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Eggs-cellent Breakfast Spots

words by kim batto

Brunch – the combination of breakfast which is the most important meal of the day, and lunch which is the meal you think of after breakfast. Brunch saves you time in thinking of what to eat next, and it even saves you from pronouncing the full word ‘breakfast’. Come on Aussies, you know what I’m talking about (avo, arvo, flattie, brekkie – and the list goes on).

Melburnians take their coffee and brunch very seriously. We never simply order eggs on toast (if you do, we disown you). We take it so seriously that cafes have now taken their egg dishes up a notch.

Four places that have taken their eggs to new heights listed below. Skip your controversial smashed avo this weekend, and try some of these eggcellent dishes.

Sir Charles Benedict, Sir Charles
Sir Charles was named after Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy – the man behind the suburb’s name. They have an Asian inspired menu offering Korean fried chicken and wok tossed Asian greens. But their showstopper of a dish is their Sir Charles Benedict. Be warned as this is not your usual eggs benny (another shortcut) with roti as a base, panko crumbed eggs, bacon, and Sriracha hollandaise – a sure win. Not a big fan of bacon? Do not fret. Trust me their Salmon Benedict is just as good (yum).

15th Century Cilbir Eggs, Pillar of Salt
Want to be transported back in time and feel like an Ottoman sultan? The easiest way not requiring Marty Mcfly’s DeLorean is by heading to Pillar of Salt and ordering their 15th-century cilbir eggs. This dish has got roasted garlic and herb labne (yoghurt), topped with paprika and cumin spiced butter that you could easily dip that Turkish bread into. Don’t forget to order a side of sujuk (spicy sausage) as it brings it to a whole new level. And please, try your very best to not lick the plate.

Google This, The Pour Kids
The café master of puns. Reading their menu is a joy in itself with dishes such as Seeds the day, Duck for Cover and A Knead Indeed. The food is amazing and their star dish is called Google this – deep fried crumbed poached eggs with smoked ham hock, mixed cress, miso paprika aioli topped with Grana Padano cheese. The long description of the dish does not do it justice so you just have to do what the menu says – google it.

Feta and Chilli Folded Eggs, Wynyard
Tucked away in one of South Melbourne’s laneways is Wynyard Café with minimalist interiors that have an inviting atmosphere. They’ve changed the feta and chilli eggs game with their Feta and Chilli Folded Eggs. It comes with a side of 12 hour, slow roasted tomato basked in basil oil that just melts in your mouth and joins perfectly with your folded (not scrambled) eggs.

If the above dishes were not enough for you, they would have something on their menu that will be egg-xactly what you were looking for. Now go on and have an eggs-quisite weekend!

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