We received a generous invitation from Eliza Howgate at Havey Publicity to attend a blogger event at relatively new cafe Once A Tailor. Opened 8 months ago, Tony Verga has tried to put his Sicilian heritage into the crowded Glenferrie Rd precinct.
This site has gone through many cafe iterations, few of them any good, so it's good to see someone take on the challenge and come up with something different. Glenferrie Rd is littered with more cafes than you can poke a stick at so this needed to have a unique position to compete. Focusing on his Sicilian roots, and keeping the food simple with a focus on quality should see this venture successfully stand out from the crowd.
|A great place to be on a warm summer's afternoon|
|Corn firtters with bacon and cherry tomato confit|
|Quinoa porridge with raisins, pistachio, apricot and honey|
|Parmesan encrusted brioche with prosciutto and mescalun|
|Zucchini flower fritter topped with salsa verde|
|Beetroot carpaccio with poached rosemary infused chicken, rocket, persian fetta and honey mustard dressing|
|House baked olive foccacia|
|Beef and pork meat balls |
|Baked figs filled with goats cheeze, wrapped in prosciutto on sourdough and watercress drizzled with a balsamic glaze|
The highlight of the day for me. My favourite pizza is the fig and prosciutto at Pizza Espresso in Templestowe. This is another incarnation of that. Again, the simple Sicilian theme remains, classic flavour matches with quality ingredients
I need to rush of unfortunately so I missed the remainder of the lunch, but I would have happily stayed all day and continue to sample the well constructed, wide ranging menu.
Once A Tailor is not trying to be the next coolest thing. It is not a specialist coffee shop with a special roast you have never heard of before, nor is it trying to get by on trying to reinvent the culinary wheel. It does what it sets out to do well. Bring classic Sicilian dishes, tone the extreme flavours down, and deliver it in a pleasant, friendly environment.
Thanks again to Tony Verga and Eliza Howgate for their hospitality.