Monroe

closed
189 Bridge Rd
Richmond , 3121 VIC
(03) 9428 8929


Opening Hours

SUN 8:00am - 4:00pm
MON 7:00am - 4:00pm
TUE 7:00am - 4:00pm
WED 7:00am - 4:00pm
THU 7:00am - 4:00pm
FRI 7:00am - 4:00pm
SAT 8:00am - 4:00pm

The Details

Cuisine
  • Modern Australian
Need to Know
  • Gluten-Free
  • Good for Groups
  • Healthy Options
  • Outdoor Seating
Serving
  • Coffee
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Take Away

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The Verdict

You could blink and miss Monroe. The signage on Bridge Rd is pretty demure, sandwiched between a bunch of fashion clearance outlets. But there’s no misunderstanding once you’re inside—this place is a kick-ass, matt black uber-luxe coffee house...with a side of pastels.

Monroe is the latest project from Melbourne’s Moussi sisters (Monique, Tash and Michelle). They’re the power team behind 30 Mill Espresso in Malvern and Trilium in South Melbourne (taking over the city, one strong latte at a time).

The experience shows. Monroe has a pretty stunning fit-out. Rippling dark marble on all the countertops. Copper and rose gold highlights, brushed concrete and a long mirror wall that runs the length of the venue. It’d seem cold without the pops of pastel pink and the greenery everywhere. And the huge smile of Beatrice Roy, the French-Canadian venue manager.

On to the food. Monroe has your 2018 brunch stalwarts. The avo and feta smash with beetroot puree, a brioche egg n’ bacon roll with chutney, and a maqui smoothie bowl with fresh fruit and pumpkin seeds.

But it’s the banana roti that’s got us excited: a Richmond cult classic made from crispy pan-fried roti, gooey bananas, biscuit crumb and strawberries. This thing is one of the best breakfasts we’ve eaten all year.

Round out your brunch with a house blend roast, or maybe a Proud Mary single origin from Guatemala. They’re also slinging a batch brew and cold drip, if the standard latte isn’t quite hitting the spot.

All in all an epic addition to the Richmond brunch scene. If you live anywhere near Bridge Rd, add this to the Sunday hit list. 

Image credit: Jenna Fahey-White 


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