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New York Tomato - Mexican Influences at Richmond Icon

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New York Tomato is another Melbourne treasure and Richmond icon with eclectic setting, excellent cuisine and engaging service. Typically Melbourne, this place sits back from the main road and is hidden in the heart of the suburb. Roller doors open up a wondrous courtyard which is also the main dining precinct. A smattering of potted plants and retro chairs and tables gives New York Tomato a great feel. One could be mistaken for thinking this place is an American diner with its name, but it's enjoying Mexican influences under its new owners.

New York Tomato boasts some excellent dishes including Corn and chick pea pancakes, NYT Spring eggs with smashed peas and Greek fetta, Baked eggs, Free range eggs on toast with a host of sides, and toasted pides.

But the star of the show is the Quesadilla as pictured above with refried beans, cheese, topped with jalapenos, salsa and sour cream and killer guacamole. I rate this as one of Melbourne's most satisfying breakfast dishes. Often with a Quesadilla you just get a thin offering with a few ingredients inside. New York Tomato gives you thick filling with the refried beans and cheese - and then serves up generous salsa and guacamole on the side. So it becomes a hearty breakfast and at a good price. 

Even better is that the Quesadilla has some spice and kick. More interesting than some of the boring predictable breakfast menus around. Having been to Mexico I rate this dish as like something I might experience in the back blocks of Ensenada.

 

 

Here is the outlook from the Counter... Inviting. Relaxed. Papers out for the morning crowd and Green Day playing from the speakers.

 

New York Tomato pours a great latte...

 

This is why Melbourne is so awesome. You visit a small cafe off the beaten track and it hums with quality and captivates with its relaxed vibe.

Here is the iconic New York Tomato name on tiles at the cafe entrance...

 

The Mexican owners are engaging and enthusiastic and have exciting plans to develop authentic Mexican fare on the menu. Stay tuned... The young guy who is front of house is keen to please and fascinating to talk to...

 

Even the Chef came out and said hello... A cool dude who cooks with flair and is currently working on some menu changes...

New York Tomato is a gem and well worth a visit. Check out the Quesadilla as a sign of more Mexican fare to come...

 

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David Hagger is a bald headed man with a penchant for finery, convivial dining, and festive culture. He honestly believes Melbourne is an impressive global city.

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