At some stage, Atomica (268 Brunswick St, Fitzroy) would have been a cool new Fitzroy/Collingwood cafe. That was in the past, and it’s been overtaken by the likes of Birdman Eating and Cavallero in the cool stakes. The interior is looking pretty tired and the menu doesn’t look particularly exciting.
What it lacks in style, it more than makes up for in substance. The coffee is the best and most consistent in Fitzroy – much better than many of Melbourne’s cafes that makes up the so-called ‘third wave’ of coffee.
Similarly, the food, while not particularly imaginative, is executed perfectly. Scrambled eggs are actually scrambled rather than being mashed up omelettes, and poached eggs are done just right. Side are equally good, with crispy bacon, ripe tomatoes, and beans that actually taste home-made, or house made, as other cafes might phrase it. Even the bread is even baked there.
Service is friendly, and when a mistake in service is made, the staff is happy to acknowledge it.
Next time you’re wanting a nice breakfast out, instead of queueing for a table at the latest cool cafe, give Atomica a shot.