Shop 2, 60 Toorak Road, South Yarra, 3141—View map


03 9866 7988



Monday to Friday 7:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday and Sunday 8:30am to 5:00pm


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Tennis anyone?

Francesca Fogerty 29 November 2008

Something about Toorak makes me want to suck my stomach in. Now, that's not to say that those North of the Yarra are less beautiful than those in the South, but I still suck in anyway. Enough said.

Picnic is part of the Toorak road café scene. It's slotted in admist maternity clothes stores, hairdressers and other places where I assume you can buy things that make you look, smell and taste good.

Picnic is light and bright, fresh and relaxed. The boxes of oranges and mandarins that line the hallway to the bathroom are used to make sweet fresh juice and goodies like Jimpan Artisan Preserves and Tea from Picnic Estate and Sri Lanka are subtly displayed next to wooden tennis racquets and hanging wooden chairs.

The space is simple and light. It's a relaxed room filled with a variety of different seating - the candy striped chairs give off a "fancy a game of tennis" vibe and the crowd is a mix of Toorak locals. Young, old and groomed.

The menu is a little bit of understated posh. You can have organic porridge or perhaps a pizzaette with pear, prosciutto, feta and rocket, the bottom line is that care is evident. Organic, free range, organic milk, these beautiful buzz words fill the senses and whet the appetite for what's to come.

The thought of eating Panne Perdu with whipped ricotta, maple syrup and strawberries makes me salivate - with no disappointment. Light, sweet with a hint of tart, French toast never tasted so good.

With an emphasis on egg dishes, the menu also manages to delight - the homemade hash browns come out as a crusty croquet, oozing with creamy potato mixed with a hint of something else. Delicious.

Childhood favorites of hard boiled eggs with soldiers are available - as is bruschetta with grilled mushroom, feta and pesto or grilled tomato, ricotta and fresh basil.  So whether you feel like something soothing or something fresh, you're catered for without needing to do too much humming and ha-ing.

The poached eggs in the Florentine were faultless and the Dench bread was fresh and tasty  - just how it should be.

The great thing about Picnic is that if you feel like San Pellegrino - it's not a problem. What about Abbondio Sodas from Italy or a cool sweet glass of champagne? That's served too.


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