Brunswick’s Sydney Road is on the fast track to becoming the new Fitzroy. A hive of cafes, bars and boutique eateries blossoming in the fair weather of hipster chic while Brunswick Street slowly slides into the douchebaggery of neo-Chapel Street. Ok, that’s the most Melbourne I’ve ever crammed into an opening paragraph – let’s talk about Curious Goose.
Is there a more welcoming sight that seeing two for one cocktails on a warm evening? As we wandered in and sat down in this humble cafe, I think we both felt that good things were to come.
The grilled pork belly tacos lasted all of about three minutes before being completely devoured. With welcome additions of lemon and lime, pineapple and a generous whack of guacamole, I’m not surprised they didn’t last long.
The jalapeno poppers were exactly what you’d hope them to be: a satisfying crunch of corn chip on the outside and the warm soft cheese within, all cupped in the spicy embrace of the jalapeno itself. It’s the kind of food you know will be too hot to eat but you gratefully accept the scorched mouth for just another taste.
Don’t forget to load up on the pulled beef tacos. A simple, honest proposition of tender meat wrapped in a soft blanket along with the usual accompaniments joining the party like your favourite old friends. We couldn’t help but load these with reckless dashings of the hot sauces you see dotted around the Goose’s tables with ample variety.
You’re not going to want to visit Curious Goose for five star dining. You’ll go to Curious Goose for its well-priced and tasty fare, totally decent cocktails, the beer selection and because it’s the kind of place that makes you feel like one of the cool kids – even if just for a moment.