The only thing better than poached eggs is poached eggs in a pool of spicy tomato and capsicum sauce served with warm buttered bread. Anyone who thinks otherwise is either an idiot or gluten intolerant. And now that the summer months are over and our Havaiana thong tans are slowly fading (thank gawd), acai bowls just won’t cut it in this unwavering drizzle...which is why we’ve scoured the city for Melbourne’s best baked eggs. We know, it’s a hard job, but someone’s gotta do it.
Head to Moonee Ponds for a lil’ taste of Spain at Brother Hen, who serve a delicioso baked eggs with a Spanish twist that means you chicos and chicas can enjoy poached eggs with bean and chorizo ragu, manchego, goats curd and basil oil, served with charred sourdough, without even boarding the Skybus.
Grange Road Egg Shop
Burried deep in the South Eastern suburbs is Toorak’s Grange Road Eggs Shop, which has a traditional shakshuka with free range eggs, tomatoes, flaked chilli, capsicum and chickpeas, served with yoghurt, coriander and sourdough. Yum.
The CBD’s Hardware Societe is Melbourne’s resident baked egg oasis. Their menu contains no less than three versions, including baked eggs with either pumpkin and sage puree, roasted asparagus, truffled brie and pine nuts...or chorizo sausage, potato, piquillo peppers, queso mahon, toasted almonds and aioli...or finally with duck rillettes, beetroot puree and hazelnut pesto. There’s also the added option of black truffle, because dreams really do come true.
Axil Coffee Roasters
Hawthorn’s Axil Coffee Roasters has a very reliable baked eggs with spicy peperonata, dukkah, Meredith feta and pumpkin grain toast. We also won’t judge you for following it up with their red velvet pancakes...
Similarly, Prahan’s Tall Timber serve a delish shakshuka with gently poached eggs in a base of tomatoes, capsicum, onion, eggplant, and spices, served with toasted ciabatta. It'll put your scrambled eggs on Wonderwhite to shame.
Back across the river is Hawthorn’s Liar Liar, who’ve mastered the cold-weather brunch dish with their sublime house baked eggs containing no less than two poached eggs, feta, pesto and warm Turkish bread.
Footscray Milking Station
West of the CBD is the Footscray Milking Station who boast a pimped-up baked eggs with tomato sugo, spiced chickpeas, roast capsicum, sausage, squacquarone cheese and hommus bruscetta. Holy fook.
Friends Of Mine
Get closely acquainted with the shakshuka baked eggs at Richmond’s Friends Of Mine, which come nestled in a base of tomatoes, onion, capsicum, eggplant and spices, served with warm Turkish bread.
Find your mister right at Mr Mister in the form of baked eggs shakshuka with chorizo crumb, spiced tomato and pepper sauce, mozzarella, grilled eggplant and zucchini, almonds, puffed chickpeas and grilled flatbread. (You had us at chorizo crumb).
Steal yourself a plate of the ‘The Legend’ at FItzroy’s Breakfast Thieves. Their spicy baked eggs are served with spanish hot chorizo, mushrooms, green peas, pumpkin, sweet corn and feta, and are accompanied by herbed garlic toast (baked eggs AND garlic bread).
Looking for more than eggs of the baked variety? Check out the 11 brunches you should have had this year (already, we know).
Image credit: Axil Coffee Roasters