If you read this blog or follow me on Instagram it is pretty obvious that I love my brunch!
Now that I have finished my dietetics coursework in Canberra, I have returned home for the holidays.
I know what you’re thinking: Jenna goes home for the silly season. Jenna attends Christmas parties every night. Jenna eats Christmas puddings, fruit mince pies and other Christmas goodies. Jenna drinks too much champagne.
Actually you’re wrong.
The truth is: Jenna finds any excuse to go out for brunch.
Whether it is catching up with much missed friends or for a post-walk feed, brunch is very much needed throughout the silly season for me.
Returning home to Melbourne means I can go back to some favourite café’s in the inner suburbs of Melbourne city. And while the list of favourite brunch spots is way too long to write here, I will make mention of quite possibly my all-time favourite place and my very first 10/10 rated café.
THE LEFT-HANDED CHEF
Located near Clarendon Street in South Melbourne, I discovered this fairly new little café only a couple of weeks before making my move to Canberra in January earlier this year. And to say I have missed it would be an understatement.
The Left-Handed Chef serves breakfast, lunch, baked goods and coffee. Each morning The Left-Handed Chef wakes up early and bakes all breads, baked goods, and soups on a cold day fresh. He also puts together his deli which tends to consist of granola and yoghurt, yummy bread rolls with awesome fillings, slices, breads and muffins.
The Left-Handed Chef also runs regular bread baking classes and holds other events throughout the year, so be sure to keep an eye out for its next event.
Service: Very friendly and genuine staff. There is always someone making coffees and taking orders, while The Left-Handed Chef is out the back cooking away. If you’re lucky he’ll come out from the kitchen to serve you your meal!
Tea: The tea-ware is perfect. If you order a tea you will get a big pot of hot tea kept warm in a tea-cosy. The cups and saucers they use are also cute. Very retro, I love it.
Food: Absolutely amazing. All cooked by The Left-Handed Chef himself.
I must say that nearly every time I have been there I have enjoyed the Banoffee French Toast. It is to die for! But on other occasions I have strayed from my usual order, I have never been disappointed.
I personally believe you can only truly judge a café until you’ve tried their poached eggs.
On freshly cooked sourdough toast with a side of sautéed spinach, the poached eggs were a firmly cooked egg white with a warm and gooey egg yolk centre. Perfectly poached. I also love that I didn’t even need to ask for a runny yolk.
Vibe: Very cute. The small environment is decked out perfectly to make you feel comfortable and at home.
Depending who is manning the counter and coffee machine depends on the type of music played in the café. My favourite would have to be the Mumford & Sons album playing one morning I visited, or even the Disney soundtrack playing another time.
I love that it is not always ridiculously busy and that you can sit down at the café, enjoy some food and a hot drink, and just chill out reading a book. Or having a chat to The Left-Handed Chef himself.
Rating: 10/10. I don’t give these out lightly. This place is just THAT good!
Jump off the number 1 or 112 tram line and check out The Left-Handed Chef at 219 Park Street, South Melbourne. They’re open weekdays (except Tuesdays) from 7:30am-4:30pm and weekends from 8:30am.