Brunch is one of my favourite meals of the day – considering there are only generally three meals, the others come in as a close second and third! I mentioned to a colleague that my next post is about brunch and they asked me “what exactly is brunch? “ So I thought about it and defined it as what the word brunch means to me. It is quite simply a meal that is eaten at that tender time between breakfast and lunch that replaces both these meals. I think the reason why I am so fond of brunch is that it is typically enjoyed on a weekend or day off work, when you have had a lazy lay in and not having had the mad morning rush for breakfast on a work day or a lunch squeezed into a break at work. It’s a leisurely social meal that is often enjoyed with great company although I am not opposed to “brunching it” on my own too.
This post takes a look at just some of my favourite places to brunch in Melbourne. I also have a few fond favourites in Wellington too and admittedly it took me a while to get used to the cafés here that allowed me to let go of the favourites back home. Having said this I have brunched at many places in Melbourne because of course its my favourite meal - there are too many to name. This shortlist is the ones I have frequented multiple times. I figure, in a city with so much food on offer, if you visit a place more than once, it has got to be good.
1. The Hardware Societe
As well as the food, the coffee is also great and if they have not run out, is accompanied with a delicious mini donut. It has one of those menus where you want to keep coming back to make your way through it! Here are some of the most delicious meals I have had within the French inspired décor of this bustling café.
|'Croque Madam' Smoked Salmon, gruyere, horseradish creme fraiche and fried duck egg - consistently good.|
|'Scrambled eggs' with persian feta and a baguette with ham and beetroot - satisfyingly good.|
|'The Special' Fried brioche topped with strawberries and marscapone - overly indulgent!|
2. Miss Marmalade
There is nothing like finding a local café that ticks all the boxes. Miss Marmalade certainly does that, with a cosy atmosphere, friendly service and seriously good food, this café does not only tick the brunch box but has the added bonus of being local. With a menu that has many choices, Miss Marmalade will have something to satisfy many appetites. The only downside for me is the coffee. Perhaps I am just not of fan of 5 Senses coffee but unfortunately the coffee here does not fulfil my coffee taste buds.
3. Kitschen Pantry
In the northern suburb of Thornbury, Kitschen Pantry is a hidden treasure. This is where Urbanspoon comes in and beauty of this app is that you can search for nearby food places. So one weekend when we were traipsing through Thornbury, Urbanspoon pointed me in the direction of the Kitschen Pantry. The cutest little suburban café you’d find. It also sells a few things and grows its own herbs and vegetables. And the food, it never disappoints. It is deliciously satisfying.
The special I had there once was certainly special - first picture below. It was ‘Beetroot Soaked Salmon with Danish potato salad, watercress, wild roquette & Salmon Roe’. For $19 it was worth every cent. The drinks available are also great. The milkshakes are made with natural flavours.
4. Mixed Business
Further south in Northcote/Fitzroy North, Mixed Business is a bustling café with both indoor and outdoor seating available. The food here is again amazing. The only fault with this place is I had to ask the waiter what it was called. I could not see any signs of the name and it didn’t seem to be on the menu either! Anyhow the dishes below is what I have tried in this busy cafe:
|'Gingerbread waffles with poached apples and ice cream' - unusual for the first meal of the day but certainly delicious!|
|'Avocado on toast with a side of feta' - simple but satisfying.|
|'Poached eggs on toast with homemade backed beans and gruyere - added pork belly'|
5. Le Miel et le Lune
|'Brioche French Toast with butterscotch banana, bacon and maple syrup' - a very kiwi combination.|
|'Crushed Avocado with Meredith feta, snow pea sprouts and semi-dried tomato salad with tabasco dressing on Zeally Bay Toast'|
|'Sweet Corn Fritter served with bacon, crushed avocado, red onion, coriander, chilli, sour cream and tomato relish.'|
Here are some of the dishes I have tried:
|'Crispy potato rosti with homemade harissa, rocket and a fried egg + surmac creme fraiche'|
|'Batches' avocado and feta mash on sourdough'|
|'Potato and Spinach hash with cornichons and a poached egg'|
|The famours 'Corn Fritters' with cherry tomato, avocado, feta and coriander salad|
Last but by no means least, to finish this post is the latest find, merely around the corner on bustling Sydney Road in Brunswick, Green Refectory has an awesome brunch menu, hearty cabinet food and if you feel like something sweet, the cakes cannot be ignored. Pictured here is the breakfast stack with a potato hash type base, grilled halumi, wilted spinach and herbs, crispy bacon and topped off with a poached egg is an amazing meal to satisfy any brunch hunger.
So there you have it, a few of my favourite places to brunch in Melbourne. There are so many more places to try as we all are absolutely spoilt for choice. Urbanspoon always helps with the decision, as the high ratings have never failed me. It is a great to be able to use Urbanspoon - a reliable source for providing food advice. After all, in a city with so much choice, it is best to not be disappointed when eating out is always a luxury.