Three Girls and Three Bags Full

May 22, 2011

Ok. This post is serious. I am seriously in love.

I know, I know, I proclaim my love often on this blog. For food. And Ben too, but typically I am shouting from the rooftops how much I adore this recipe or that. So I urge you to please not think I hand out my love freely. I’m not like that, I am a lady.

Ok, so now we’re all on the same page.

I don’t quite know how to articulate how much I adore the dish I ate for breakfast at Three Bags Full last Sunday. My girlfriends are also suffering from this dilemma. When we explain where we went, what we ate and how delicious it was, people don’t seem to understand. We show them photographic evidence on our iphones, but they still don’t get it. If they did, we’d all be over there together eating. Like, now.

This is how it all began…

I saw Allan’s blog post about his breakfast at Three Bags Full in Abbotsford.

I saw a dish that made my heart skip a beat.

“Right”, I said to myself, “when is the soonest possible time I can visit this place?” My girlfriends and I were having brunch on Sunday, so naturally this seemed like the perfect opportunity. There was one problem though…this dish was listed as a “special”, and this was about a month ago. How long can a special last?

Well, evidently this dish was more than special, as it was still on their specials list when I visited. Phew. Although having said that, I was overwhelmed with the ridiculous amount of to-die-for sounding menu items, like the Baghdad Eggs and the Pea, Feta and Corn Fritters. Next time I’ll try to go savoury, and order one of their beautiful egg dishes. Actually who am I kidding?…I will almost certainly be repeating my order of…

Black Sticky Gingerbread

Hang on… what did I just say? Oh, that’s right,

Black Sticky Gingerbread

Yes, I know, I know.

And it tasted as good as it sounds.

Incredibly sweet, but pure perfection. The thick, moist, sticky chunks of melt-in-your-mouth gingerbread were just incredible. While only modestly spiced, the flavour was just spot on. The mascarpone was a very friendly addition, the more subtle sweetness complimenting the gingerbread perfectly. The drizzle of marmalade-like compote and pistachios on top were the ideal finishing touch, for a bit of tartness and crunch.

Oh, dear gingerbread, please stay special so I can order you again. Ever yours, Heidi.

Vicki chose the roasted mushrooms with goats cheese and almond dukkah, which were fantastic. The mushrooms were cooked absolutely perfectly, so meaty, and almond dukkah was heavenly.

Peta ordered the other special, the French Toast with crème patissier, almonds and quince. The toast was incredibly light and fluffy. It tasted like brioche but it certainly wasn’t overly rich or heavy. And the quince were just perfection.

The coffee was outstanding – a top quality cup, which we come to expect at a top Melbourne cafe like this.

We all ate our meals in pure and utter rapture. We instantly forgot our 45 minute wait in the cold to get a table (true story), and resolved to go back asap. In fact I tried to wrangle my parents (who live in Red Hill) into meeting me for breakfast there today. No dice. I tried my brother, no luck there either. He apparently had plans – doesn’t he understand the gravity of the situation? *sigh* Maybe I should have gone solo. Vicki went back today. I’m having strong feelings of jealousy and bitterness towards you, Vicki. I hope this doesn’t affect our friendship…order the gingerbread, for me, and I’ll forgive you.

Heidi xo
  • Leah May 22, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Looks so delicious Heidi!
    The french toast looks so scrumptious, very drool worthy 🙂

  • msihua May 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm

    Gosh Heidi! Just go solo! Or call one of the many food bloggers.. surely there's someone to save you!

  • The InTolerant Chef May 22, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    Mmmmm…. no wonder you must have more! I make a sticky gingerbread with treacle that looks really,really dark, and it's fantastic too. My daughter has it EVERY birthday- but I have been known to have it for breakfast too!

  • Almostalwaysravenous May 22, 2011 at 7:13 pm

    glad you like the gingerbread!!! go solo!!!! HAHA

  • Heidi May 22, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    Leah – oh my goodness the whole menu is drool worthy…yum.

    Msihua – yes surely! 🙂

    InTolerant Chef – wow, that sounds fabulous! I should definitely make it myself too!

    Allan – you're all so right – solo is the way! 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Jemma May 22, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Heidi I love this place too! I went there there today actually! So many people were waiting to get a table, but well worth it 🙂

  • Hannah May 22, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    OMG. Is this place anywhere near Parkville? I wonder if I could get my brother to take me when I visit Melbourne in two weekends' time… 😀

  • Carly Findlay May 22, 2011 at 8:31 pm

    I went there a few months back and fell in love too. Adored it.

  • Michelle Chin May 22, 2011 at 8:42 pm

    what camera did you use for your pics?

  • Heidi May 22, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Jemma – yes, completely worth it! Hope you had fun 🙂

    Hannah – it's not all that close to Parkville, but no problem if he has a car?? So hope you can get there!

    Carly – it's completely a new fav 🙂

    Michelle – it's the instagram filter on my iphone 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Iron Chef Shellie May 22, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    zomg i want to go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    love the pics 😀

  • Ashley May 22, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    Oooh, it's been ages since I've been to Three Bags Full, love the place. They do a great chai latte. Mmmmmm. 🙂 I don't live far from Abbotsford, if you're ever short of a 3 Bags Full-goer just give me a shout, always looking for an excuse to visit….;)

  • Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella May 22, 2011 at 10:25 pm

    Black sticky gingerbread? Oh my, I must try and find a recipe for that! 😮

  • Heidi May 23, 2011 at 12:00 pm

    Michele – you must must go!

    Ashely – how fabulous, I will definitely take you up on that, thanks! I only wish I lived close too 🙂

    Lorraine – my mum just sent me this link, I will definitely be trying this recipe 🙂

    Heidi xo

  • Phuoc'n Delicious May 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm

    Ngawww… If I was in Melb, I'd go with you! It sounds like a wonderful place. I'd so order that mushroom dish and try some of that gingerbread. Nice way to spend "rapture" :p

  • CC11 May 23, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    When I first saw that sticky gingerbread a while back I put this place on my MUST GO TO list – I really need to get my ass down there

  • Heidi May 23, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Phuoc – well we were definitely in rapture 😉

    CC11 – why yes you do, missy! STAT!

    Heidi xo

  • leaf (the indolent cook) May 24, 2011 at 12:38 am

    Oh my. The food here sounds excellent! Seriously there are more good places to eat in Melbourne than I have time and money… but I'll try to get there one day!

  • chutneyandspice May 24, 2011 at 5:17 am

    I've never seen a breakfast dish like that before, what an amazing thing. Your photography is beautiful, quite dark and moody which suits the black gingerbread. Wish I was in Melbourne so I could try some out.

  • Heidi May 24, 2011 at 6:45 am

    leaf – I know, there is too much goodness & too little time (& money)!!

    chutneyandspice – thank you so much! But it's really just the iphone application, instagram, it makes every picture fabulous 🙂 I wish you were here so you could try this place too!

    Heidi xo