All posts filed under: Breakfast

Kitty Burns / Abbotsford

Hidden away near the river and behind some flashy new apartments is the new cafe Kitty Burns. We dropped in for breakfast before heading to IKEA for furniture buying and 500 Days of Summer re-enacting. Designed by Biasol: Design Studio, the fit out is truly stunning. It’s fully formed and realised, an Odyssey of aqua, copper, white and wood. It’s not surprising that since our visit they’ve won the International Restaurant & Bar Design Award for Best International Cafe Design. Like the cafe itself the menu arrived fully formed, despite being a recent opening. Our first choice was the theatrical smoked salmon. The smoke billowing out as you opened the lid created a real stir. Along with the salmon was a slow cooked egg, and bacon crumb on top of a pea panna cotta. While initially set the panna cotta warmed and became liquid fast. The smoke flavour was the definite highlight of this dish. Unsurprisingly we also chose something sweet. A French toast with a coffee ganache. Compressed peach and whipped maple as well …

Industry Beans / Fitzroy 

Fresh from the deconstructed coffee controversy (FYI nothing to do with them – thanks Daily Mail) and hidden away in the heart of Fitzroy is Industry Beans. They’re a combined cafe and roastery, serving up excellent coffee in an uber cool space. As the name would suggest, the space is industrial sheek. There’s raw floors and marble counter tops, but my favourite feature has to be the black tiles and white grout. We started our meal with coffee roasted in house. It’s a very strong brew with a knockout hit on the first mouthful. Our first meal was an omelette with crispy kale, bacon and pine nuts. It was well seasoned and nicely cooked. While being green and healthy it was also meaty and satisfying, a great compromise dish. We also went for the coconut crusted brioche with lime curd, coffee caviar, peanut crumb and pineapple. It was a fantastic Asian inspired combination. We loved the tartness of the curd and the nuttiness of the peanut with a light brioche. While this wasn’t a French …

Rudimentary / Footscray

Rudimentary is a cool little spot in up and coming Footscray. It was created as a community space, to turn land that wasn’t used into a hub for the people in a sustainable and innovative way. You’ll find it situated inside  three shipping containers and populated with the most fantastical swivel chairs. The cafe is polished, clean and modern, despite the retro additions (where does one even find swivel chairs these days?). We ordered our usual lattes. Small Batch coffee treated well created a creamy and rich coffee with a lovely mouthfeel. Finally the breakfast, beef brisket with egg, corn and guacamole. The brisket was nicely cooked but the dish as a whole needed more flavour, more sauce, more guacamole to bring it all together. The egg was cooked perfectly and the yolk helped by acting like a sauce. We look forward to seeing Rudimentary grow and evolve in this great part of Melbourne. Be sure to hit the follow button to keep up to date with the latest foodie goodness! You can now find me on instagram and Facebook!

Seven Seeds / Carlton South

Welcome to Seven Seeds, an edgy converted warehouse and coffee roasters located conveniently close to Melbourne Uni. The space is large, with stunning high ceilings and the kind of hipster-sheen fit out Melbournites are well accustomed to. Think wood, raw brick and raw floors. We adored the coffee at Seven Seeds, it was mellow and creamy but also rich with a sweet finish. Their menu was similarly interesting with plenty to choose from at our visit. Most intriguing though was the french toast with pumpkin custard (yes you read that correctly) mascarpone, pecan and a blueberry coulis. This wasn’t an overly sweet breakfast dish and would suit those with a savoury bent looking for something different. We loved the flakiness of the brioche and the juxtaposition of the crunchy pecan crumb with the creamy mascarpone. Don’t mess with a classic unless it’s something spectacular, fortunately this was! The warmth of the hollandaise, the creaminess, poached eggs and the chunky ham in the crispy waffle made this new take on an eggs benedict and instant classic. …

Breakfast Thieves / Fitzroy 

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 …

The Crux & Co / South Melbourne

The Crux & Co is the newest opening in South Melbourne. It’s such a beautifully curated space, full of light, sleek copper and pale pines. One of those cafes that pulls you in to take a closer look.With neighbors like Kettle Black and Bibelot – it’s in good company. Did South Melbourne need another patisserie? Maybe not – but this one has a signature unlike any other, the Crogel.The Crogel (pronounced just like it’s written and also known as a Crogle) is The Crux & Co’s newest creation, but what is it? Hybrid between bagel and croissant, the Crogel has the flaky goodness of a croissant and the shape and density of a bagel. In practice we found it to be just like a bagel shaped croissant. The buttery pastry is perfect with tangy cream cheese for breakfast. I’m not sure we would have tried the croissant and cream cheese combination otherwise! No longer must breakfast-goers choose between croissant and bagel, next time try a Crogel! Pastry aside, the Crux & Co also have specialty coffee and …

Cobb Lane / Yarraville

We have recently discovered how wonderful the Yarraville Village is. There’s so much to explore and do, while there we decided to visit Cobb Lane. It was a great spot, small but homely and with friendly and accomodating staff. We got there early to ensure we got a table, starring with coffees while waiting for the rest of our party to get there. It was definitely good we got there early, Cobb Lane got busy fast and their small amount of tables were soon full. Cobb Lane serve a Dukes espresso blend, so it’s really not surprising that it was delicious. Rich and fill flavoured with a lovely mouthfeel and a light acidity, it was exactly how we wanted to start the day. We’re really fond of fish for breakfast and we’re delighted to find a Grilled Mackeral on the menu at Cobb Lane. It came with rhubarb, ginger, horseradish creme fraiche and a slow cooked egg. It was a fresh dish, with plenty of flavour and creamy, without becoming overpowering. As you’d expect from …

Steam Junkies / Brunswick

An in-vogue Eco apartment building in Brunswick is home to surprising cafe, the raw but cool Steam Junkies. It’s next to the train line, and a very cool looking wine bar which we’ll have to return to. It’s an interesting shaped cafe, small but not overly furnished, giving the feeling of a much larger venue. The polished concrete and exposed ceiling make this cafe industrial and sheek, with a few comforting touches and a bit of colour. The menu is interesting, extensive for such a small cafe and with some specials thrown in on top. Steam Junkies serve up a Five Senses ‘Dark Horse’ blend. It’s a rich and fruity brew, tiptoeing the extraction line to get it just right. The milk though was a bit of a disappointment, it needed a bit more creaminess to get the right mouthfeel and texture.We started the meals with a Pulled Pork Eggs Benedict. It was a huge serving, a mountain of pork, topped with asparagus and a poached egg. The pork was wonderfully spiced but tended to overwhelm the …

Mile End Bagel / Fitzroy

 Mile End Bagel is one of those cool places you hear about and instantly want to visit. While the inside is very new, the outside is edgy and run down, disguising the true bagel-y goodness that hides within this Johnson St cafe!    There’s a lot of white, a clean and raw fit out, accented by soft pines and offering a look into the bagel making process. Mile End even have a great couple of guys behind the counter. Those familiar with Standing Room Only in the CBD will be gleeful when they realize that not only is there bagels, there’s specialty coffee too! We had a look at the menu and opted to dine in, first placing our order at the counter. There were ten options to choose from – not just a simple cream cheese on a sesame bagel (though they have that too!). As expected, the coffee at Mile End Bagel was delicious. The lattes were smooth, creamy, light and a touch sweet. Everything you could want in a morning brew. The only downside is …

Noble Monks / Shepparton 

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 …