The Pickle Barrel
60 Ferguson Street
Ph: (03) 9399 8338
In the trendy seaside town of Williamstown lies The Pickle Barrel, a cosy cafe and deli serving up a huge range of brekky options, ready to go foods and antipasto-type goodies. Fellow ex-William Angliss student Holly and I met up half way-ish between Warrandyte and Geelong to try out this little cafe.
The new Pickle Barrel – prosciutto, roasted tomato, poached eggs with pesto ($12.90)
A simple idea but a stunning combination of flavours, the new Pickle Barrel was a hit for me. My perfectly poached eggs spilt out bright just-runny-enough yolk to soften the pesto-smothered sourdough bread. Good quality prosciutto is kept simple, served on the side, and the roast tomato adds a freshness to the plate, cutting through the rich flavours of the basil and of the meat.
The big one – bacon, sausage, hash brown, baked beans, eggs and roasted tomatoes ($16.90)
Holly made a few modifications to her meal – she asked for hollandaise sauce instead of the baked beans, and for her poached eggs to be cooked very well through. Both requests were met. This Italian-influenced cafe has a reputation across melbourne for their excellent eggs and we were both very satisfied with the way ours were cooked.
A selection of the ready to go meals at The Pickle Barrel, like tuna patties, risotto balls, foccacias, and baguettes, as well as sweet items, ranging in price from about $3-$9.
The Pickle Barrel has over a dozen breakfast options, ranging from traditional Eggs Benedict or bircher muesli, through to fresh ricotta pancakes or crispy stacks of pancetta, rocket, eggs and asparagus. Its a cute cafe with small and communal tables, good coffee and a friendly vibe on buzzing Ferguson Street. At $16.90 for their big breakfast, value here is good too, with many cafes around the city nowadays charging $20+ for similar meals.
It’s a venue that gets mixed reviews – there have been reports of cold breakfasts and slow service, as well as great coffee and friendly staff. Our experience was good, but we did dine mid morning on a weekday – it would be interesting to come back on a Saturday at 9am and see if the cafe still holds up.