We love eating dishes from all four corners of the globe, but unfortunately our travel budgets rarely match our desire for far-flung flavours. If you’re also on the hunt for a taste of something a little more exotic than the usual bircher bowl or smashed avo on toast, you’re in luck: We’ve rounded up Melbourne’s best internationally inspired breakfasts, whether you’re in the mood for a trip to Thailand, Mexico, Japan, or somewhere entirely different.
Blue Corn, St Kilda
From Huevos Rancheros (that’s baked eggs to you and me) to the almighty breakfast burrito, St Kilda Mexican restaurant Blue Corn’s weekend breakfast menu is bursting with Mexican spice. And if you’re looking for hair of the dog, there’s always a healthily stocked bar… Tequila Bloody Mary, anyone?
The shining star in this Latin-American inspired menu simply has to be the Bebida Big Latino Breakfast. Pulled pork, chorizo, chilli fried eggs and queso fresco croquettes makes for a mighty fine way to start the day.
Colombia & Venezuela
Chargrilled chorizo and juicy chicken, black beans served with feta and spices, and a mouth-watering traditional black pudding arepa (maize bread), make for fantastic, meat-led brunch options at Sonido! on Gertrude Street. Make your next breakfast date a South American feast!
Son In Law, Collingwood
Son In Law’s evening twist on Thai street food is mouth-watering, but it’s the Thai brunch – complete with fish sliders, spiced sweet tamarind and shallot-topped eggs, and betel leaf bites – that’s rocking our weekend socks. With service starting at midday, technically it might not be breakfast, but it’s a must for you late-risers.
If modern Thai cuisine is right up your alley, Carlton café Nora needs to be on your must-eat list. The kitchen’s creativity with Thai flavours is second to none, and every dish is served beautifully too.
USA & Canada
Bowery To Williamsburg, Melbourne CBD
Bagels, po’boys, blueberry and vanilla pie… The team at Bowery To Williamsburg has brought a taste of New York to Melbourne’s laneways, making it the perfect place for a brunch that’s right out of your American dreams. And if you need a sugar hit to start your day, they import Boylans of Brooklyn sodas. Score!
Fox In The Box, Brighton
Melbourne fodmap café, Fox In The Box, specialises in allergy friendly food from around the globe - but the American-inspired standout simply has to be the bacon maple quinoa pancakes. Available in gluten free and dairy free incarnations, this is one triple stack we could eat for days.
FAT Fried & Tasty, East Brunswick
Chicken. Waffles. Ice-cream. Syrup. There is NOTHING more American than the Canadian maple syrup drenched chicken waffles at FAT Fried And Tasty. Just don’t expect to eat for the rest of the day, Listers.
Belle’s Hot Chicken, Fitzroy
It’s in the name, folks. Another top waffles and chicken joint, Belle's Hot Chicken is definitely worth allocating a day’s worth of calories to nice and early.
Trunk, Melbourne CBD
Sure, Trunk does a stack of epic American influenced dishes, including epic hotcakes. Have you wrapped your mouth around the Jamaican pancakes?! This buttermilk double stack comes with caramelised bananas and maple butter, making for a sweet start to the day that’s not for the faint-hearted. Ask for some sweetened condensed milk in your espresso for the full Kingston effect.
Cafe Lafayette, Port Melbourne
Bayside beauty Café Lafayette is our secret go-to for a Chinese fusion breakfast that dishes up a little local love, as well as dumplings and crispy duck rolls galore. Max out on the xiaolong juicy buns, then walk it off along the shore.
Tucked behind Easey’s legendary burger bar is Cibi, a petite venue that’s come straight from a Tokyo backstreet. As well as serving a traditional Japanese breakfast of raw fish, beans, rice and pickles, the kitchen bakes some of the most delicious macha muffins…
…Which you will also find at Minanoie, the Cibi team’s second venue in Collingwood. Look out for beautiful imported homewares, as well as incredible Japanese food, at both hidden gems.
Kuu Café, South Melbourne
Another cute Japanese gem, Kuu Café serves some fantastic no-frills Japanese breakfasts such as smoked trout ochazuke (dashi broth dressed trout and veggies on brown rice), a traditional breakfast platter, and a variety of katsu sandwiches. Oishi!
Visit The Urban List next week for the second part of our round-up, featuring more epic international brunch finds from Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
Image credit: Trunk