The Premises

September 9, 2012

202 Bellair St, Kensington

I’ve been meaning to write about The Premises for quite some, but what with travel and studies and all, it had slipped my mind. However, now I have sat myself down with some Earl Grey tea and biscuits and I am determined to get this written!

Having never been to Kensington, I was rather excited to explore a new suburb with the lovely Miss K, who used to live there. A local’s recommendation? The Premises.

It’s a charming cafe with large wooden communal tables and old-style school desks as individual tables. I liked the exposed brickwork and touches of green in the tiles and light fittings. The place was buzzing when we arrived, but we managed to snag a spot at the communal table in the front room. The service is very friendly and attentive, and the clientele are a cheery mix of locals, which makes for a very pleasant experience overall.

One very pretty latte. Nice and strong (Seven Seeds beans).

The menu is very impressive; I would gladly have ordered almost everything off it, and their interesting list of salads in particular jumped out at me (lamb shwarma salad, barley, green olive, pistachio tabouleh and carrot puree, perhaps? Next time, my pretty). Also tempting was a plate of pulled pork with Nana Kath’s pickled pears, mustard slaw and dill pickle.

Here is K’s colourful breakkie of poached eggs, bacon, goats cheese and a tomato and herb salad. Looking around, it seems that fresh produce is a focus point for this place, which is great to see.

How yummy does my salad look? And how appropriate for the impending Spring weather!

Peach and prosciutto salad with raddichio, goats cheese and a honey-mustard dressing. Peaches were out of season when we went, so they’d substituted them for melon, which worked just as well. I really enjoyed this salad, it was fresh, tasty and filling, and I thought the sweet/salty/bitter flavours worked really well together.

Service was quick, and K and I still had much to talk about, so we ordered some brunch-dessert to finish.

Nana Kath’s Granola Bars and Strawberry Friands. This Nana Kath is absolutely prolific! The woman has her finger in every pie!

A delicious flourless orange cake was shared to finish. Yummy.

If you’re not well acquainted with Kensington, as I was, I highly recommend you take one Sunday afternoon to stroll along the main street and stop for some munchies at The Premises, it is well worth it!

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Filed under: Brunch, Coffee, Kensington