The Fair Cafe

135 Church Street Richmond

There are cafes around Richmond popping up like the plague at the moment. With a recent addition in late July, the top end of Church Street gained its first third wave experience with The Fair. This late bloomer is a pleasant welcome to the area for Richmond brunchers although there is no real breakfast menu to be seen.

Comprising mostly of left field lunch items, The Fair lacks the option of the basics which puts it in a category with the likes of Deadman Espresso and the League of Honest Coffee – that is, despite their exciting experimentalism, it proves more than difficult to order a latte with eggs on toast. Credit goes to their adventurous risk and once I actually decided what to order, my food was delicious and looks so too.

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Teamed with this offside menu is the strange and confusing decor. Minimalist is very in Vogue at the moment and the team stick to the expectation but somehow manage to plant confusing and dare I say it “ugly” artwork on their crisp white walls. I have also seen in Melbourne cafes of late – horrid crochet, plant hangers gracing the somewhat darker corners of cafes and The Fair come through with the goods – a bright pink addition to the front window.

Not my cup of coffee... you be the judge

Although the service was slower than baking the bread we ate, staff delivered with enthusiasm and anticipation and were eager to know what we thought. The coffee from Wide Open Road is made for espresso drinkers and has a warm body and surprising aftertaste and most impressing is served with sparkling mineral water to clear your tastebuds. Regrettably if your regular is a flat white or a latte, perhaps ordering juice is a better option for you. Despite these partial downfalls, credit goes to a good try and with a little practice The Fair could prove to be a real competitor for Pillar of Salt down the street for the lunchtime corporate rush in the surrounding area.

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