Hidden away amongst the overload of brunch spots in Fitzroy - Fabrica does not stand out at all. But wow if you manage to find it you'll be glad you did as it rivals some of the best in the area (Sorry not sorry Industry Beans and Rustica!)
Sun shining bright and an empty cafe - normally a bad sign for a brunch spot and yet there was a very ominous feeling entering Fabrica because it was SO empty. Often overlooked for its flashier rivals it is a beautiful cafe which embraces being 'the chill one'. Decor was beautiful and I could honestly sit there for hours - it seems to be a local secret with its largely local crowd.
YUM YUM YUM...first up was the Salmon Gravlax (Atlantic salmon cured with juniper berries, gin and dill. Sides of traditional bagel, poached egg, champagne hollandaise, avocado, pickled red onion, roquette, capers, beetroot puree and charred corn). Yes it does seem like a lot of ingredients and yes you can't taste half of them but wow this dish was delish! I might've preferred something less heavy than a bagel to complement the other wise very light elements of the dish but apart from that it was yum - an eggs benny's lighter cousin the hollandaise really bringing everything together.
Hand cut fries (with aioli and tomato sauce) - not much to say here as they were simply delish with the crispy outside and soft and pillowy inside. The perfect thick cut chip!
And on to the grand finale...DESSERT. Dessert one of two was the Pancake Eton Mess (Berry compote, chantilly cream, meringue, vanilla cream, pistachio crumb, maple syrup, seasonal berries and persian fairy floss) which was as fluffy as it looked. I would've liked something like a salted caramel sauce for this dish as the maple syrup wasn't quite enough or it needed way more maple syrup to bring more flavour to the dish. Otherwise it was extremely filling so great value for money.
The Death by Chocolate Waffles (House made waffles, vanilla ice cream, mini oreos, house made brownies, chocolate ganache, honeycomb, chocolate flakes, salted caramel sauce and raspberries) tasted as good as it looked. SIMPLY AMAZING. It was very similar to a sticky date pudding in waffle form which was perfection. I really loved the caramel sauce and the use of raspberries to lighten things up. The ganache was nice but Nutella probably would've been even better - though I am nitpicking for faults here.
Freshly Squeezed OJ was fresh, pulpy and cold - perfect for the summer day.
Overall I'd HIGHLY RECOMMEND a visit to Fabrica. Choose it over its hyped rivals to have a real down to earth brunch experience - I promise you won't be disappointed!
Presentation (5): 4.5
Taste (5): 3.5
Service (5): 4.5
Atmosphere (5): 5