Abacus at a glance
Overall 5 🥑🥑🥑🥑🥑 – perfect score
It’s a beautiful sunny Sunday Melbourne morning. We drive to the gorgeous suburb of South Yarra with the glorious huge houses and pretty streets full of greenery. We walk up to Abacus and notice immediately that it’s huge with open windows and outdoor seating. Plenty of greenery inside reflects the open windowed seating letting the warm days breeze flow through the entire restaurant.
The service was attentive, checking if we wanted coffees while we waited for our friend and checking in with us at appropriate times. There was a little awkwardness when we had our food bought out but it ended with free food so there was no problem there.
The coffee was perfect. Strong, beautiful flavour and almost a creamy taste to it. In terms of drinks I had a fresh ruby grapefruit juice which was sour but deliciously so, and Chris had a chai tea which was spicy, full of flavour and he got two and a halfservings from the one pot which is always a plus.
The menu was interesting, some of the usual suspects, eggs with a range of extras, Bircher oats, chilli scramble and mushrooms on toast. They then have some unique dishes like the cape clear rashers the avocado and pumpkin and their take on corn flakes. We all gravitated towards different things.
Chris decided to build his own after seeing some scrambled eggs go to another table. He had scrambled eggs on toast with avocado, rasher (bacon) and speck croquettes. They were the best croquettes we had ever tasted with a gooey centre, crisp outer and strong bacony flavour from the speck. The sides were also incredibly generous ending up with a very satisfied Chris.
Upon walking in I saw a dish that appeared to have pork crackle on it so I was pretty much already sold (pork crackle is one of my most favourite things to eat). Reading the menu I discovered it was the Cape Clear Rashers, thick cut bacon rashers, pigs cheek, crackling, blonde sausage, chutney, egg and wood fired sourdough and I added a side of heirloom tomatoes. The thick bacon is how I always want to eat bacon. The pigs cheek was a delicious sausage. The blonde sausage was meaty, thick and dense, served cold this was a lovely accompaniment. The chutney was a pear chutney that added beautiful freshness to the entire meal. And of course the crackle was perfect, hard, salty and delicious.
One of our friends ordered the avocado and pumpkin, served with black bean, charred corn and tomato salsa, goats feta, avocado, pumpkin croquettes and egg with a side of mushrooms. She said this was delicious, it looked beautiful, the mushies were varied and looked so succulent and I definitely want to try this when next we visit.
Our other friend chose the chilli folded eggs, eggs scrambled, seaweed, chilli oil, mozzarella, olive dust, dill tops and charcoal sourdough with a side of avocado. I don’t think anything else could describe this other than his words “It’s like I’ve died and have been reborn again”
Needless to say, at Brunch this Weekend, we have yet to give a perfect score anywhere. This place takes the top spot of all the other brunching places we’ve visited in Melbourne. If you try anywhere for brunch this weekend you won’t regret choosing this unpretentious, modern, warm and clever restaurant this coming weekend. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!
K, M, C & J