Brunch at Snow Pony.
Located in Balwyn, Snow Pony is one of three in a chain of cafes - the others being Porgie and Mr Jones in Hawthorn and Friends of Mine in Richmond - that serve up a delectable menu of breakfast and brunch food. None of it is especially inventive, but it does work.
The Giddy Up: poached eggs, pan-fried bacon, slow-roasted tomatoes, thyme-buttered mushrooms and slices of avocado. It does not come cheap at $18.90, but the ingredients are fresh and carefully prepared - the eggs runny and the bacon crisp.
Scone (around $4): the scone is fluffy and comes warmed up with a mini-jar of strawberry confit jam and a dollop of fresh cream. Yum.
Toasted piadini: $9.90 with prosciutto, truss tomato, seeded-mustard mayonnaise and emmental cheese, $11.90 with a side of green salad. The piandini is ‘a small piada’, which is a rounded flat-bread, toasted and halved to make two mini sandwiches. The filings work well, the melted cheese was great with the prosciutto. Definitely recommend the extra $2 for the side salad to make a healthy lunch.
This cafe does not blow me away but it is perhaps one of the best in the area, and so I have returned consistently. All in all, the food is decent and the coffee consistent, the decor is cosy and there is an outdoor courtyard area perfect for summer. The one major minus is that it is cash-only, but as there is a service station right opposite with an ATM it is not a massive hassle. But some technological advancement would be good. Also highly recommend the McPony ($4.90) with egg, ham, and cheese, which is like a McMuffin really, but fancier.