I visited Plum and Split Milk off the back of this Hot Dinners offer I had. 50% off the weekend brunch menu price was enticing and the food and venue looked upper class to boot. It ended up being a bit snobby in service but […]
The favourite stop of our food tour was a mid-morning supper at an English restaurant called, well, The English Restaurant. Our guide give us a fantastic overview of the rich history that’s seeped in this building, and you become part of it as you enter […]
Hawthorn. Home to Swinburne, the Hawks, Anderson Park and now some top notch brunch at Mr and Mrs Anderson. The cafe is located on the corner of Anderson Road and Tooronga Road, and it makes for a perfect weekend city retreat. Food is vibrant and flavourful, that is as much of a feast for the senses, as it is for the eyes. Nicole and I headed along, ordering the pork belly, salmon poke bowl, white chocolate brioche and chia pudding. Solid coffee, friendly service and food prepared with farm fresh ingredients and in exciting combinations, makes Mr and Mrs Anderson an easy recommendation.
I grabbed in my friend Nicole for a last gasp weekend brunch. I don’t usually head over to Hawthorn way, but this made for a nice escape from the normal inner city options. Service is immediately welcoming and warm, and it’s clear the staff have a good rap with the locals here as well. To start things off we ordered the slow cooked pork belly with carrots, orange, broad beans, torn bread croutons, pork and port jus, poached egg, grilled onion and summer leaves. We loved the savoury mix on the dish and it makes for an enviable start to the morning. Crispy crackling and the jus brings together the components on the plate in a successful fashion.
Next up was the salmon poke bowl. This is prepared with sesame, soy, brown rice, white fungus, avocado, spring onion, macadamia, nori and pickled ginger. Fun fact: this was my first poke bowl and I was sold. This type of dish is a lighter start to the day (or any other meal time) and the Asian influences across the menu also does keeps things interesting. Creamy avocado and the white fungus make for especially tasty toppings and we enjoyed the macadamia which adds an entertaining crunch to the low carb bowl. Top quality salmon too.
My favourite dish of the occasion was Mr and Mrs Andersons’ signature dish, the caramelised white chocolate brioche. This is plated along with crystalised white chocolate, white chocolate matcha truffles, raspberry coulis and sorbet, fresh berries, walnuts and flowers. It’s not the biggest brioche piece here, but what you get is a rich white chocolate flavour that’s peppered with the vibrancy of the berries. Great if you’re a white chocolate fan like myself. The truffles are more white chocolate than they are matcha, they’d need a matcha filling to be befitting of the title. The sorbet and the cream are zesty and delicious additions.
Last up on our already satisfactory catchup was the coconut milk soaked chia seed pudding with buckwheat, coconut yoghurt, tasted coconut, cocoa nibs, with multi-texture blueberries and flowers. This was Nicole’s fave with the coconuty chia embellished with the sweet tastes and textures of the topping. A light way to finish things off for our afternoon. All in all, we were thrilled with our time at Mr and Mrs Anderson. There’s plenty of worthwhile treats to give a go, and they come both naughty and nice.
Note: author dined at invitation of the restaurant
A morning run on a hot summer’s day saw myself and Ryan end up at La Miel Et La Lune (try saying that ten times fast) for breakfast. The corner spot has a lot of charm and it’s in a handy location. Our early hour meant […]
My final brunch for my visiting friend was held at Stagger Lee‘s, a charming corner cafe in Fitzroy that was one of my colleague’s brunch recommendations whilst in Melbourne. This had been on my to do list for a while, much like my tax lodgement. Like the ATO’s new platform for lodging your tax return via MyGov™, getting a table was nice and easy (minus the part evading the bogans who couldn’t decide to go in or not) and service was efficient. Christina went with the seafood omelette special, which she said was pretty good but nothing astronomical.
I went the light and fruity route as I sometimes wake up like that, and ordered the terrarium ($13) which was a coconut rice pudding, burnt orange curd, autumn fruits and puffed rice cereal. I was mainly relieved this wasn’t anything nearly like the horrendous “terrarium” from Om Nom that still haunts my food-based dreams. Lovely mix of fruit, and was a delish rounded little cup of joy. I would have some preference in tweaking the ratio, was a bit too much dry to wet in the end. Probably could’ve, should’ve asked for a side of milk possibly.
Low fuss little brunch spot that also had a good looking range in the cabinet as well. Be like the couple next door and forego your house deposit for smashed avo, as apparently that was quite good as well.
On rare occasions, I’ve been known to exercise restraint in ordering a modest calorie count dish for brunch. Note: this strategy allows for an additional meal in the day. I kept things light over the last weekend with the coconut chia pudding from Addict, a place […]
As bit of a noodle noob I’ve largely often gone with ramen (as highly evident here) and Shimbashi is my first foray into a soba noodle specialist store. According to Google, the difference is the soba noodle is made from buckwheat flour so there is […]
Even since a friend showed me the discovery of Krimper Cafe, it’s been one of my mainstays for city brunches that are a little hidden from the crowds. If you don’t know where you’re going, you’ll probably never find this place – Guildford Lane has always been an exciting labyrinth of interesting buildings that skew between creepy abandoned warehouse or hipster cafe/ bike shop/ art thing. Anyway, this is a cafe. As you could have guessed.
I’ve been exactly four times and have had four very different experiences – all good ones mind you. Service has never been anything but great and there’s no crazy queueing these days. I’ve most recently had the baba dish – a glorified dessert for breakfast pretty much, and that was quite the treat. Light and interesting and not too sugary (I like to think). They used to have a breakfast dish I quite liked with eggs, pork belly, Mexican bread and other interesting things, but that seems to have made it way off the menu as it keeps updating. I also really enjoyed the baked eggs as pictured, that doesn’t seem to be around as well these days either. A very good secret breakfast spot worth discovering for yourself.