Pillar of SaltSeptember 3, 2011
I ordered the homemade smoked borlotti bean bruschetta with avocado and persian feta puree, served with a poached egg, parsley dressing and shaved grana padano. The waitress turns to E, “oh, I was going to order the same thing”. She did (fair enough!), though I felt a little like I’d violated a blogging edict: never order the same dish as someone you’re eating with. But honestly, if I’d come here by myself I’d have only ordered one dish and you (the reader) wouldn’t be any worse off.
For some reason when I read this dish on the menu, I imagined green broad beans, so was slightly shocked when the dark red of the borlotti showed up in front of me. Nonetheless, E and I both really enjoyed our fancy beans on toast. I loved the tang from the feta and the avocado that cut through the thickness of the beans. I was also expecting more of a paste rather than whole beans, but upon consideration, I liked the texture. But my egg was overcooked, shame.
E and I spoke of friends, of school, of studying law, of food and of Fitzroy. One thing we did find remarkable was how the waitresses were all dressed so similarly. In most cafes it’s easy to pick the waiters, they’re the ones looking absurdly hipster and detached. Pillar of Salt wasn’t really hipster-esque, but certainly uniform, although not of the traditional kind. Every single waitress, I kid you not, had long mousy brown hair that was out and straightened, and they were wearing casual-looking skinny jeans and an over-sized knitted cardigan in earthy tones like green, beige and brown. Coincidence? In any case, it was easy to pick them out, once you had sussed out their “uniform”.
Here’s my second coffee for the day, a single origin flat white (yeah yeah, I should have been a proper coffee drinker and gotten an espresso, but I like it with milk, ok?). The single origin that day was a Brazilian blend which was very good, it had a lovely nutty taste, not particularly strong but very well rounded.
The area around the coffee machine is tiled white, and the shelves are lined with pickled olives, sauces, mineral water and bags of coffee beans.
I smiled at these colander light fittings, very cute, and again following the red theme.
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