Satire aside, I do have a deep affection for the West and not only the Vietnamese hub of Footscray but also Kensington where there are cafes lining suburban sidewalks.
The Premises is a deceptively moderately sized cafe, wood panelled and bright with an open kitchen. While you wait you’ll be teased by other people’s meals as they transit from kitchen to mouth – try to keep your hands to yourself. This may even help you to make your decision. The coffee was bang on, but it was the pancakes that completely floored me. And I mean floored. I was in a diabetic comatose state for the rest of the afternoon – the shakes, trembles, you name it. This was a special on the day, but given the crowd’s response I dare say it may feature quite regularly. Pancakes with rhubarb, cinnamon mascarpone, candied pistachios and orange syrup. The pancakes deliciously fluffy and the presentation jaw dropping, which is convenient so you can place these hot cakes in your mouth with little effort.
Other ordered items included the porridge and poached eggs with tomato and labna on sourdough. Who can think straight when there are pancakes on the screen though.
PS If you do choose to commit insurance fraud in this neighborhood, you couldn't have picked a better place to be stranded.
202 Bellair St,
Kensington VIC 3031
(03) 9376 7565