If you’re a bit over food being challenging and confident and blatantly inspired by the Masterchef school of overly complicated fusions, you’ll like Frank & Ginger. It’s a new cafe in North Caulfield that does “simple food, really well,” as co-owner Jesse Feldy explains. “We’re just doing great coffee, great eggs and easy lunches. It’s not fancy, but they’re classics and we’ve perfected them.”
For two years Feldy and partner Nick Gardiner have been running another cafe in Armadale called Gardiner & Field. It also serves simple, polished food. “So this time, we took what was already working well and had a talk about why we liked it,” says Gardiner. “Then we stripped it back to its best parts.”
The poached eggs with avocado mash, for example. Yes, it’s an Instagram staple, but the guys nail it. The bread is thickly cut ciabatta, piled with generous dollops of avocado, but not too much feta, and topped with two flawlessly cooked free rangers with a side of rocket. Coffee is by The Maling Room – right temperature, creamy, not at all bitter.
The cafe is clean, light and white. There is a bar in blonde plywood, matched chairs and tables, a bench seat running down one wall and a single succulent on every table.
It’s a simple formula, but it’s working, judging by the packed tables. “Yeah, we’re doing alright,” says Feldy, in his modest, cool-dude way. “Definitely not bad for a place that opened last week.”
Frank & Ginger
101–103 Orrong Crescent, Caulfield North