50 Melbourne Brunch Dishes To Try In 2018

By Millie Lester
14th Feb 2018


That’s right, the big ol’ Brunch Bucket List of 2018 is here and it’s ready to put your BMI to the test. We’ve rounded up fifty of the most insane brekkie dishes filling the hungry tums of Melbourne this new year, and our beach bods are well and truly suffering as a result. But what the people want, the people get.

So, here are 50 brunch dishes to try in 2018.

  1. The Return of the Mac with house made mac & cheese croquettes, slow braised ham hock, textures of beetroot, poached egg and bearnaise at Carlton’s The Vertue of the Coffee Drink.
  2. The Chilli Crab Scramble with scrambled eggs, crab meat, hot chilli and spring onion at Black Gold in Richmond.
  3. The Stacks on Waffles with saffron and caramelised banana waffles injected with wild strawberry coulis and topped with lemon curd, whipped cream and chocolate macarons at Short Straw in Hawthorn.
  4. The Nostalgia with coco pop and caramel french toast, salted caramel ice cream, biscuit creme pat, chocolate soil and Coco Pops from Stagger Lee’s in Fitzroy.
  5. The Corn Fritters with spiced avocado, pickled zucchini, soft poached egg and popcorn shoots at Ascot Food Store in Moonee Ponds.
  6. The Kombucha Smoothie Bowl with house made granola, organic cacao and freeze-dried strawberries at The Crux & Co in South Melbourne.
  7. The Beetroot & Cheddar Waffle with grilled salmon, avocado, creme fraiche, capers and a poached egg at Fourth Chapter in Prahran.
  8. The Sangiovese Poached Pear with natural yoghurt, almond basil, pomegranate, honey and savoiardi crumbs at Brunswick’s Small Axe Kitchen.
  9. The 18 Hour Beef Brisket Benedict with homemade BBQ sauce, spinach, smoked paprika hollandaise and poached eggs on sourdough at Mount Waverley’s Son of Tucci.
  10. The Brother Hen’s Crispy Fried Eggs with pumpkin hummus, savoury granola, goats cheese and truffle oil on multigrain at Brother Hen in Moonee Ponds.
  11. The epic Mitraillette from Stables of Como in South Yarra. A serious contender for best sandwich in Melbourne: a French baguette, stuffed with rare roast beef, French fries, pan juices and Béarnaise sauce.
  12. The Kiss & Run Belgium Waffles with blueberry and mint compote, clove and mascarpone cream, summer fruits and chocolate crumble at Astroluxe in Bentleigh East.
  13. The Cookies n Cream Donut Sliders with smashed Oreos, salted caramel, bananas, honeycomb, figs and pistachios at Carnegie’s Left Field.
  14. The Brioche French Toast with Milo anglaise, snickerdoodle crumb, strawberries, coffee mascarpone and chocolate shards at Auction Rooms in North Melbourne.
  15. The Journeyman Eggs Benedict with crispy pork belly, maple hollandaise, apple, spinach, house made BBQ sauce and an english muffin at Prahran’s Journeyman.
  16. The Dragon Smoothie Bowl with dragon fruit, Nashis, wild strawberries, raw almonds, baked granola and coconut milk at Port Melbourne’s Long Story Short.
  17. The Steamed Barramundi with Japanese broth, kohlrabi, black bean vinaigrette and bonito sesame at Higher Ground in the CBD.
  18. The Chili Scrambled Eggs with Mooloolaba Crab, crayfish oil and seas spray at Kettle Black in South Melbourne.
  19. The deep-fried peanut butter bao, stuffed with cookies and cream, on top of a warm slice of banana bread from Plain Sailing in Elwood. 
  20. The Pixelated Av' from Light Years Cafe in Hawthorn. An 8-bit sliced avocado with an extra-terrestrial forest of chilli air-dried kale, growing from a bed of luminous edamame hummus. 
  21. The pina colada granola with coyo, macadamia, sticky lime and pineapple at Mammoth in Armadale.
  22. The Croissant French Toast with white chocolate, passionfruit, strawberries, crushed meringue and vanilla mascarpone at Axil Coffee Roasters in Hawthorn.
  23. The Choc Waffle Ice Cream Sandwich with peanut butter ice cream, honeycomb, salted caramel, pretzel, popcorn and raspberry puree at District North in Moonee Ponds.
  24. The Sweet Potato Fritters with spiced hung yoghurt, fresh herbs, pickled shallots, crispy sweet potato and poached eggs at Addict Food & Coffee in Fitzroy.
  25. The Egg Bhurji with curried scrambled eggs, puffed lentils and pickled onion from Footscray’s Rudimentary.
