Higher Ground, Melbourne
Weekends are the best time for my favourite meal of the week – brunch – and with a few friends in tow, I was keen to check out the latest kid on the block and that’s Higher Ground. Done by the same guys that do my other favourite top brunch spots: Two Birds One Stone and Kettle Black, I was pretty excited from the hype I’ve heard and the fact it was centrally located in the CBD and was pretty.
The cafe is a stunning location in one of those renovated industrial spaces and whilst the original quoted queue time of one hour was off-putting, it was only 30min before we made our bottoms to our seats to soak up the scenery. No booking option, of course. The space has a number of levels with plenty of diners and buzz, with great music, ambience and friendly staff. There were also outside coffee facilities for those queueing which was a nice touch.
The food arrived pretty quickly and we had a good view being seated next to the kitchen pass. All the items looked beautiful and we would be pretty happy ordering anything from the menu. Though one of the items seemed a little bit wanky, the half avocado on a chopping board with toast which suggest some parts need to be calmed down.
My friends thoroughly enjoyed their minced lamb on sourdough dish, which was one of the more popular menu items along with the short rib roll and scrambled eggs, at least during our sitting. The coffee was great, but we encountered one hiccup when a member of the staff walked into another and spilling it onto my friend and her outfit. These things happen I guess.
I went for the mushroom and polenta option myself for my morning start and was throughly pleased with the medley of fungi that sat upon a bed of creamy polenta with a sprinkled crumble that gave the meal texture and contrast. It was satisfying and a fair portion size though past me wishes maybe I did have some meat as a side.
I’d definitely return to show the place off to some more people, and there is a dinner option as well that I’d definitely consider. Some parts were a bit shaky but they seem to be making an effort and much like its sister efforts, likely to be a staple of the Melbourne brunch scene for many years to come.
Pro tip: stick to small groups to minimise queue times