The Stables of Como, South Yarra

The Stables of Como at a Glance

Service 4
Atmosphere 4.5
Coffee 5
Menu 4.5
Food 4.5
Overall 4.5 🥑🥑🥑🥑

It was a beautiful, sunny yet brisk Saturday morning as we arrived at Stables. As we walked up the driveway it kind of felt like we were trespassing on private property but as we arrived in the courtyard that disappeared as we admired the beautiful surroundings.

Whilst waiting for our friends to arrive, we perused the menu. Although not huge, this menu was very reminiscent of a proper New York brunch experience. Featuring boozy brunch essentials of Bloody Mary, mimosa, and Pimms, to name a few, along with non-alcoholic options like milkshakes and juice, an entire page was dedicated to drinks. On the flip side there were small options, a build your own egg option, brunch and lunch dishes.

I was immediately drawn to the slow baked eggs on the menu, and when I saw it go to someone else's table, I was sold. Served with Forrest mushrooms, buttered leeks, brie and pangrattato with the option to add prosciutto, (which I did). Oh the cheese, the melty, gooey, stringy and altogether moreish cheese. The eggs oozed, the mushrooms helped to balance the cheese as they were so earthy and the breadcrumbs on top were perfect. I would eat this again in a heartbeat.

Chris ordered the French toast special served with maple mascarpone, fresh strawberries and of course he added bacon. Although small, this was quite rich and the homemade brioche was amazing, light yet still had density from the soaking of egg. There could have been more mascarpone but the bacon was perfect and he enjoyed the freshness of the strawberries 🍓

Our friends both ordered The Gardeners Breakfast, poached eggs, bacon, avocado, roast tomato and mushrooms on toast (although one omitted the tomatos). This big breaky style was filling and delicious, although one wanted crispier bacon, it was still enjoyable. This dish could easily be the "Old Faithful" as you really can't go wrong with this choice.

The atmosphere was really calm and it felt almost like we were visiting some posh relatives in their beautiful Hamptons Cafe. The service was really friendly and personable with only two small slips getting the wrong drink and one coffee going walk about but otherwise we were very happy with our experience.

The coffee was the perfect kick up the bum I need in the morning to get me started, smooth yet strong and beautifully presented, we couldn't fault their delicious coffee.

We both also ordered a juice and a milkshake. I really felt like a smoothie and ordered the closest thing to it I could find the ticked pink. This sounded great on paper but the only flavour I tasted was not very sweet watermelon. Chris had a vanilla bean milkshake, again gorgeously presented and had that real vanilla flavour rather than just your run of the mill syrup.

We didn't know too much about the place before attending The Stables of Como, but we know after spending a couple of pleasurable hours in this establishment that we will definitely be returning. A really gorgeous restaurant with delicious food and coffee-what more can you want? Drop your plans for Sunday and try this place!!

Until our next adventure in brunch

C, J, K & M

District North, Moonee Ponds

District North, at a glance

Service 4.5
Atmosphere 4.5
Coffee 4.5
Menu 5
Food 4.5
Overall: 4.6 🥑🥑🥑🥑

I think we would be classed as usuals at District North in Moonee ponds.

District North is one of those places that you don't even have to think twice about going to. Like one of those 'I'm hungover and cannot be bothered using my brain right now so we'll just go to the district' kind of place.

Moonee Ponds is still growing as a go-to suburb for brunch on weekends and District North is a major player in the north western brunch scene with some hints of the east and inner north coming over to Mount Alexander Road.

Having lived in the area for 7 years we became familiar with most of the local brunching spots in and around Puckle street. District North is a bit of an anomaly as it's not on the heavily foot traffic corridor of Puckle street but can be found in the busy (for cars, trams and nighttime haunts) Mount Alexander Road.

The coffee here is rarely of poor quality. If you order a strong coffee it doesn't taste bitter or burnt, it tastes of delicious strong coffee. In addition to their coffee they have a yummy range of juices and their shakes (which feature their delicious donuts).

