It’s that chilly time of year when a cool smashed avo on sourdough just won’t cut it (blasphemy), and that’s why we’ve hunted down the best, most heart-warming (and delish) brunch dishes in the whole city. Your hands might be cold, but your tum doesn’t have to be.
#15 Breakfast Pasta At Small Axe Kitchen
Take a few years off your life and have the breakfast pasta with maccaruni, guanciale, peas, mint, salted ricotta and a slow-cooked egg at Brunswick’s Small Axe Kitchen.
#14 Spicy Peperonata Baked Eggs At Axil Coffee Roasters
Tuck into some baked eggs with spicy peperonata, dukkah, Meredith feta and pumpkin grain toast at Axil Coffee Roasters.
#13 Roasted Peppers & Cashew Pesto At Mama Bear
Line your cold tum with a serving of the roasted peppers and cashew pesto, topped with poached free range eggs, sauteed spinach and grilled chorizo at Flemington’s Mama Bear.
#12 Corn & Zucchini Fritters At Cafe Lafayette
Snuggle up with a plate of corn and zucchini fritters with grilled Dutch carrots, onion, capsicum, homemade sour cream, a poached egg and the (strongly encouraged) option of seared scallops at Port Melbourne’s Cafe Lafayette.
#11 Burrito Bowl At Mr Mister
Warm up with the burrito bowl filled with quinoa, spiced black beans, crispy tortillas, corn salsa, avocado cream and minted creme fraiche at Windsor’s Mr Mister.
#10 Slow Cooked Duck Ragu At Drugstore Espresso
Get your cold weather breakfast hit with the slow-cooked duck ragu with spiced mixed beans, smoked chorizo and feta, all topped with a poached egg and a side of crispy sourdough at South Yarra's Drugstore Espresso.
#9 Shakshuka Eggs At Friends Of Mine
Baby get shakshuka-y after school with gently poached eggs in a base of tomatoes, onion, capsicum, eggplant and spice, served with warmed house Turkish bread at Richmond’s Friends Of Mine.
#8 Spicy Chorizo & Chipotle Baked Beans At Code Black Coffee
Chow down on spicy chorizo and chipotle baked beans, aged cheddar, gremolata and a poached egg with sourdough toast at North Melbourne’s Code Black Coffee.
#7 Crab & Prawn Omelette At Stagger Lee’s
Treat yo’self to the crab and prawn omelette with fresh green chilli, green sauce, tomato and and herb salad, served with 5-grain toast at Fitzroy’s Stagger Lee’s.
#6 Sweet Potato Nachos At Fourth Chapter
Curb your carb cravings with sweet potato nachos, smoked chipotle, avocado and charred corn salsa, labneh, fried egg and blue corn tortillas at Prahran’s Fourth Chapter.
#5 Hot Smoked Salmon At Auction Rooms
Head north for the hot smoked salmon with curried arancini, sesame yoghurt, eggplant jam, pickled papaya and a soft boiled egg at North Melbourne’s Auction Rooms.
#4 Breakfast Ramen At Journeyman
Try something ~phresh~ and choose the breakfast ramen with a 62-degree egg, bacon, shitake mushroom, coriander, spring onion and bacon dashi at Windsor’s Journeyman cafe.
#3 Slow Cooked Beans At Top Paddock
Do you stomach a favour and try the slow-cooked beans with a sauce of roasted heirloom tomatoes, roast garlic, fried sourdough, goats curd and poached eggs at Richmond’s Top Paddock.
#2 Spiced Lentils At Rudimentary
Head west for the spiced lentils with roasted pumpkin, garam masala, raita and poached egg at Footscray’s Rudimentary.
#1 Oven Baked Smoked Salmon Omelette At Two Birds One Stone
Throw summer to the wind with the oven-baked smoked salmon omelette served with salsa verde, pickled beetroot and a mixed leaf salad at South Yarra’s Two Birds One Stone.
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Image credit: Cafe Lafayette by Michelle Jarni for The Urban List