Touchwood: usually a word you hear when you want to avoid bad luck. Now, it's something you'll find yourself hearing in relation to Richmond, cafes, or awesome green juices. In a collaboration between two groups of Melbourne's young gun hospitality entrepreneurs, the team behind Tall Timber and Station Street Trading Co. has joined forces with the gents from Pillar of Salt and the recently-opened Barry. Seems like a recipe for cafe success.
From the moment you walk in, this cafe feels a little different. Its size will almost stop you in your tracks. Setting up shop in the old Blueprint furniture showroom, it has beautiful archways, high ceilings and huge glass windows at the front. The 120 seater also has a stunning courtyard out the back, just waiting for summer. The fit-out has been done by Therefore Studio and is heavy on woods, white walls, greenery and hanging lights.
The menu, designed by chef Tristan White (ex-Red Door and Ladro), is aiming to please with familiar brunch and lunch favourites, which have been given a little extra love. The avocado toast, served with beetroot relish, burnt lime, pickled red onion, coriander, mixed seeds and sumac salt ($15) is good. Really good. For a serious flavour explosion try the fresh tequila and citrus cured salmon with poached eggs, smashed peas, dill, lemon creme fraiche, sauteed endive and sourdough ($17.50). If sweetness is more your thing, head straight for the peanut butter and jelly wholemeal waffles served with poached raspberries, whipped peanut butter ricotta and peanut brittle ($16). Wholemeal makes it healthy, right?
Lunch items see anything from the quinoa and pomegranate salad with mint, coriander, rocket, citrus and harissa ($13.50) to the pulled pork tacos, shredded cabbage, coriander, fennel, and apple compote ($18.50).
The drinks list is just as good. Coffee by 5 Senses done on a shiny Synesso machine. Cold drop, pour over and single origin are also all up for grabs. Tea is by Collingwood's Storm in a Teacup and the juices are fresh and filled to the brim with goodness. The Green Juice, a mix of cucumber, kale, celery, apple, lime and parsley ($8) will make any juice lover transcend to their happy place.
Try your luck at Touchwood. Pun intended.