Why waste breakfast on smashed avocado when you can have red velvet pancakes? For dedicated foodies who have sugar for breakfast, lunch and dinner, we’ve rounded up Melbourne’s best dessert for breakfast dishes!
Eton Mess at White Mojo
Between geometric marble bench tops and stylish pale timber, White Mojo is serving one of the cheekiest brunch dishes in Melbourne. Excellent starts to the morning don’t get much better than White Mojo’s barbie pink Eton Mess, made with organic natural yoghurt, seasonal berries, freeze dried berries, strawberry gel, spice meringue, and coconut gel.
Cherry Lamington Pancake at Mammoth
Challenging Melbourne’s smashed avocado-norms, Armadale’s Mammoth has become a destination for any self-indulgent foodie. Wedged into a corner of Malvern Road, skip past their beckoning lobster burgers and Instagrammable chia pudding and go for the so-fluffy-you’ll-die cherry lamington puffed pancake. Served with coconut crunch, cherry jam, and dark chocolate ice cream, you can happily wave those dieting plans goodbye.
Winter French Toast at Hendricks Café
Mordialloc may not be a destination for many things, but much-loved local Hendricks Café is more than worth the trip south. True to its name, the Winter French Toast is an indulgent combination of walnut crusted brioche with quince, port mascarpone, chocolate soil, and a generous puff of fairy floss. You can’t possibly go wrong.
Churros at Brother Nancy
A humble hidey-hole in West Footscray, Brother Nancy’s spacious, pared-back space beckons locals inside. Between toast and avocado tartare, they offer churros served with chocolate sauce, raspberry foam and vanilla ice-cream from 8am. It’s on the brunch menu, so it’s obviously an acceptable morning choice for an adult. Obviously.
Pavlova Chia Pudding at Barry
Barry’s light-filled, smart interior is the perfect backdrop for enjoying fresh, healthy dishes that leave no flavour behind. The pavlova chia pudding, topped with an eye-pleasing assortment of kiwi, mango, strawberry, passionfruit and meringue shards, is the ideal naughty ‘n nice start to any morning.
Brûlée French Toast at Auction Rooms
One of Melbourne’s most gorgeous cafes isn’t just a pretty face. Between rustic open-brick walls and exposed industrial beams, chow on Auction Rooms’ moreish Brûlée French Toast with tangy passionfruit labné, glazed strawberries, macadamia crumble and white chocolate ganache. This is the stuff of crunchy, creamy, bruch-ing dreams.
Citrus Cream Gingerbread at Code Black Coffee
It’s always Christmas with Code Black Coffee. Serving addictively festive citrus cream cheese filled gingerbread with spiced stone fruit, candied walnuts, star anise, cinnamon and vanilla syrup everyday of the year, this gingerbread was made to be eaten and not shared. Brace yourself for your friend’s food envy.
Caramelised Banana Bread at Touchwood
Proving that the best things in life aren’t free, Touchwood’s banana bread is served with macadamia, crème fraîche, and salted caramel. Salted caramel and banana bread. Banana bread and salted caramel. Because your winter diet is (obviously) going out the window, you might as well order the Caramello smoothie with banana, peanut butter, mesquite, cacao, and chocolate almond milk to top it off.
‘Cherry Ripe’ Coconut Milk Yoghurt at Ascot Food Store
Ascot Food Store’s ‘Cherry Ripe’ Coconut Milk Yoghurt is giving the original a run for its money. A mouth-watering blend of Hunter Co granola, berries, vanilla fairy floss, coconut powder and cherry cacao, you’ll adore this delectably light version of your favourite chocolate bar. Or, if you’re a hard-core sweet tooth, ignore the haters and order the Strawberries & Cream dessert for breakfast.
Red Velvet Pancakes at Muharam Café
Much-adored Muharam Café is where diets go to die in the most spectacular fashion. Between foodgasmic freakshakes loaded with caramel, chocolate and/or doughnuts, you can’t go past their pillowy red velvet pancakes topped with cream cheese, strawberries and warm, rich chocolate. Yes, it’s pretty much a breakfast red velvet cake.
Ferrero Rocher Chocolate Waffles at Axil Coffee Roasters
There’s plenty to tempt you at Axil Coffee Roasters between panko crumbed eggs and passionfruit sorbet — but, trust us, order the Ferrero Rocher chocolate waffles and you’ll be in chocolate-covered heaven. With hazelnut parfait, toasted hazelnuts, crushed wafer biscuits and Gianduja chocolate curls, this is one of our favourite treat-turned-brunch dishes in Melbourne.
Buttermilk Tim Tam Pancakes at Long Story Short
Long story short, if you haven’t tried the Pepe Saya buttermilk Tim Tam pancakes at Long Story Short, you haven’t lived! Served with poached nashis, vanilla peanuts, chocolate soup (yes, there is that much), chocolate cripsies, mascarpone and Tim Tam gelato, this is the kind of breakfast you dreamed for as a child and eat everyday as an adult.
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