While I might have lofty ambitions of breakfasting on all seven continents, my bank balance can only just about cover the average Melbourne brunch and an Uber to the other side of town. So, without further ado, here are Melbourne’s Best Round-The-World Brunches, Part 2.
Missed Part 1? Check it out here.
Borsch, Vodka And Tears, Windsor
The Polish brekkie at Windsor café and bar, Borsch, Vodka and Tears isn’t for the feint-hearted or small-stomached. Combining Polish style skinless sausages and potato blintz (a small baked pancake) with all the trimmings, it’s a cracking feed, especially if you have had a late night the night before.
La Café on Nelson, Balaclava
La Café’s Israeli inspired menu fuses modern breakfast with spices and traditional dishes from their Middle Eastern motherland. You’ll be grazing on Israeli salads, breads, baked eggs and dips—and there’s even a salmon bagel for that annoying mate who doesn’t touch ‘world’ foods. Too easy.
Middle Eastern Fusion
While we love a dish that’s plucked right from a far-flung land, we’re also big fans of fusion brunches—especially when it comes to Middle Eastern flavours. Here are our top three picks:
Coco & Thyme, North Fitzroy
A newcomer to the northside, Coco & Thyme serves some incredibly creative brunch dishes, borrowing from a variety of different cultures. The big winners in our opinion are the Forbidden Rice—greens served with black rice, roasted root vegetables, toasted almonds and a poached egg—and the Breakfast Thyme of zataar flatbread topped with a fried egg, mint, tomatoes and a cacophony of spices. Yes please!
Phat Milk, Travancore
After discovering that Travancore was a suburb in Melbourne that I could cycle to in 20 mins (duuuhhhh), Phat Milk has become one of my favourite Middle Eastern brunch spots. If you’re keen on sweet dishes, the mastic ice-cream and Persian fairy floss topped hotcakes will set you up on a sugar high for the rest of the day, or if you prefer a savoury stsrt to the day, go for the Middle Eastern scrambled eggs with falafel, labne and hummus.
Chez Dre, South Melbourne
If luxe French cuisine (and by cuisine, we really mean cakes) is your bag, then brunching at South Melbourne institution Chez Dre simply must be on your must-do list. The decadent laneway venue makes some of the most delicious baguettes and pastries in Melbourne. What’s that, you’d recommend a pain au chocolat to follow up my brioche French toast? Don’t mind if I do.
La Niche, Fitzroy
Fitzroy’s La Niche is one of the cutest cafes on Smith Street’s busy strip. Its petite venue is always buzzing with music and chatter, and its brunches range from croquet monsieurs to all the croissants you can handle.
Galettes, crepes and a bona fide café au lait: Breizoz, you’ve well and truly transported me back to Brittany. If you like no-frills French brunches that concentrate on quality ingredients and a welcoming smile, make like Amelie and book your next brunch here.
Top Paddock, Richmond
I know what you’re thinking: “If Top Paddock’s a Spanish eatery, I’m the Queen of England!” But hear me out... Have you ever tried the white anchovy, jamon Serrano and pardon peppers on toast? This drool-worthy dish is one of the best incarnations of Spain to be found in the three thousands—an international brunch you won’t forget in a hurry!
Turkish twists on pizzas and flatbreads stuffed with breakfast goodies, a claypot crammed full of fetta, eggs and chilli, juicy sucuk sausage… It has to be Lezzet. This southside restaurant is open from 10am at the weekend for your every brunch need.
Nord Café, St Kilda
Nowhere does a traditional Swedish breakfast platter quite like Nord Café. The blink-and-you’ll-miss-it venue is tucked away on the southern end of Chapel Street, but once you’ve spotted it, we can guarantee you’ll be back for smoked fish on rye, meatball and prawn sandwiches, and all manner of Swedish baked delights.
If you love African flavours, Konjo in Footscray is an absolute must. From rich Ethiopian coffee to delicious traditional vegetarian and meat stews, you won’t find a better taste of Eastern African in Melbourne.
Pavlov’s Duck, Fitzroy
Last but certainly not least, Sri Lankan breakfasts in Melbourne don’t get better than roti, sticky rice and fresh fish cakes at Pavlov’s Duck. If you’re in need of a light brunch, the Lankan Frenchy—a croissant stuffed with chilli potatoes, tabouli and a soft boiled egg—is just enough, however we ALWAYS end up ordering a bigger feed. Try the hoppers (traditional pancakes) served with dahl and coconut sambol, and we can guarantee you won’t regret it.
Image credit: Coco & Thyme by Gareth Sobey for The Urban List
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