If you haven’t caught on yet, here at The Urban List we ADORE Melbourne. From our pretentious coffee orders to greasy burgers, and paleo cafes to ridiculous weekend events—there are so many things always opening (cough cafes), and it can be a real workout to keep up. Well, we’ve done the hard brunch yards for you—here are the best 2016 Melbourne breakfasts you should visit this weekend!
If it’s brunch in the ‘burbs you’re searching for, look towards Mr Wednesday. Rustically cosy with a seasonal brekkie menu packed with flavour, try Mr Wednesday’s insanely handsome vanilla, coconut and passionfruit chia seed pudding.
Denis The Menace
Nestled in a bright, open interior featuring timber finishes and rich greenery, Denis the Menace’s space is as soft on the eye as its menu. Fishy lovers: don’t go past the Something Fishy Is Going On Here, with garden pea puree, asparagus, avo, steamed spinach, crispy red kale, hot smoked trout and a poached egg. Here’s to healthy happiness!
El Atino & Co
Richmond’s El Atino & Co plays with some kick-ass flavours, so if you’re not prepared for an early morning punch of spice, you’d better leave now. Their Mexican Drowned Eggs baked in Ranchero Salsa with house made longanisa, creamy goat cheese and frijoles charros is served with toast. It’ll leave you dreaming of Mexico.
Boasting one of the most creative brunch menus we’ve seen (and believe us when we say we’ve seen a hella lot of brunch menus), Armadale’s Mammoth is a must for any brunch aficionado. Get the Lobster Donut Burger with green mango and papaya slaw, cucumber jam and siracha kimpi mayo. ‘Cause it’s never too early for donuts, or lobster, or getting your face dirty.
If you thought a café boxed into a shipping container couldn’t be any good, you have underestimated Melbourne, my friend. Boasting a seamless outdoor and airy indoor space, Rudimentary is one of the best looking cafes in Footscray. Our choice? The Bacon Steak (self-explanatory) with black beans, avocado puree and pico de gallo. #getready!
Compact, light and awfully homely, West Footscray’s newest little brother serves a killer brunch. Order Brother Nancy's Green Eggs & Ham with pork belly, poached eggs, green pea puree, pulled pork and apple croquette. It’s leaps ahead of the Dr Seuss version.
Offering an Asian-inspired menu filled with creative touches and darn good meals, Baba Sus is the latest Melbourne café to impress. If you walk away without trying their Hong Kong Eggs Waffles with vanilla custard, berry compote, green tea ice cream and pistachio praline, we’ll be very SUSpicious about the integrity of your inner foodie.
The Vertue of the Coffee Drink
With one of the most stunning, warm interiors in Melbourne (can I steal one of those geometric lights please please PLEASE?), The Vertue of the Coffee Drink team have been busy creating some hard-core foodporn. The pick of the bunch (brunch?) is the Brioche French Toast with strawberry, pistachio praline mascarpone, strawberry coulis, maple syrup and mint. Stop drooling and go.
Known as a miniature dessert heaven in Melbourne, Om Nom have recently introduced a brand, spanking new breakfast menu. Make room for breakfast before your cake, you definitely need a piece of this. Think Mixed Berry Hotcakes with passionfruit curd, maple syrup and mascarpone… OM NOM.
Tucked away in an old train station (hence, the name), Glovers Station serves food that is unashamedly rich and packed with flavour. We’d fit everything (literally everything) into our stomachs if we could, but if you must pick just one meal go for the smoked beef and bean cassoulet, sourdough, white bean puree, potato and corn crunch.
Archie’s All Day
This all-day diner is a killer spot for a late-night snack, but if you’re feeling a bit classier than that, try Archie’s crispy poached eggs, daikon kim-chi, edamame, enoki mushrooms and sesame dressing with sourdough toast for a Melbourne brunch with a twist!
Square and Compass
Making their rounds on Instagram this year, Square and Compass has put East Melbourne on every foodie’s food map. Their red chilli scrambled eggs with bacon, parmesan, spring onion, parsley and toast may ruin homemade eggs for you forever. You’ve been warned.
A stone’s throw away from Sandy beach, bring your ravenous appetite and your beach hair to Bluff Town. We can never go past their stuffed crepes with orange, cinnamon ricotta, raisins, honeycomb and pistachio. No, we won’t be sharing this time either.
A sliver of a café in St Kilda, Finn Café has been making waves in St Kilda (for a very tasty reason). For once you can have your cake and eat it too with Finn Café’s Breakfast Board—a selection of granola, boiled egg, beetroot hummus, tomato salad, salmon, mixed milk feta cheese, duck rillette and a baguette. Might as well go for a muffin for dessert too.
This is the nicest kitty you’re ever going to meet. Kitty Burns’ smoked pea and garden mint pannacotta with a 63/63 egg, bacon crumbs, pea shoots, potato popcorn, house cured seared salmon and toast is decadent, delicious and unbelievably nutritious. Tick, tick, boom!
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