For many many Melbournians, brunch is the best meal of the day. Well, it certainly is for me and I've been lucky enough to visit over 100 Melbourne eateries (and counting) since arriving six months ago. With so many options to choose from, I'd like to share with you my top picks of where to go for brunch in Melbourne.
The Kettle Black - 10/10
In my eyes, the best brunch in Melbourne can be found at The Kettle Black on St Kilda Road just south of the river. Sister branch Top Paddock was one of my first ever brunches in Melbourne and I was blown away by their signature blueberry and ricotta hotcake, fruit, maple, cream, nuts, seeds and flowers. This beautiful dish is also on the menu at Kettle Black which to me, is in a more attractive setting, winning awards in interior design. The food tastes as good as it looks and my parents were impressed when I took them here recently. We enjoyed the hotcake, an incredible polenta porridge with berries, maple and nuts plus a delicious coconut yogurt with poached pears, fruit, nuts, seeds and flowers. Great coffee, service, setting and food to die for. Go with a group of friends who like to share everything!
Three Bags Full - 9.5/10
We had to wait a while for my food and coffee but when it finally came it was well worth the wait. My pour over coffee by Industry Beans came with a tasting note and sparkling water to cleanse the palet. I ordered what I consider the best dish on the menu - beetroot cured salmon, smashed avocado, rocket, dill & sour cream on a pea, corn and feta fritter plus a slice of pumpkin loaf. Go for a good hearty brunch!
Ascot Food Store - 9/10
I went out of my way to visit Ascot Food Store after seeing pictures on Instagram. The food was of excellent quality with favourites being the fritters and smoked salmon. Prices were high but it was worth it. I picked up one of their famous test tube doughnuts to take home but unfortunately this looked better than it tasted scoring, Ascot Food Store down a notch. Go for for a lighter brunch with big flavour!
Hidden down a small Carlton lane-way, Vertue Coffee is not only a fantastic space but the owner Mike is a friendly bloke. His passion for great tasting food and coffee certainly shows, with almost everything bring produced in-house. Go for the fresh speciality coffee!
The Grain Store - 9/10
The Grain Store has an inventive brunch menu with great combination of flavours all well presented on the plate. The warm interior almost feels like I'm having brunch in the comfort of my own home without the burnt peice of toast. My favourite dish is the polenta corn fritter, avacado and smashed greens with poached eggs, garden peas, kale, gazpacho, hazelnut dukkah. Go, relax and never leave!
Scarvelli Cafe - 8/10
Scarvelli Cafe may be be a bit out of the way for some but it's worth making the trip to Balwyn. Quality of food, coffee and service are second to none and it's obvious that the staff care. I loved the torn wood-fried smoked salmon with a poached egg, salad of crisp polenta gems, avacado, quinoa, cress and seaweed mustard salsa. Scarvelli employs the "paddock-to-plate" philosophy with all products coming fresh from their own farm. Go for a fresh, quality brunch with friendly staff.
So what are you waiting for? Grab some friends and head off for a tasty Melbourne brunch!