Every time I order breakfast, I face a first world problem. Why do I have to choose sweet or savoury, toast or muesli, fruit or bacon (erm, bacon every time!)? Well gather round fellow breakfast battlers, as a host of Melbourne’s best cafes have come to the rescue with the indecisive eater’s best friend: the breakfast board. Here are a few of our city’s finest.
Clifton Hill’s cutest cafe, Mixed Business, dishes up a ploughman’s breakfast of free range pork belly rillette, with boiled egg, vintage cheddar and his humble friend, the pickle. Vegos needn’t miss out—there’s a meat-free version that replaces the pork with a roast mushroom rillette.
Those Fitzroy cafes have really got this breakfast board business in the bag, but Industry Beans has really upped the ante with their Industry Charcuterie. We’re talking a share plate of duck bacon, wagyu bresaola, tea marbled egg with salt cured yolk, fennel remoulade, manchego croquette, pear and saffron relish and Pedro Ximinez prunes.
Killer Brunswick cafe Code Black dishes up a delectable Brunswick Ploughman’s featuring soft boiled egg, smoked eggplant, pickled fennel, house made feta, fresh radish, pastourma (air dried cured beef), smoked yoghurt and house made flat bread. Suitable for vegos, vegans and the gluten-free.
Head to North Melbourne’s beloved Auction Rooms for their adventurous take on the breakfast board: grilled chorizo, ocean trout croquette, feta, avocado puree, soft boiled egg with rye soldiers, and mixed grain porridge. A veritable feast at just 20 smackers.
St Kilda’s Finn Cafe does a sophisticated version of the Melbourne breakfast favourite. Their brekkie board is topped with delectable duck rillettes, smoked salmon, boiled egg, cherry tomatoes, feta, beetroot hummus, cornichons, and granola. Yum.
Head to Fitzroy with your leaf eating pals for the Breakfast Thieves’ epic veg-friendly breakfast board. The Breakfast Chain 2.0 pairs caramelised fig yoghurt with homemade granola; a pot of apple, rhubarb and ginger almond crumble; and a side of soft-boiled eggs with cheddar melted soldiers.
Grey Gardens Coffee Bar & Larder
Out the back of innovative art and film space Grey Gardens, the Coffee Bar & Larder is a cute little Scando-inspired space with a small, perfectly formed menu. The Breakfast Smörgåsbord comes with Jarlsberg cheese, soft boiled golden egg, toast, cultured butter, junket with rhubarb and pear compote, and fresh fruit. Perfect for grazing over the weekend papers.
Prahran breakfast staple Tall Timber has also come to the breakfast board party. Their version teams a dukkah poached egg on pumpkin loaf with hummus and smashed avo, muesli with berry yoghurt and seasonal fruit, and a small OJ to wash it down.
Melbourne café, Sardi’s breakfast board really nails the sweet to savoury ratio. Think granola parfait, croissant with rhubarb jam, pea and haloumi fritter with a poached egg and a cup of Joe.
CBD breakfast (lunch and dinner) fave Cumulus Inc. keeps it simple with a board boasting boiled egg, toast, preserves, yoghurt, organic OJ and coffee or tea. What more could you want
Grub Food Van
Grab your breakfast board from Moor Street’s very own airstream eatery, Grub Food Van, where you can plonk yourself at a sunny outside table. As you munch on gypsy ham, cheddar, boiled egg, avocado and a pot of bircher, all your ordering angst will melt away.
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Image credit: Industry Beans