It’s no secret that Melbourne knows how to breakfast better than your average. If we had it our way, eating out in Melbourne would purely consist of Breakfast, Brunch, and Brinner. Many top-notch brekkie spots are playfully pushing boundaries by using unusual ingredients to create new twists on old classics. And then there are the purists, who follow the rules to the letter for the perfect plate. Eggs Benedict is one of those classics that is both done to perfection and is often experimented with. Here are a few of our top picks for best Eggs Benedict in Melbourne.
While Dr Morse is fast becoming one of our favourite watering holes for this summer (the beer garden is the business), we’re thrilled to notify you that they do breakfast on weekends as well. On one hand this is great news, on the other hand, we may never leave this place. The Dr Morse Eggs Benedict is served with pulled ham hock, and we can guarantee these guys know their way around a cooked pig. We’ve recently included them in our Best Pork Belly Round 2, and they also do Suckling Pig Sundays. Mmmmmm bacon.
Albert Park Deli
What started as a traditional continental delicatessen has expanded into a café, restaurant and catering business that never fails to deliver the goods. And sone of Melbourne’s best breakfasts. The menu changes daily at Albert Park Deli, but they do keep some classics on as regular options. While they certainly do a great standard Eggs Benedict here, we’d like to give a special shout out to the Eggs Royale – a variation of a classic, with salmon instead of ham. Poached eggs with Tasmanian smoked salmon, baby spinach and hollandaise sauce is a good option if you don’t want to stray too far from a classic.
This Brunswick gem is an undeniable favourite amongst locals, with their friendly atmosphere and darn good feeds. They have a very distinct ‘home made’ feel with everything they do, especially their cakes, which is why Miss Marmalade has developed such a loving, loyal following. Their Bacon Eggs Benny includes two perfectly poached eggs, hickory-smoked bacon, organic and deliciously crusty potato and rosemary bread, hollandaise, microherbs and a house made hash brown. Our money – shut up and take it.
Addict Food & Coffee
If you’re jonesing for Eggs Benedict that goes above and beyond, stop what you’re doing and redirect yourself towards Addict, STAT. Smoked ham hock with tarragon hollandaise is the go here and, as always, the more ham hock the better. They’ve decided to stray from the traditional English muffins to serve this dish on multigrain, but we say bring it on – it will keep you fuller for longer and keep further cravings at bay.
Here are four words to get you excited: Sriracha hollandaise eggs benny. That's pretty much all that needs to be said. Sir Charles in Fitzroy has almost built its rep on this thing, and locals pack out the tables every weekend clamoring for another plateful. Did we mention the poached eggs come with a panko crumb? We think our work here is done...
Friends of Mine
As the name suggests, Friends of Mine is as friendly and inviting as it is equally good for catching up with mates or trying to cure a hangover. There is plenty of variety on the menu here, and their ‘Favourite Friends’ section features one seriously great take on eggs benny. ‘Our Eggs Benedict’ includes smoked ham hock terrine, perfectly poached eggs, apple cider hollandaise and baby herbs. One more time for you. APPLE CIDER HOLLANDAISE. Boom.
There are not one, but two eggs benedict dishes at one of our fave Melbourne breakfast joints on the southside. First there’s the traditional Chicas Benedict with wilted spinach, smoked salmon, two poached eggs and hollandaise on a toasted bagel. Then there’s the BBB (Bikini Blowout Benedict), featuring crushed avocado, bacon, two poached eggs and hollandaise on a bagel. We’re going to go right ahead and recommend the BBB, as far as we’re concerned, you put on a bikini, you’ve got a bikini body, AMIRITE?! We’re also giving Las Chicas a massive high-five for pairing benedict with bagels. Genius.
Pillar of Salt
The good folk at Pillar of Salt are at the pointy end of the ‘Melbourne’s best breakfast’ game, as they work closely with local suppliers to keep the menu fresh, seasonal, and ever evolving. They do a smashing job at the classic eggs benedict, with poached eggs, braised and shredded Cape Otway ham hock, smashed peas and apple cider hollandaise on toast. Richmond is awash with excellent breakfast haunts, but put this one at the top of your list.
Where to start with this thing...A 12-hour slow cooked pork shoulder, melting in your mouth. Two perfectly poached googies. A fiery chipotle hollandaise. Bacon crumb. And the final flourish? Pickled green chillies. The whole thing comes together like some sort of concerto in your brain, and it makes a cracking hangover cure, washed down with a triple strength latte. Check out Faraday's Cage and never look back.
Let’s face it, how many times have you gone to Seven Seeds for a coffee, and only ever ordered just a coffee? If you’re like us, the answer is zero. Zero times. While it is tempting to grab a little something from the cabinet, may we suggest a bigger breakfast option? Eggs benedict here is served on English muffins with prosciutto, hollandaise and rocket. We like the Italian flair on show, and support any place that throws prosciutto on the breakfast menu.
Who do you reckon does the best Eggs Benedict in Melbourne, Listers?