What a cheery delight Yellow Door is. This cosy, relaxed café in the heart of Albert Park helps sweep you away from winter for a moment. In keeping with the bright yellow theme of the door the umbrellas, menus and ornaments follow suit in these hues of sunshine, most importantly though the warmth comes through via the friendly, attentive staff and very prompt service.
A quick scan of the menu and a discerning look at the pastry counter let me know that we were going to be in for a quality brunch. Breakfast is served all day and I was very excited to see a dish with haloumi on the menu. The specials board had some great choices too including the ever-popular pulled pork sliders and a duck and mushroom risotto. I knew these two would be a toss up for The Baron and he went with the risotto, luckily he wasn’t disappointed. This was a clean, spring like risotto, forget the gluggy risottos that you can often get in cafes, this one was tasty and al dente.
Keeping with the winter warmer theme we spread ourselves out at the window bench seating to soak up whatever vitamin D was struggling through on this balmy 14-degree day. If you have your 4-legged children with you there are plenty of tables out the front with blankets and heaters to warm your bones. The coffee here is good for that too. Oh and if your fur baby is hungry Yellow Door has adorable doggie biccies for sale. If your children are of the 2-legged variety they are well catered for too in the cute courtyard with kid size table and chairs and drawing opportunities for budding CJ Hendrys. Inside there is a mix of pine communal tables and dark wood tables for two.
So to the main event, within 10 minutes of ordering, a thick cut piece of sour dough arrived adorned with 5 generous slices of perfectly pan fried haloumi and two poached eggs with flowing yolks and just the right amount of pesto. After my morning run and bike ride this dish was spot on, eggs are the ideal protein for runners.
We were feeling very comfy so decided to settle in for dessert. The Baron had spied a pecan tart and I went for the goji berry protein ball. There was quite an amount of good looking cakes to choose from including friands, muffins, lemon tarts, some gluten free options and a just out of the oven, freshly sugar dusted, very tempting chocolate brownie. We were both happy with our choices though and I will definitely be back for a protein ball or two soon. Definitely worth running away from winter and through the Yellow Door.
119 Dundas Place, Albert Park
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