Best brunch dishes of Melbourne in 2015


It’s not hard to guess from the title what my latest blog post is about. I have to admit that it is totally biased towards the sweet breakfast options (I enjoy a sweet over a savoury about 75% of the time).

On New Year’s Eve I posted my #2015bestnine – my top 9 instagram photos from 2015. And surprise surprise, 7 out of the 9 photos were of breakfast food.

So what better way to wrap up 2015 than to post my sweetly biased opinion on the best Melbourne brunches dishes of 2015.

1. Hotcake, Top Paddock / Kettle Black (Richmond / South Melbourne)

Much like in 2014, this is hands down the best brunch dish in Melbourne. Now with a bit more of a personal love for this dish as one of the hotcake chefs is due to marry into the family next week (not that I needed another excuse to love this dish). I feel that over time the hotcake continues to grow higher and the toppings get more generous. One thing that remains is the fluffy cake texture with the large chunks of ricotta and handfuls of fresh blueberries baked into the meal.

With many trendy cafes now baking a similar one-pan baked hotcake, this one is still the best, and original, hotcake in Melbourne.

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2. Corn Fritters, St Ali (South Melbourne)

It’s been too long since I’ve had this dish. I’ve only had the pleasure of eating this once in 2015, but the St Ali staple “My Mexican Cousin” is a filling and satisfying vegetarian savoury breakfast dish. Secret recipe corn fritters with poached eggs, grilled haloumi and some salad (I order it without the tomato salsa of course).

A while back I even tried to replicate the fritters they were that amazing. A must try.

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3. Omelette, BARRY (Northcote)

I only got to taste this dish once back in May before the BARRY Winter Menu (and new omelette dish) took over the cafe. Now they are onto another new menu this Summer. The Omelette that was the winner was the pumpkin, spinach, ricotta, pine nuts and sage omelette on grainy bread topped with mico-herbs and a drizzle of olive oil.

Since then they have had a great potato/leek/comte/rosemary omelette and now most recently a lovely omelette filled with zaatar and goats cheese.

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4. French Toast, A Fan’s Notes (Carlton North)

Now this was a sweet one. But it has some great flavours and this dish pretty much got me through the winter blues and cold weather that Melbourne provided in 2015. Pear and ginger layered french toast with cardamom cream. #winning

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5. French Toast, The Left Handed Chef (South Melbourne)

The amazing Left-handed chef cooks a mean Banoffee French Toast. It was my go-to brunch dish for my 25th birthday. I really don’t need to explain much more as I have mentioned this dish on my blog so much already.

6. French Toast, Auction Rooms Cafe (North Melbourne)

With a great mixture of flavours, the brûlée french toast has that crunchy outside with an amazing soft inside. Back in Winter this dish had some in-season citrus additions. It looks like the new menu has replaced it with a new Brûlée french toast dish (I would assume equally as good). Give it a try.

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7. Porridge, Rustica Sourdough (Fitzroy)

Their menu, breads and pastries are to die for. It’s always so hard making a decision as all the options are amazing, but I always somehow wind up ordering their amazing porridge. And it never disappoints. Topped with coconut, honeycomb (!!) and banana, it’s such a filling and exciting porridge.

If Fitzroy happens to be out of your way in terms of a brunch or coffee location, be sure to check out Rustica Canteen in Guildford Lane in the CBD and also the new Rustica Canteen which is due to open up in Richmond soon.

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8. Porridge AND Apple Pie Waffles, Mixed Business (Clifton Hill)

If you’re after a porridge that isn’t overly sweet but much more interesting than your weekday Quick Oats, then Mixed Business’s porridge is one to try. Cinnamon porridge with golden syrup poached pear, honey yoghurt, rhubarb jam, seeds and nuts.

On the other hand, if you’re after something sweet and decadent – go for the Apple Pie Waffles. I had been to this cafe a few times before trying the waffles and I wish I did it sooner. They are actually amazing – I’m talking maple baked apples, pecan crumble and a creamy scoop of ice cream.

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9. French Toast, The Merchants Guild (Bentleigh East)

The fourth and final French Toast in my top ten. Only experienced this one just last week and highly recommend it if you are bayside. “Espresso infused french toast with house made nutella, vanilla bean mascarpone, banana, baileys anglaise and amaretti crumb”. Nuff said.

10. Mixed Greens, Tall Timber (Prahran)

A solid go-to savoury dish. An oldie but a goodie. Poached eggs, grainy bread, lots of greens. A healthy savoury option to top off my top ten.

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Well those were my favourite brunch dishes around Melbourne in 2015. I look forward to new menus and specials to try at the countless number of Melbourne cafes in 2016!

Happy New Year to all that pass through my blog. I know I haven’t been posting as often as in the past, but I am finding there is little time to write about how busy and amazing life is getting. When I am not at work I am making the most of my spare time eating out in Melbourne, enjoying the outdoors, socialising with friends, or on adventures outside of the city with my man.

But be sure to stay up to date with my movements on Instagram and enjoy my [less frequent] blog posts here on Cheering for Nutrition in 2016.

Thanks to everyone for the support throughout 2015 and I wish everyone a safe and healthy 2016, full of fun adventures and good brunches.

– Jenna


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