for 4 + coffee for 2 – $65
- Where is it? Marmalade and Soul, 162 Queens Parade, Fitzroy North
- How kid-friendly is it?: 6.5/10. Kids are always welcome, but they would have to be fairly adventurous to find something to eat from the lunch menu, although the breakfast menu is more accessible. Picky kids may go hungry. No highchairs.