Regional Victoria is a beautiful place. The natural environment is both stunning in its beauty and devastating in its harshness and sometimes all in the same breath. When the opportunity arose to visit for a weekend we did so without hesitation. Wanting to know the best place for breakfast (we’re foodies wherever we find ourselves) we asked a former resident for a recommendation and ended up at Noble Monks. In a big and lovely converted warehouse, Noble Monks is a cafe that has the look of Melbourne but the relaxed vibe of a country town. The tall ceilings and space between tables mean you never feel rushed or crushed by the brunch crowd. We started by ordering coffee, finding the staff friendly and laid back but still prompt in their service. The menu has the usual kind of breakfast dishes, with enough choices to keep everyone happy and some interesting choices. We started with delicious coffees, roasted by a local. We were impressed by the creamy texture and richness of the brew. We started our meal with pancakes. A simple dish with caramel sauce, fresh banana and a scoop of a classic vanilla ice cream. The pancakes were served golden brown, hot, large and cooked through. Sure this was a simple dish, but the flavours were all there and it was well executed. Next up was the Eggs Benedict. It was a good size, served with two well poached eggs and shaved ham. While simple, it had what you want in an Eggs Benedict, was well executed and a tasty combination of flavours.
After a relaxing and sojourn to Noble Monks, we went on our way but would be happy to visit again if we were back in the region!