It’s the magical midday time vacuum when one side of your table is resolutely digging into poached eggs, while the other side crunches into chicken sandwiches. Brunch is a lot like having pizza for breakfast: bizarrely acceptable, and extremely satisfying.
Melbourne is swarming with smashed avo - so to start off our brunch beginners (a rare breed of foodie nowadays) we thought we’d go with something different. Here is Melbourne’s must-do brunch hit list.
1. Addict Food and Coffee, Fitzroy
Serving brunch in a sun-filled corner of Johnston Street, get addicted to Addict Food and Coffee’s crispy corn fritters with kasundi, haloumi and poached eggs.
2. Barry, Northcote
It’s easy to be naughty at nice healthy-eating café Barry with their Instagram-loving Pavlova chia pudding with kiwi, mango, strawberry, passionfruit and meringue.
3. A Minor Place, Brunswick
Talk to us about Brunswick local A Minor Place and we’ll be AWOL for a few moments while we reminiscent about their rich, creamy breakfast Quesadilla with spicy paprika, red kidney beans, mushroom and cheese tortilla served on avocado cream cheese with corn salsa.
4. Mammoth, Armadale
The savoury-sweet lobster donut combination had most of Melbourne rushing towards Armadale for Mammoth’s innovative dishes. But we’re a bit smitten with The Benedict with duck sausage, orange and corn blini, pickled onion, fried egg and smoked maple hollandaise.
5. Mr Wednesday, Fairfield
Mr Wednesday’s cheekily named avo-lanche is by no means, an exaggeration. This mini mountain of smashed avo is served with sourdough toast and whipped beetroot, goats curd, heirloom beetroot, raw spinach and lemon.
6. Rudimentary, Footscray
Rudimentary’s menu is as short and sweet as its shipping container-shaped home. Never one to refuse bacon, order a bacon steak with black beans, avocado puree and pico de gallo to be shipped fresh from the kitchen to your table.
7. Glovers Station, Elsternwick
Next stop: brunchville. Putting Elsternwick on the map for rich, polished brunch dishes, Glovers Station’s poached ocean trout with quinoa, kale, goji berries, broccoli salad, avocado puree and a poached egg is unfairly delicious for your daily serving of veg.
8. The Vertue Of The Coffee Drink, Carlton
Did someone say blueberry buttermilk hotcakes with honeycomb butter, pancetta, maple syrup and blueberry rosemary coulis? Thanks Vertue Of The Coffee Drink, there go any lingering diet dreams.
9. Square and Compass, East Melbourne
Stock up on waffles for the coming winter. Square and Compass’ ginger and rhubarb waffle with vanilla crème, ginger snaps and toasted coconut is as good as they come.
10. Ascot Food Store, Moonee Ponds
Because a hit list wouldn’t be right without a lashing of hollandaise sauce (or in this case Bearnaise), head to Moonee Ponds for Ascot Food Store’s Benedict with poached eggs, shaved pork belly, English muffins and béarnaise.
11. The Duchess of Spotswood, Spotswood
With buttery sourdough toast, potato hash brown, mushroom, stilton cheese and poached eggs – The Duchess of Spotswood’s dish is flavoursome, creamy and healthy (enough).
12. Tall Timber, Prahran
Thankfully for the brunch-indecisive and diner stress heads, there’s Tall Timber’s Breakfast Board. Served with a dukkah poached egg on pumpkin loaf, hummus, smashed avo, museli with berry yoghurt, seasonal fruit and an OJ – it’s all your favourites in one.
13. Muharam Café, Hawthorn
Whoever thought of stuffing a smoothie into a bowl was clearly gifted. Muharam Café’s Pittaya Smoothie Bowl with seasonal fruit, coconut and chia seeds is next level.
14. Axil Coffee Roasters, Hawthorn
As you may have inferred, it’s mostly about coffee at Axil Coffee Roasters. But if your cappuccino needs a buddy, the crab cakes with asparagus, poached eggs, chive hollandaise and pea foliage is a fine companion.
15. Hardware Societe, Melbourne
Simple and delicious until the last spoonful (it won’t take very long), you’ll definitely want to mop up Hardware Societe’s baked eggs with piquillo pimientos, thyme, Jerusalem artichoke puree and triple cream brie.
16. Cumulus Inc, Melbourne
Shakshouka – a one-pot Tunisian dish that is deceptively difficult to do well. Luckily, Cumulus Inc has the method down pat, serving their Shakshouka with baked eggs, roasted peppers and shanklish.
17. Kitty Burns, Abbotsford
Melbourne’s obsession with jars has reached new heights. Abbotsford’s Kitty Burns serves their smoked pea and garden mint pannacotta, 63/63 egg, bacon crumbs, pea shoots, potato popcorn and house cured salmon with toast in an irresistible, neatly stacked jar. Jars must make everything taste better.
18. Top Paddock, Richmond
Fish for breakfast has never sounded more appealing than at Richmond favourite Top Paddock. The gin (alcohol too, you guys are on a roll) and lime cured ocean trout fillet with pickled baby beetroots, potato galette, poached eggs, leaves, goats curd and toast will ruin seafood-free brunches forever.
19. The Kettle Black, South Melbourne
Praised as one of Melbourne’s best-designed cafes, The Kettle Black brings refined, upmarket brunch to South Melbourne – like chilli scrambled eggs with cured Flinders Island wallaby, feta and leaves.
20. Code Black Coffee, Brunswick
Code Black Coffee’s interior might consist of sleek, monochrome colours, but their food is far from one-dimensional. Take their bircher with coconut soaked organic oats, apple, pear, coyo yoghurt, grilled white peach, pistachio crumb and coconut nectar.
Image credit: Glovers Station, AddictFood and Coffee, Barry, Mammoth & The Kettle Black, all Simn Shiff for The Urban List except Mammoth, Jenna Fahey White for The Urban List
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