While you’ve been isolating, Melbourne CBD has had some serious work done. Take a stroll up to the Parliament end of Collins Street and you’ll find a luxe new precinct called 80 Collins that’s dotted with top-shelf diners, eateries and premium retailers. Many are still in the works, but the charming coffee hub + brunch spot, Maverick, has already opened its doors to the city centre.
The CBD is home to some stiff competition on the caffeine front, but Maverick’s pedigree holds up with Adam and Elisa Mariani of Richmond’s Mayday Coffee at the helm. They’ve also nabbed chef Eugene Yap (previously Kettle Black and The Smith) to take care of the kitchen.
If you’ve been to Mayday, you’ll be aware of the heavy ties to Axil Coffee Roasters, which extends into the beans used at Maverick, too. If you’re planning to sit in for a feed, Yap’s modern-Aus brunch menu should satiate any cravings for those classic pre-3pm dishes. There are also several exciting curveballs like a signature eggs benny with house-cured pastrami, smoked curd and vincotto.
The space holds 65 seats, and has been created by Pitch: Architecture + Design. You’ll find a stunning terrazzo bar as the venue’s showcase, while organic textures contrast the restrained interior.
Should the 9 to 5 be taking its toll in the offices above, Maverick also hold a booze licence. Take a look at the selection of local wines and beers should a coffee not cut it.
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