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Three Bags Full

A hearty neighbourhood cafe with damn good coffee.
By Amy Collins
January 20, 2013
By Amy Collins
January 20, 2013

Baa baa black sheep, have you any wool? If Three Bags Full was like the nursery rhyme, we'd want to be the little boy who lived down the lane. Fortunately for us, however, there is plenty of Three Bags Full goodness to go around.

You'll find this gem of a cafe nested inside a huge warehouse building in the back streets of residential Abbotsford. And like any good Melbourne cafe, Three Bags Full takes its coffee seriously. Very seriously. Five Senses coffee is expertly brewed to give each origin its turn in the spotlight. Single origins and seasonal signature blends are pumped out using their Synesso machine, which is custom made, of course. Filter and pour over are also on offer.

The food is worth writing home about. Mueslis, toasts, and more adventurous breakfast dishes like the crushed peas on toast with poached eggs, sauce vierge, and feta ($16) are all generous in their servings. During the warmer months, try the smashed avocado on toast with Meredith Persian feta, cherry tomatoes, shaved radish, black sesame, and olive oil ($15) for something light. Alternatively, opt for the famous Three Bags scrambled eggs with asparagus, salted ricotta, and herbs ($15).

And at lunch time, sandwich is king. Two standouts would be the pide with bocconcini, tomato, rocket, and parmesan ($10), and the toasted flatbread of slow-roasted lamb with lemon and garlic, vegetable tagine puree, feta, rocket, and yoghurt ($13). Not in the mood for bread? Try the zucchini and mint fritters with a red pepper coulis, goats cheese creme, grilled haloumi, and herb salad ($16).

Like Three Bags' food offerings, there's no room for disappointment when it comes to the place's interior. A beautiful, light room is filled with pieces that give it an industrial but warm feeling. We hear the communal table in the centre used to be a ten-pin bowling lane.

For hearty food, buzzing atmosphere, and satisfying coffee Three Bags Full is Abbotsford's go-to.

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