With a name like breakfast thieves, how could we go wrong? What had they stolen, we’re not sure, but what we can tell you is that you’ll find this lovely venue at the corner of Gore and Rose Street amongst picturesque Fitzroy. The cafe was relatively small with some larger communal tables inside as well as smaller tables around the outside of the room. Breakfast Thieves is good at bringing the outside in, windows all around draw in light and make the tables out the front of the cafe even more inviting.
We started our meal with coffees, our order was taken straight away and we were given a menu to peruse. Breakfast Thieves serve up a Reuben Hills brew. It was creamy and sweet, tasty but not overly strong. Our first choice was ‘The Legend’, a baked egg dish that’s a little different. Too many Cafes think a baked eggs dish is just about egg and tomato. Breakfast Thieves knows that it’s not – it’s about building a complex mix of flavours from the base up to make something extraordinary. The little things make the difference; the herbed and garlic toast, the sprinkling of feta and mix of veggies and chorizo – that’s what makes this dish such a winner.
We also tried the Geisha & French Affair, a similarly very different French toast. Some places make very simple French toasts, others make very complex and unique dishes, this is the latter. There’s a time and a place for both types, sometimes I’m craving a simple brioche, mascarpone and fresh strawberry affair, and other times the urge for a fine dining dessert for breakfast wins out.
The Geisha & French Affair combined a French toast with a raspberry coulis, black sesame paste, a white chocolate and matcha mousse , saffron poached pear, candied bacon and topped off with edible flowers. It was a complex combination with lots of different flavours happening but somehow it really worked. It wasn’t overly sweet, perfectly balanced with an elegant sufficiency of each element to get the right amount of everything in each bite.
Breakfast Thieves bring unique and delicious breakfasts to the heart of Fitzroy!