They even have drink specials like the cocoa mint latte that both Chris and I ordered. This was like a very indulgent mint hot chocolate with a lovely creamy freshness.

The menu is a mixture of sweet, savoury and lunch options. For brunch you have the staples of any great brunch menu, toast with condiments, granola, a big breakfast and eggs on toast with an amazing selection of sides to build your own. They have launched their winter menu recently which has some delicious sounding new dishes as well as past specials that were obviously a hit.

They also have some items that are quite unique like the "breakfast in bed" a board which featured a fresh OJ, falafel scotch eggs ( which were suitably oozy), beetroot hummus, feta, berry coconut chia puddings and zatar toast. This was a lovely combo of savoury and sweet and also featured fresh fruit which helped lighten the meal.

The Szechuan French toast started as a delicious special and has now landed on the menu. Although slightly different on the menu now, when we had it it was Served on one large piece of brioche bread with lemon labne, strawberry custard spring roll, berries, Szechuan snaps and cream. Although it was meant to be spiced I think it was a little subtle and didn't get that peppery kick I wanted. That was the only let down. District North understand texture. The Szechuan snaps were reminiscent of brandy snaps and add fun and crunch, the French toast was perfectly cooked and oozed with the lemon labne and the berries were the perfect pops of freshness. But the spring roll was probably the stand out. Crunchy and custard together. Just yum!!!

On our latest visit myself and a friend both ordered their updated benedict, the pulled pork benedict. Served on fluffy Dr Marty’s crumpets was delicious slow cooked pulled pork shoulder, pickled kohlrabi, poached eggs and bernaise sauce. Thinking this would be small I ordered the mac n cheese slappers to beef it up a bit. This definitely wasn't small! It was so full of flavour, perfectly cooked eggs and the slappers were a wonderful spiced fried hit to go with it (I shared them as I couldn't hog all that yumminess)

Chris ordered one of their quirky sounding specials, Donut Sliders, caramel bacon, popping candy, wagyu beef, American cheese served with a mini peanut butter shake. The serve could have been larger and the donut bun was almost a bit stale. The glaze all over it was gooey and sticky and made it impossible to eat like a burger. The filling was all very yummy but quite rich. The shake was delicious however it was really sweet so a full serve would be hard to drink without sharing.

Whenever we come to district north we are always greeted by the two cheerful owners. No matter how busy it is they always have time for a chat and definitely make us feel like regulars in their busy establishment. During peak brunch times there is always a line out the door. Despite the restaurant often being packed to the rafters the atmosphere is still enjoyable and I don't feel stressed by the craziness around me, however it can get a touch loud. It has a modern feel, it's very bright with fun touches like the large projection screen that displays the specials, the chalkboard for kids and selfie sticks to take photos of the yummy food.

All the crew from the talented barista to the inspired chefs to the friendly owners and the cheerful wait staff, they all know what they're doing and make you feel welcomed. We've attended District North singularly, as a couple, with friends and even had a function there and each time the service has been exemplary.

If we feel like eating familiar, delicious food without the fuss, and don't want to travel too far you will definitely find us at District North.

Until next weekend brunchers

C & J

Ascot Food Store, Moonee Ponds

Ascot Store, Moonee Ponds at a glance

Service 1.5
Coffee 3
Menu 4.5
Food 3.5
(Atmosphere wasn't judged as we sat outside)

Overall: 3.2 🥑🥑🥑

Please note: we have had many enjoyable and top notch experiences at Ascot Store in the past. We were expecting them to rate at about 4 and above. We put this particular experience down as an anomaly that wouldn't usually occur. Unfortunately we don't rate on past experiences but on the brunch of the here and now, hence the lower score.

Sunday dawned bright and clear after the crazy winters windy weather of Saturday and we thought a visit to an old favourite might be a great idea. Although still really fresh and a little cool, we decided to sit outside to enjoy the beautiful warm sun.

