July 12, 2017Posted by Bethany Larson Bloch
Brunch fare is practically synonymous with Melbourne, and no matter what the weather looks like outside, cafés fill the minute day breaks. Whether it’s an antioxidant-packed açaí bowl, chili scrambled eggs or breakfast salad, you name it, we’ve got it.
At BAWA Café‘s tropical oasis, it’s not surprise to find young families parked outside on weekends waiting for a table. Order the potato rostï with braised pork, eggs and a bright green herb hollandaise for a hearty meal, or the Californian superfood salad – which is packed with goodness like quinoa, kale, charred corn, salted ricotta, black turtle beans, goji berries and spicy lime vinaigrette – if you’re on a health kick.
Addict Food & Coffee is an institution in Fitzroy. The coconut chia pudding topped with rhubarb, macadamia, fresh strawberries and white chocolate is summery and light. Otherwise, go for the crowd-pleasing corn fritters with Halloumi and poached eggs. Bonus: there are vegan and gluten-free options.
You might have seen Top Paddock‘s generous blueberry and ricotta hotcake all over Instagram. Drizzled in maple syrup and topped with berries, seeds and cream, this thick, fluffy cake is a refined version of your childhood breakfast and is good for sharing. Coffees come with single-origin options and all of the ingredients are sourced from organic suppliers in Australia.
If you’re down the Spencer Street end of the CBD, check in at Grain Store. In the kitchen, head chef Ingo Meissner combines his love for traditional European fare with modern techniques and fresh produce. Try the buttermilk brioche French toast – served with a selection of fruit, tiramisu and pistachio, it brings a sensational hit of sweetness and acidity.
The yummiest eggs Benedict in Melbourne are found at rustic Tall Timber. The eggs are poached to runny perfection and served with a slab of slow-cooked pork shoulder, Champagne-poached apple, maple bacon and apple cider hollandaise. Carnivores are certainly in for a real treat.
The HUNT Melbourne Writer: Amelia Chia is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in international publications including Harper’s BAZAAR, Elle, Buro 24/7 Singapore and The Collective. When not burying her nose behind a laptop or keeping up with social media trends, she can be found indulging in one of her four main interests – fashion, beauty, food and travel.
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