97 Errol Street
Fandango, a few doors down from Auction Rooms, is one of the smaller brunch places I’ve been to, with an interior that is fairly dated. We were led through to the bright courtyard up the back. Small, but a preciously sunny spot.
The chai is quite light and more fragrant on the nose. I was particularly taken by the gorgeous honey drum.
I’ll be honest, having been quite spoilt with the charming menu at Twenty & Six Espresso, Three Bags Full and the like, it’s been a while since I’ve found myself perusing through the menu aimlessly, with nothing grabbing my attention. It was deceptively uninspiring.
Chicken Toasted Sandwich - Oven Roasted Chicken Breast, Chunky Avocado Cheeks, Melted Swiss Cheese, Baby Spinach Leaves & Mustardy Mayo ($12)
I adore the salty sweet, and taking the ingenious cue of my brunch companion, I drizzled a honey web all over the crunchy toast. It was, I swear, absolutely perfect. Not one to do things in small doses, I wound up with a sticky sweet salty mess, my fingers were sticky, my plate was sticky. It elevated the entire sandwich. As promised, you could taste each of the elements - the cheesy, creamy avocado with juicy chicken and mustard.
The only plate that caught my eye, had a heap of the vibrant fuchsia beetroot & feta relish. Our server was incredibly obliging and accommodated our request for a separate serve of the creamy earthy spread.
Fandango is one of those simple pleasures in life you take for granted, while you’re busy being dazzled by brighter shinier stars. And it makes you take a step back and re-think what you thought you knew.