Wednesday, September 03, 2008

the changing shape of breakfast

Like the shrinking girth of models over the decades, I wish I had a ‘before’ and ‘after’ photo comparison of the once big breakfast at the Green Grocer in North Fitzroy.

But that would be unfair because a few years back they changed the name of their famous meal to the ‘Grocer’s Breakfast’, dropping the illusion of big-ness. However the ingredients haven’t really changed, just the proportions.

The fetta pancake was so big it reached the far edges of the plate, soaking up the juices of all the ‘sides’ sitting on top. Actually not just the generosity of the pancake has been altered but also the texture and taste. It is a lesser version in so many ways now.

Previously the vegetables that featured on the plate were grander: half of an avocado and double the amount of mushrooms

But is downsizing such a bad thing? There was no way I could plough my way through the original version. Though, many other diners could manage to clean their plates. In such a super-sized age, is it refreshing to be able to sample an array of flavours without leaving with our gut straining against our waistbands?

I don’t know.

The hash browns are still great, just a little less of them.

It’s still pretty but more a tasting plate than a big breakfast.



Vegetarian version of the Grocer’s breakfast, with a side of smoked salmon

Does anyone else remember the good old days of The Green Grocer?

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4 Comments:

Blogger Ed said...

I wish more would down size and that portion still looks quite large

9:40 am  
Anonymous Lucy said...

I reckon it's perfectly-sized.

The pancake does seem a little spongy...but it's all I need, indeed, all I want. And no pesky left-overs to wonder what to do with.

10:34 am  
Blogger ozmouse said...

Taste wise, it is one of the best breakfast in town. But i did go away hungry. I have only been once, so i must have the 'new improved' size.

12:37 pm  
Blogger Dani said...

I haven't been there in years. Pre-Ankle Biters. I think smaller sized portions are better. Big portions led to over eating or food wastage. Totally unnecessary in either case.

Justified too if the prices have stayed the same as the cost of ingredients have undoubtedly gone up.

6:11 pm  

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