Is there anything more Melbourne than a Sunday brunch?
We’ve found that it doesn’t necessarily have to be smashed avocado and a juice (although it often is), we have found some other great combinations around the suburbs. Perhaps next time you head out for brunch treat yourself to the B.L.A.T and rotating milkshake special from Truman’s, or kick your hangover the best way with some oysters and a glass of Mumm from Entrecote. Whatever your brunch choice, we have covered all bases in the list below, so why not head out with some friends and discover something new.
Ask anyone who frequents Second Home [21 Brougham Street, Eltham] and they will tell you just that, it has become their second home. The café is bathed in natural light that floods in through the skylights, the perfect place for any young student to come and get some work done… be sure to order some coffee and food though.
The menu is large, and fittingly, they have a section titled Beautiful Brunch. Here you will find all the Melbourne staple brunches like eggs benedict and smashed avocado. There are, however, a couple of alternate options. Try out the hearty breakfast burger that comes with a 180g beef patty, bacon, egg, tomato relish, cheese on a brioche bun, or try out our favourite, aptly titled ‘a veggie home’. This big veggie breaky comes with grilled haloumi, corn fritters, slow roasted tomato, mushrooms, avocado, beetroot relish and poached eggs. On weekends head in with some friends and settle in for a long boozy brunch as Second Home serves great cocktails, beer and sparkling wine all day.
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Walk into Truman’s [381 Montague Street, Albert Park] and chances are you will already feel right at home. The ladies behind the counter are brilliant with names and will invite you to take a seat either outside on the busy corner or inside in the retro inspired room. The quirky interior runs in line with Melbourne’s own style and so does the brunch. The menu is served all day and there is something for everyone, whether you’re a little worse for wear on a Sunday or need a healthy feed before a big day, Turman’s has you covered. Try out the Chicken schnitzel or double cheese burger with a rotational milkshake special to ease your headache or give the Middle Eastern breakfast with a ‘working girl’ fresh juice a try, its food for the soul! We recommend the B.L.A.T with the inclusion of a running egg to begin any morning in the best way possible.
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Just like most Melbourne cafes, Coin Laundry [61 Armadale Street, Armadale] takes its food and coffee very seriously. Their ingredients have been sourced locally to create a diverse and fresh menu. The menu is also quite diverse, with 16 breakfast options and 10 lunch options (or more than 25 brunch options), there is definitely something for everyone. Though as we always say here at DYOB, a large menu doesn’t necessarily mean a lack of detail in the food. The value for money is also a draw card at Coin Laundry, with a big breakfast including smashed avocado, tomatoes, bacon, beetroot relish, baby spinach and poached eggs setting you back only $19.50. Be sure to grab a coffee while in store, they use quality Arabica beans from Allpress which is prepared by an expert barista. Their kitchen is open all day for breakfast and 12pm-3pm for lunch, so head in at midday to try out their whole menu!
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What was once a Brunswick local’s secret, is no more! Foxtrot Charlie [359 Sydney Road, Brunswick] has been found by the wider Melbourne community, and although locals might not be too happy, we are. This café is exceptional for a number of reasons, first is the stunning design by ZWEI. The interior is reminiscent of a warehouse conversion with a very Melbourne twist, exposed brick is at home with polished concrete and wood finishings. While this may sound like a cold atmosphere, the smell of the freshly brewed and roasted coffee awakens the senses and creates a warm and welcoming feeling inside the café. The theme of the café is evident within, as a large jetliner is suspended above the coffee roaster. The menu is full of healthy options like the organic yoghurt, house toasted granola and honey seed mix but there is also something for everyone, including the kids.
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This French Bistro has become famous for its steak and bottomless fries. It should also be famous for its boozy Sunday brunch, although you can head in and have a tipple whenever you like. As facebook.com/entrecotesouthyarra [131-133 Domain Road, South Yarra] has shown, brunch doesn’t always have to consist of breakfast options just eaten alter but can reach out into a number of cuisines and drinks.
Begin your French inspired brunch with some oysters and a Berocca (this is a menu item) or a bloody Mary if you have had a few the night before. The restaurant menu is really about curing your hangover, either by having a few more drinks or eating until cured, they suggest adding extra fries to your breakfast burger to ‘kick your hangover’. To really celebrate brunch we suggest ordering Entrecotes signature dish, steak frites, which comes with their famous fries, all smothered in a creamy sauce - you can even walk all of those calories off across the road at the Botanical Gardens afterwards!
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