It’s been three months since my trip to Melbourne and just this morning I found myself missing the one thing that I neglect all too often – breakfast. Since it is not part of the plan to return there any time soon, all I can is to reminisce on my best breakfast experiences …
CUMULUS INC. Breakfast ($16) – Boiled egg, toast, preserves, yoghurt, organic orange juice & coffee/tea. Wholesome and healthy way to start the day – however, I usually go for something more adventurous like the following….
GRILLED LYONNAISE SAUSAGE, PARSLEY & SHALLOT SALAD & 65deg EGG ($16) – an OK dish. Personally, this one does not quite qualify as a hardcore brekkie dish…I don’t know why! Maybe it has gotta do with the salad (Salads and Breakfast…just doesn’t go, no?).
SCRAMBLED EGGS, CHORIZO, BACON – Very hearty and good-valued but otherwise unimpressive.
A prata-wrap with scrambled eggs and chilli jam…we adjusted down our expectations when the dish was placed in front of us. However, the combination of all the components on the dish worked together so well (including the bean sprouts which I totally would avoid for brekkie).
Ham & Cheese hot pressed sandwich – Another palette pleaser
After walking past this café upteen times (always closed as they open from morning till early afternoon only), I finally decided to pop by for brekkie one sunshiny morning. The benches along the pavement (above) are definitely not my choice of seating – too ‘public’, in my opinion But the locals seem to LOVE it!
Quite a homely interior – packed with people even on a weekday morning! Part of the reason for the popularity of this cafe could be because it is a social enterprise – the front of house and back of house crew are all volunteers! 100% of the profit goes towards 4 development projects in Australia and beyond. How cool is that!
DUCK OMELETTE with MUSHROOMS & CARROTS – quite an asian dish in my opinion and nope, this dish did not impress. A little disappointed with my choice as they have such an extensive menu and so many other awesome-looking dishes I wanted to try!
CROQUE MONSIEUR – Nothing compared to the ones back in Sydney
Besides serving some nice hot food, Chez Dré is more often than not known for their awesome and very high quality pastries. I tried the SALTED CARAMEL ECLAIR which turned out to be very delightful – the right amount of filling, punch and crunch
not forgetting a very very lovely place – CIRCA THE PRINCE
This post sums up my lovely breakfast experiences in the short 1 month I spent in Melbourne. These were not all that I patronized – but definitely those that I would revisit. Having said that, there aren’t too many disappointments when it comes to food in Melbourne (a true culinary capital indeed!).