Left Field is one of the new kids on the block but has surely made its mark on Melbourne’s brunching scene.
The masterminds behind Rustica Canteen, Short Straw and Tall Timber have teamed up to create Left Field (click here). An epic foodie destination filled with good, honest and healthy eats with quality coffee.
We made our way out to Carnegie (a short 25 minute drive from Melbourne’s CBD) on a freezing Melbourne morning. Positioned on a corner block of a residential suburb boasting both indoor and a very generous outside seating area, with custom made furniture by iamnotmason. We were running about 20 minutes late and as the line up for this popular new café can be anywhere from half hour to two hours our seats had been filled so we opted to sit outdoor in the sub zero weather.
The light and bright white tones create a really relaxed, chilled vibe while the constant chatter and laughter brings the café to life. It wasn’t long until the waitress brought out some warm blankets and we were ready to order. (I’d like to mention that wall mounted outdoor heating would be very handy during Winter!)
Our Niccolo house blend coffees came out a lightning speed, which was extremely welcoming as it was such a cold morning. All boxes are ticked when it comes to Left Field’s coffee and to my surprise the food came out not long after. The meals were of massive portions and visually mouth-watering.
Head Chef Ryan, has crafted the menu to take a middle eastern twist with a bit of a health conscious kick. With house made dukkah, beetroot hummus and splashes of black tahini we found ourselves struggling to pick just 1 meal each.
What we ate:
SMASHED PEA BRUSCHETTA – w/ prosciutto, goats cheese, poached egg, pesto, zucchini ribbons, walnut, mint & basil salad
SMOKED AND BRAISED SHORT RIB – fried egg, spicy black beans, feta, lime, coriander, beetroot hummus & Turkish bread
VANILLA, CINNAMON, COCONUT OAT & CHIA PUDDING – w/ spiced poached pear, fig, wild granola & pistachio
Stand out dish for me was the Short Rib. There were so many things going on with this dish that worked together so well. The slab of meat literally fell off the bone when prodded. The freshness of the salsa verde was balanced with the spiciness of the beans and the earthiness off the hummus while the subtle flavour from the dukkah lingered after every bite. Followed closely by the Bruschetta, which was incredibly fresh, vibrant, herby and tangy which had a wonderful bite to it thanks to the zucchini ribbons and walnuts.
The oat and chia pudding was also light a fluffy however all the flavour came from the fruit and wild granola. The pudding was a little to delicate for me personally as I couldn’t really taste the vanilla and cinnamon.
I’m sure Left Field will feel right at home amongst the cities other ‘must eat’ cafes.
358 Koornang Road
Carnegie VIC 3163
(03) 9578 2043