Melbourne is renowned for many things – four seasons in one day, almost every citizen’s preference for the colour black, vivid laneways and amazing coffee to name a few, but it’s our Brunch game that, in my opinion, seriously puts Melbourne on the map.
Whilst there are a plethora of trendy cafes located left all over suburbia, I have three distinct faves that are my go-tos to subside those ten o-clock hunger pangs.
- Entrecote, South Yarra.
Located directly opposite the leafy and lush Botanical Gardens, Entrecôte is a little slice of Paris in South Yarra. Situated inside a beautiful white Terrace house, the romantic and oh-so-french vibes of the cafe/restaurant surround you as soon as you step foot inside. The menu is decidedly French, with my brunch favourite being the humble croissant that comes laden with your choice of either perfectly melty Gruyere, ham and bechamel, or boutique pots of jam and French salted butter. Other menu favourites include the Brioche French Toast with lemon curd ice cream, caramel spiced poached pear and buttered almonds as well as the Golden Folded Eggs stuffed with French chèvre, soft herbs on grain toast. Entrecote South Yarra is definitely a must for those mornings where only the rich, homely flavours will satisfy.
2. Penta, Elsternwick
A favourite of foodies and instagrammers alike, Penta Elsternwick’s minimalist, scandinavian aesthetic beautifully contrasts their vividly vibrant menu options. If, like me, you have more than a few sweet teeth, sink them into the Nutella Pannacotta for the ulimate in sugary sweet brunch goodness. The perfect wobbly pannacotta is complimented with torched marshmallows, honeyjoy crumb, fresh berries and banana, and pomegranate mollasses. For those on a health kick but still wanting brunch packing a flavour punch, try the Breakfast Bowl. A poached egg sits perched atop a bowl of quinoa, avocado, kale, halloumi, cherry tomato, smoked yoghurt and pita chips. YUM.
3. The Diplomat, Highett
The high ceilings and modern, light filled fit-out bursting with greenery of the Diplomat puts you in a good mood for some good food as soon as you step through the doors. A popular haunt for locals and brunch travellers alike, arrive as early as possible (open from 6:30 am) to secure a table without a wait. Currently on the specials menu, the Vanilla Waffles are my pick of the brunch food to order. Consisting of vanilla waffle with Nutella mascarpone, banana, berries, nut crumb and a tim tam chocolate, this is another sweet treat that will satisfying all of the cravings. The savoury option to choose? Definitely the slow cooked sticky beef short rib with a chilli coconut sambal, pickled vegetables, peanuts and bahn bao to wrap it all up. Yes it may be constantly busy, but the brunch the diplomat serves makes it worth the wait.
What are your favourite brunch go-tos? Be it Melbourne or elsewhere! I’d love to hear/try them.