In Short: The Tamper Trap Cafe in Brighton is the place you come to for guaranteed great coffee and a super-friendly crew. You can’t go wrong with any item on their breakfast or lunch menu, but definitely try their Rhubarb & Ricotta Spiced Hotcakes!
It’s always fun to have a cafe ‘local’. You know, that kind of place that just feels comfortable and familiar, and you just know that no matter what, you’re guaranteed good coffee and great tasting food. So, how lucky are we that it just so happens to be that our new ‘local’ is the awesome The Tamper Trap Cafe in Brighton?!
Hugging the corner of Bay St, this cafe is never short of frequenters seeking their daily dose of caffeine, and The Tamper Trap delivers. Every. Single. Time. We’ve been away from Melbourne coffee for about a month, and nothing welcomed us home more than their flat white (a bucket size, thanks!) expertly brewed by their rockstar barista from their Dimattina house blend. It’s perfect, with creamy, silky smooth milk drawing out the nutty, chocolate flavours of the bean and from the first sip to the last, the flavours linger and intensify on the palate without a hint of bitterness.
This particular morning, we’re also starving! After a month in Italy of simple espressos and a brioche for breakfast (when in Rome, they say….) we were craving a good full Aussie brekkie. So we start with the menegola granola, with its house made blend of oats and nuts, splashing of açai (oh, how I’ve missed you!), and a surprise inclusion of peanut butter for some of that extra goodness and then all topped off with fresh, seasonal fruit. I devoured, but somehow managed to still savour every spoonful, enjoying the textures and flavours exploding in my mouth.
Across the table, fellow Coco and Viner Steve, just couldn’t help himself and ordered the rhubarb & ricotta spiced hotcakes. Despite complaining of the few extra kilos he put on while we were away, the temptation of a plate full of chocolate mousse, burnt orange custard, poached pears, rhurbarb compote and crushed pistachios atop fluffy, warm hotcakes, was just too hard to resist! And, judging from his silence between mouthfuls, I know he wasn’t disappointed with his choice.
This little local, with its great cafe fare, incredible attention to its coffee, and above all it’s super friendly crew, will ensure that we keep coming back over and over again! Indeed, we have most mornings and popped in for the occasional lunch too…so make sure you also put their Japanese Okonomoyaki served with JFC (aka Japanese Fried Chicken) on your list!