  26. The Sautéed Cauliflower with kale, feta, pomegranate, beetroot, quinoa superfood salad, poached eggs, sweet potato hummus and tahini yoghurt from Tall Timber in Prahran.
  27. The Pope’s Huevos with chorizo, poached egg, spiced beans, guacamole and pickled chilli from Pope Joan in Brunswick East.
  28. The Schnitzel Sandwich from Hector's Deli in Richmond. A Baker's Delight white bap, stuffed with gnarly fried chicken schnitzle, then slathered in herb mayo and lettuce. Outrageously good. 
  29. The Sweet Potato Stack on a bed of baby spinach with grilled haloumi, two poached eggs and bearnaise sauce at Miss Marmalade in Brunswick.
  30. The Seasonal Local Mushrooms from History Cafe in Essendon. Poached eggs with pickled wild mushrooms, mushroom puree and drizzled with a parsley and garlic herb emulsion. 
  31. The outrageous three-cheese breakfast toastie from Archie Green in the CBD: three artisan cheeses, smoked pig-cheek bacon, pickles and field mushrooms. This thing is so gooey it hurts. 
  32. The Breakfast Burger with avocado, spinach, tomato, bacon and a fried egg on brioche at the Footscray Milking Station in Footscray.
  33. The Cinnamon Dusted Brioche with Tonka bean creme pat, charred pineapple, maple roasted peanuts, blackberry coulis and coffee caviar at Industry Beans in Fitzroy.
  34. The Pumpkin Pancakes with orange segments, citrus mascarpone, candied walnuts and Canadian maple syrup at Fifty Acres in Richmond.
  35. The Thick Cut Bacon with gruyere potato cake, chipotle mayo, beetroot relish, sprouts and poached eggs at Wide Open Road in Brunswick.
  36. The Breakfast Benny Burger with apple chutney, pulled pork, baby spinach, poached egg, cheddar cheese and hollandaise sauce on a fresh bun at Green Refectory in Brunswick.
  37. The Peaches & Cream with grilled peaches, organic puffed rice, crunchy corn flakes, cinnamon ricotta and fairy floss from Turning Point in Rippon Lea. 
  38. The Hash with beef brisket, sweet potato, housemade sauerkraut, horseradish aioli and a poached egg at The Premises in Kensington.
  39. The Vietnamese Bacon Dumpling Broth with 5-spice bacon and shiitake dumplings, mustard leaf and Vietnamese beef broth at Proud Mary in Collingwood.
  40. The Hobba Benedict with slow-cooked pulled ham hock on sourdough, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce from Hobba in Prahran.
  41. The Calentao Rolo with wild Spanish rice, house-made chorizo, pulled pork and beans, topped with fried eggs, crispy arepa and lemony smashed av’ from Buenos Dias in Carlton North. 
  42. The Lobster & Potato Croquettes with sour cream, parsnips and radish at Naughty Boy Cafe in Princes Hill.
  43. The toasted Dr Marty’s crumpets, drizzled in blueberry compote, burnt honey, crushed walnuts and a quenelle of vanilla-spiked mascarpone at Lillie Espresso in Prahran. 
  44. The Poké Bowl with mango, papaya & avocado salsa, cucumber ribbons, lotus root, sticky black rice, wakame salmon, nigella seeds and ginger soy dressing at Drugstore Espresso in South Yarra.
  45. The Wholemeal Waffles with fresh berries, banana, candied bacon crumb, salted caramel mascarpone, freeze-dried strawberries, toasted macadamia and maple syrup at Touchwood in Richmond.
  46. The Golden Gaytime pannacotta at Bentwood in Fitzroy: wobbly chocolate pannacotta with Gaytime crumbs, sitting on a slick of salted caramel. 
  47. The Protein Taco with tofu scramble, red cabbage slaw, fresh tomatoes, herbs and lime at Serotonin Eatery in Burnley.
  48. The bacon n' egg brioche rolls from Egglab in Collingwood. Probably the greatest breakfast rolls in the whole city. Go nuts, lug on some hot sauce, and grab a side of potato gems. 
  49. The Gypsy King - Spanish morcilla served on crisp rosemary polenta bars, garden puree, buttered corn kernels, crisp kale, chimichurri, breakfast radish and poached eggs at Breakfast Thieves in Fitzroy.
  50. The Halloumi Stack with beetroot hummus, avocado, roquette, balsamic, poached eggs and sourdough at Mama Bear in Flemington.

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Image credit: Bentwood | Annika Kafcaloudis

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