I’ve met my friend Rachael exactly three times, even though we’ve now known each other for nearly ten years. Once when I visited her in England. Once when we happened to be in Shanghai at the same time when she was there for work – she works in Formula One – and I was there on holiday. And just recently, in Melbourne when she had a few holiday days left in Australia after finishing up her work at the Melbourne Grand Prix and I was down in Melbourne visiting my family. What a coincidence!
We spent a day together in Melbourne, doing activities I wouldn’t normally do as a Melbourne regular. We started off by taking a cruise down the Yarra River from Southbank to Williamstown on an overcrowded river boat that was definitely carrying more than the legal passenger limit.
By the time we docked in Williamstown, we’d been sitting in the hot sun on the deck of the boat for well over an hour. Some cool refreshments and an early lunch were in order! We stopped into the General Food Co not far from the Williamstown Wharf and sat down in the shaded courtyard for a cool beverage each.
Deciding to opt for something a little healthier than my usual order of bacon-filled all day breakfast as I had a big dinner planned for that evening, I ordered a pumpkin and chicken salad. Served with a mix of raw onion, rocket, baby spinach and walnuts the lightly seared chicken and pumpkin salad was a tad over-dressed for my liking. I would also have liked to see some sort of a grain incorporated into the dish – even a light scattering of cous cous or quinoa would have really bulked up the salad a little bit and made it a little more substantial.
Rachael ordered scrambled eggs on toast, with a side order of bacon. The eggs were super creamy – just the way I prefer them. And could that bacon have gotten any crispier? A simple order, but executed well.
As we were finishing our meal, I became shocked to learn that Rachael had not yet tried our national all-time favourite ice-cream bar…the Golden Gaytime. With directions from our waitress to the closest milk bar, we headed off to get Rachael a taste of pure bliss, before heading back into the city and going up the Melbourne Star Observation Wheel – touristy but fun!
General Food Co were pretty decent for a local cafe, but given that I only rarely visit Williamstown, I’m probably unlikely to visit again any time soon. I’d much rather try another of the many cafes or restaurants in the area!