If Truman Capote wasn't so caught up having Breakfast at Tiffany's, he'd be having breakfast at this dynamo. After all, this mini 40-seat cafe was named in his honour. Truman Cafe is perfect for your post Albert Park Lake run, powerwalk or stroll (its okay, we’ll reward any form of movement with food).
After founding Balaclava's Las Chicas and Leroy and Galleon cafes in St Kilda, you could call co-owners Adele Arkell and Jackie Bega hospitality specialists. Truman is fit out with white walls, shiny concrete floors and timber tables. The decor is a collection of retro paraphernalia, including old-school kitchen appliances, ornamental spoons and red plastic soldier figurines that trail the ceiling. There are so many gizmos to be intrigued by, it's hard for the eyes to stop wandering around the space. Well, at least until the food shows up.
The best thing about Truman is that breakfast runs all day. The brioche French toast with banana jam and bacon ($15) will have sweet teeth pirouetting. Fungus fanatics, you may enjoy the rosemary-roasted mushrooms with goat's cheese and rocket on sourdough multigrain ($14). But perhaps the most impressive is the grilled haloumi with pumpkin, leek and sesame seed smash and kale pesto on sourdough ($16). "Hang on, that's for one?", my mum asked after ordering it for her. Sure, it sounds like a crammed overachiever — but it's definitely a winner.
Sometimes it's hard to pass up a good toasted sandwich. And featuring nine creative sandwiches on its menu, Truman has made it nine times harder. The cafe has reinvented the classic grilled cheese, serving up a haloumi sandwich with cucumber, onion jam, beetroot relish sandwich stuffed with snow pea sprouts ($14).
The names of Truman's juices ($7.50) and smoothies ($8) will have you chuckling, paying homage to Hollywood favourites. What is Jane Fonda in juice form, you ask? Apparently she's the concoction of kale, ginger, spinach apple and cucumber. What about Goldie Hawn as a smoothie? Blended mango, yoghurt, ice-cream honey and mixed spices, of course.
The coffee is sourced from Di Bella and made with a La Marzocco machine, an Italian stallion that rarely disappoints.
Truman is ideal for a weekend brunch. Its child friendly, dog friendly and — most importantly — tastebud friendly.