Being a Melbourne foodie is a full-time job. It’s an art (#Instagrammable), a sport (that time you ran to get ahead of a 10-man brunch crew) and a science (how can I fit more than my socially-acceptable three meals a day into 24 hours?).
In case you’ve fallen off Melbourne’s rapidly moving foodie bandwagon, we’ve rounded up 11 egg-cellent brunch dishes you definitely should have eaten this year. Get cracking.
Prawn Croquettes at Café Lafayette
Get shell-fish at this gorgeously bright, bayside café. With an uninterrupted view of the bay, Café Lafayette’s prawn croquettes are a definite step up from last night's leftover pizza. Bread-crumbed king prawn, smashed potato, scallops, avocado puree, tartar, sesame, hollandaise and a poached egg top off a smashing brunch.
Deconstructed Avo at Black Gold
It’s all about luxury at Black Gold, and boy are we lapping it up. Breakfast polenta (what is this witchcraft?!) comes out Hulk-green thanks to the addition of pistachio pesto, finished off with black olives and ricotta. Special shout out to their deconstructed avocado as well: you get three pieces of toast (technically) instead of one, so you’ll avo great day.
Smoked Salmon Benedict at Grange Road Egg Shop
If you’re in the mood for your favourite Sunday meal with a twist, head down to Grange Road Egg Shop. Classic benedict gets a Melbourne makeover with ham or smoked salmon, poached eggs and burnt butter béarnaise on corn toast. The interior features pastel-blue egg-like chairs, bronzed egg murals and quirky (you guessed it) egg-shaped tables.
Banana Cream Pie at Moby 3143
Oozing with deep gold, buttery caramel, Moby’s Banana Cream Pie is a sweet-tooth's dream. Inspired by Yotam Ottolenghi, Moby’s menu has a strong Middle Eastern influence. The ricotta hotcake with banana cream, strawberries, caramel and popcorn may not be the most exotic choice on the menu, but you won’t complain once you’ve got a spoonful in.
Congee at Bang Bang at the Rifle Club
An all-day, dawn-to-dusk venue tucked into the side of a pocket park, the long-vacant Caulfield Rifle Club officially has a new identity. Bang Bang at the Rifle Club is a morning takeaway spot, a post-work tipple tempter and a family-friendly Sunday brunch rolled into one versatile venue. For breakfast, we recommend the Congee with chilli oil, fried shallots and coriander. Go ahead and add some masterstock pork with crisp egg and scratchings too—you deserve it.
Seaweed Pancake at Wilson & Market
A three-part, multi-area project in Prahran Market, Paul Wilson has opened a café and takeaway tuck shop so far this year (expansion plans are already in the works). The “lifestyle café” (because there is no better way to describe Melbourne dining), dishes out a seaweed pancake with house-smoked ocean trout, horseradish and pickled cucumber. Add an egg for extra ridiculousness.
Peach ‘N Avocado at The Butler's Den
Elwood’s new fox on the block, The Butler’s Den is starting to generate a bit of a bayside rep. Brunch dishes hit the table vibrant, bright, and overflowing with Instagram eye-candy. Make a beeline for the Peach ‘N Avocado with charcoal toast (hint: it’s not burnt), lemon mint smashed avo, peach chips, pomegranate, tomato, candy striped beets, dukkah, beetroot hummus and a balsamic reduction.
Breakfast Roll at Noughts + Crosses
Opened in late 2016, Noughts + Crosses has been quietly winning over every local from two-legged kiddies to four-legged furballs. Notoriously pup-friendly, order the no-frills Breakfast Roll with bacon, egg, tomato relish and mushroom taleggio to get your weekend off to a flyer.
Roasted Sweet Potato Hash at Junie Moon's
This roasted sweet potato with beetroot and quinoa hash comes pan fried, panko crumbed with a side of chipotle hummus and avocado smash. It's Junie Moon's classic. When the waiter offers you poached egg and goat's curd on top, tell them to take your money.
Red Velvet Pancakes at Axil Coffee Roasters
Do we even need an explanation for this one?! Bright scarlet pancakes will arrive at your table with a devilish glint of black sesame ice-cream and fresh raspberries. With a bit ‘o cream cheese ganache and chocolate brownie soil, this Axil dish takes the panCAKE.
Hung Over at Friends Of Mine
An oldie, but a very, very goodie. If you're feeling a little fragile come Saturday morning, head to Friends of Mine and order the Hung Over. Poached eggs, bacon, avocado, cheesy herb bread, a bit of water and a lot of Berroca, and you’ll be good to go.
Want to get the skinny on those Axil Red Velvet Pancakes? (Probably a poor choice of words...) Get all the info here.
Image credit: Michelle Jarni