I don't often eat brunch - ironic for a foodie of Melbourne right? But I often plan food around my other weekend activities, thus I don't often venture to the city on weekends. The Grain Store has been on my radar for a while and I finally made it down thanks to a voucher that I won from Livlicious.
Often some places treat you differently when you have a voucher, but the service here was swift and smooth even though we came quite late in the day for brunch. We started off with some lattes - with some not bad latte art. They were quite good, but not mind blowing. That's what is so special about Melbourne though - a good coffee in Melbourne could easily beat coffee anywhere else.
I've walked past many times but now I finally got to feel the atmosphere indoors. The dim lighting gives the place a peaceful warmth and an atmosphere that is not overly loud as some places are - so you can definitely have a nice catchup with a friend here and a chat.
I always enjoy brunch menus that are a little different, as there are so many places in Melbourne, there’s only so many times you can order avocado on toast or Eggs Benedict.
Thus I went for the chorizo and manchego croquettes, black pudding, fried duck egg, carrot jam, apple slaw and maple bacon jus ($17). These dishes do not look overly big, but because it’s so full of flavour the food is much more filling than it looks.
The black pudding tasted similar to a herby sausage, whilst the croquettes were lightly crunchy on the outside.
Meanwhile my mushroom-loving friend ordered the portobello mushroom & gruyere potato rosti, poached eggs, hazelnut hollandaise, root chips ($19).
Gruyere is of course a cheese, hence the rosti had a stronger taste compared to the usual.
My friend also ordered a side of smoked salmon, which she found a little cold.
We also fit in a little dessert of lavender creme brulee with pistachio biscuit ($10). The addition of a biscuit worked well with the citrus flavours, like the base of a lemon cheesecake.
Overall I can see why The Grain Store is such a popular place in Melbourne. The flavours and dishes are unique, but for some the flavours might be too strong. With that said, I enjoyed my dish more than my friend's and I enjoyed it a lot.
I think it's definitely a place worth putting on a list of many more brunch places in Melbourne to try!
If you're interested in visiting, check out their menus here.
Where: 517 Flinders Lane, Melbourne VIC 3000
*Mon's Adventure received a $60 voucher for The Grain Store as courtesy of a Livlicious competition. All opinions are my own.