Sweet, Sweet Breakfast
It’s lucky that brunch came into fashion in Melbourne, because it started to provide the perrrfect excuse to have a decadently sweet meal as your first meal of the day.
Fandango: 97 Errol Street, North Melbourne
What does one do when Auction Rooms is still busy even at 3pm? Head to Fandango next door of course.
It may seem smaller and with a simpler menu, but it delivers the goods! There’s a courtyard with more seats at the back. The four of us still had to squeeze onto a table but that’s OK.
I chose the French toast but I didn’t expect it to be this big!
I mean, it came with a glass of syrup and a tower of bacon. I’m not complaining, it was delicious with that sweet syrup on top. The baked cinnamon apple was also quite rich. If two of you are not too hungry, this could even be a dish to share.
I didn’t finish mine – but I came damn close!
St Rose: 19 Rose St, Essendon
Sometimes I feel like I should visit Essendon brunch places a bit more, because of my favourite Western Ring Road connection. It’s booming with cafes and St Rose is located conveniently across from the station.
Late in the day, I was after something filling and decadent once again. I’ve recently met Alli, a chef from Portland who is working in Melbourne with our best chefs and eateries.
She was amazed by the banana bread that I ordered!
Towering dishes seem to be all the craze, because they’re also oh-so-Instagrammable. The berry compote and pistachio add some life and colour into the dish, and also ensures it isn’t drenched in sweetness. In fact it’s the berry compote that really helps fill you up whilst the light whipped cream doesn’t make you feel guilty at all. Two words: do it.
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie: 35 Old Healesville Road (cnr Melba Highway), Yarra Glen
It isn’t an article about sweets without a mention to the popular Yarra Valley Chocolaterie. Not only does it sell chocolate and icecream, but it has a lunch and brunch menu, suitable for the many parents who drop by.
They have special menu items when strawberry season comes too, usually around November.
It comes with seasonal fruits and chocolate to drizzle on top. It’s quite simple really in comparison to the above dishes, but I guess they don’t want to complicate their menu too much, as they cater to a lot of families with young kids.
It’s a simple and light meal, so a big drink like the one above helps to top it off!
If there’s a sweet dish you think is a must-try in Melbourne, feel free to let me know in the comments!