- Establishment: Cibi
- Address: 45 Keele Street, Collingwood, Melbourne
(Tram#86 Bundoora, head out of the city and along Smith Street get off at stop 20, Rose St. There is a AP Motors on the corner with a petrol pump out the front)
- Hours: Mon – Fri 8am to 4pm
- Sat – Sun 9am to 4pm
- Contact: (03) 9077 3941 http://cibi.com.au/
- Visit date: 6th May, 2012
The very cold autumn morning wasn’t nice whilst trying to nurse a hangover so I knew of a sure fire guarantee to calm my state and go to Cibi. Here, their Traditional Japanese breakfast goes down well while being surrounded by many gorgeous artworks, earthenware, sushi knife displays and watching those carp shaped wind socks fluttering outside is very comforting.
Whilst waiting, I had a flat white $3.50. It wasn’t bad but not super fantastic either.
3 out of 5
I ordered the Traditional Japanese breakfast $17.50 that consisted of a portion of grilled salmon that was nice, juicy and not dry, Tamagoyaki which is a rolled up fluffy yet compact omelette, crunchy blanched cauliflower, capsicums and seaweed salad, a dollop of mashed potato with little bits of broccoli and chives sprinkled though.
Wholesome is the word that comes to mind when describing the brown rice that came with that dish. I LOVE the taste and texture of brown rice because I find it has a nutty flavour and is easily digestible. The miso soup was packed with chunky pieces of potato, onion, enokitake mushrooms, tofu and seaweed.
A well presented array of deceivingly cute food items strategically placed on a simple white round plate that makes the vibrant and muted colours mix beautifully. This hearty and balanced breakfast is ideal to settle a poor hungry tummy and is gentle especially if you’re feeling a little Sooky La-La.
It has the right amount of food you want to ingest after a big night out because I tend to gorge myself on a fried breakfast to get that full and happy feeling but I seem to feel a little ‘ugh’ tinge with that too. This is type of breakfast is just PERFECT. A very nourishing and well researched (hell, no wonder it’s traditional! Why screw up a simple formula?) that you actually feel so much better. There is no greasy or overly spicy elements and the textures are varied slightly but full of flavour. I highly recommend this over a fry up even though I love bacon and hashbrowns.
Bonus points for being nice and friendly staff. Even though the door was wide open and letting in blasts of cold air, they were kind enough to close it. They had really nice smelling hand soap which I caught a whiff of when Olleh & H came back from the bathroom. You know those paper ball play things that you blow up slightly and bat it around in the air? It seems the more you whack it, more air gets in! H and I were playing with the fish shaped ones that were on display and Oooohing and Aaaahing at what was for sale. Also for the wooden spoons instead of metal ones which made it even more of a comfortable dining experience.
Chance of returning: High. It is one of the places I would go out of my way to get some sustenance.