Where would we be without eggs? Wherever you go, north, south, east or west, egg dishes dominate the menu all over Melbourne's thriving cafe scene. There's something about the little blighters, and they only seems to get tastier if you throw in some herbs, spices, perhaps a dash of garlic and stick 'em in the oven for a bit, then serve them roasting hot in the plate you baked them in. We've sourced the city on our own egg hunt to round up the best baked eggs in Melbourne.
BATCH ESPRESSO | BALACLAVA
One of our favourite southside spots, Kiwi-run Batch Espresso on the corner of Carlisle Street and Westbury is one of Balaclava's most pumping cafes, and deservedly so. Home to some of Melbourne's best breakfasts dishes, their bulging breakfast selection maintains a few old favourites all year round, and their baked eggs are simply amazing. Rich with garlic and paprika, the consistency is just right, with some of the juiciest chorizo going.
OSCAR COOPER | PRAHRAN
Popular Prahran café, Oscar Cooper, run with the rich vein of Middle Eastern culinary creation buried in the history of baked eggs. The eggy goodness is mixed up with spiced vegies, including chickpeas, in a turtle bean sauce with fetta and za'atar flat bread for good measure. Perfect for vegetarians, you can plump for merguez sausage if your carnivorous tendencies take over.
PATCH | RICHMOND
If you want to get your healthy head on, paleo outfit Patch Café on Richmond's Bendigo Street offer up their own take on baked eggs, with a paleo toast option (or sourdough for those who just don't care). The chorizo and tomato combo is mixed up with smoky chipotle for a flavour sensation.
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Friends of Mine | Richmond
Richmond is a bit of a breakfast mecca, it would seem, with Friends of Mine on Swan Street yet another in the running for Melbourne's best baked eggs. They dish up their own awesome take with ham hock, spicy chorizo with a welcome kick, crumbly fetta and baked beans, all with house baked bread for the all-important soak up of any runaway leftovers when you're done. Saves trying to lick the plate while no one is looking.
RICHMOND HILL CAFE AND LARDER | RICHMOND
For a slightly different take on the eggs obsession, Bridge Road's Richmond Hill Cafe and Larder does a much-lauded Baghdad eggs, but their good old-fashioned baked eggs are pretty special too. Swimming in their own sausage ragu, the flavour is enhanced with roasted pine nuts, feta and fresh coriander.
DEMITRI'S FEAST | RICHMOND
If you're after a right good feed to see you through the day to dinnertime, Swan Street's Dimitri's Feast does some of the best baked eggs in Melbourne, with added black pudding. Who can argue with a mighty feed like that? A combo of sweet and sour peppers packs a big, flavoursome punch, complementing the abundant richness of the black pudding.
BOTANICAL | SOUTH YARRA
Just on the edge of the Royal Botanic Gardens, as hinted at in the name, really, Domain Road's Botanical in South Yarra provides a scenic spot to delve into your best breakfast baked eggs. In their epic shakshouka, white beans and chorizo are baked with twin eggs in a rich piquillo sofrito sauce with Meredith goats' cheese, Aleppo pepper and pea tendrils. House made cornbread (so good!) functions perfectly as your egg mop here.
BOWERY TO WILLIAMSBURG | MELBOURNE CBD
Tucked away on the corner of Flinders Street and Oliver lane, dinky and trendy CBD brekkie spot Bowery To Williamsburg has an air of New York cool about it. If you can squeeze yourself in, they do a magnificent Shakshouka eggs poached in tomato sauce with flavoursome smoked salmon, fennel and a fried caper salad with dill-tinged creme fraiche.
THE HARDWARE SOCIETE | MELBOURNE CBD
Bowery's big brother, Hardware Street's The Hardware Societe, is another good spot to indulge in some of the best baked eggs in Melbourne CBD. They give you two options, one for veggies, with black leaf kale, or cavolo nero, mahon, a cow's milk cheese and pepper sofrito, or you can whack in the chorizo with a fresh pea injection.
MINA-NO-IE | COLLINGWOOD
The gorgeous big warehouse space that is Collingwood's light-filled Mina-No-Ie on Peel Street is a blissful breakfast haven. Perch under the cardboard tube pendant lights and the matching, undulating wall cladding and tuck into their Asian-influenced spin on the baked eggs obsession, with sweet miso eggplant and butternut pumpkin. It's a cheese sensation, and you can shop for flowers, design books, kitchen utensils and crockery while you're there.
SMALL VICTORIES | CARLTON NORTH
On of the more devilish baked eggs offering in town, Rathdowne Street's Small Victories dish up theirs with lashings of creamed corn, streaky bacon with a thyme salt tang and a lardo soldier – toasted sourdough wrapped in a heavenly blanket of pork fat. Mmmmmm.
CROWDED HOUSE | WILLIAMSTOWN
We love the urban cool of Crowded House's big, bright space on Williamstown's Ferguson Street, with its naked dangling light bulbs and stained glass windows behind the espresso bar. We also love their baked eggs, with spicy tomato, eggplant and red capsicum braise, with a solid helping of cheesy goodness. They don't scrimp on the herb bread either, with dipping actively encouraged.
CORNERSHOP | YARRAVILLE
This Ballarat Street gem, right opposite Yarraville's gorgeous Sun Theatre cinema, is the perfect spot to watch the world go by, with its big glass windows, chunky dark wood shared table up front and pea green espresso bar set against a towering whitewashed brick wall. Cornershop's Middle Eastern-influenced baked eggs are a delicious way to accompany your kick-off-the-day coffee.
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