After a bit of a wait we perused their menu. We are quite familiar with their menu but we're delighted to see an update since the last visit. Their menu is very hip, in trend and creative. They have an all day style menu with both brunch, lunch and sweet options.

Having seen it on Facebook recently I decided on the French toast, brioche, berry textures, fresh berries, creme fraiche and pedro xiemenz. There were generous topping with almost not enough French toast. The fairy floss wasn't on the menu but was fluffy and yum. It needed more syrup and more bread but otherwise was delicious!

Chris had been hankering a taste of New York since he’d seen it on their Facebook page, fried chicken and waffles!! AFC- Ascot fried chicken and waffles, spicy chicken wings, buttermilk waffles with maple and blueberry butter and bacon powder. Boy, were these some spicy wings, which to be honest, didn't really seem to go well with the delicious waffles and sweet buttery blueberry butter. It didn't quite live up to the fried chicken and waffles from New York but was still tasty.

If it was just me scoring the coffee I would have given it a zero. I couldn't drink it, it was very bitter and tasted really foul. I was really craving a good coffee and unfortunately was let down. Chris rated his a lot better than mine and we averaged out the score.

This is where we have to face the hard reality of our service throughout our meal. We waited a while just to get a table. We ordered coffees pretty much straight away. And then waited. And waited. Got our food and had finished it. Still waiting for coffees. We pretty much decided to leave if they didn't come. Finally they came with a “sorry for the wait” and mine was undrinkable. I hate complaining to a place when we go anywhere, but I had to say something when I paid. Luckily they took the drinks off which scores them a little better but it wasn't the usual friendly service we were used to at Ascot Store and we walked away pretty disappointed.

As I said at the start of the review, I hope this is an anomaly and not the trend. We've enjoyed countless great meals here and hope to enjoy more.

Happy Friday brunchers and I hope your brunching this weekend is fun and delicious

C & J

The Winey Cow, Mornington

At a glance

Coffee: 5🥑 Menu: 4🥑 Service: 4🥑  Atmosphere: 4.5🥑 Food: 3.5🥑

Score: 4.2🥑

Brunch This Weekend headed out of Melbourne this weekend to celebrate the engagement of 2 of our closest friends. 

This gave us a combination of a blank canvas along with many choices of brunch in Mornington alone. This day, a very cold and windy Saturday, I picked the Winey Cow (thanks to a recommendation of a friend)

I could tell this place was a hit as soon as I stepped inside, it was packed! The very friendly waitress greeted me like a local and advised that there would a slight wait or I could sit outside with a blanket (very nice offer but I would have needed more than a blanket).

After a very short wait I got seated, and with one of my favourite questions “would you like a coffee to start?” I was instantly happy with the Winey Cow. 

As soon as my menu was handed to me, my eyes were drawn to the 12 hour slow cooked beef brisket served with a fried egg, onion purée and a Yorkshire pudding – very apt for the kind of day it was. Although the Brisket wasn’t as tender as I imagined it was still rich and full of taste, the fried egg was cooked perfectly and the pudding was a nice touch. My only other criticism is that it could have been a bit bigger and my personal preference is poached eggs but that’s splitting hairs. 

As I was still a bit peckish, I had my eye on the coffee and walnut muffin – this would be great with my second latte. Moments later my muffin was in front of me. One thing was missing, my second coffee 🙁 

Although it would have been a match made in heaven, it’s not the end of the world. 

I cannot wait to head back to The Winey Cow, there’s a lot to try. 

Happy brunching my brunch lads and lasses.

Until next time,


Sir Charles, Fitzroy

Sir Charles at a Glance

Service 3.5

Atmosphere 4.5

Coffee 4.5

Menu 4.5

Food 5

Overall 4.4 🥑🥑🥑🥑
Our second visit to this thoroughly modern large Johnstone St eatery, we were looking forward to some good food and coffee with even better company(with our two guest reviewers). A large space filled with murals, greenery and lots of people, this was clearly an excellent Sunday choice for a brunch hang out. 
Once we arrived we waited a while but no one gave us menus and we ended up having to ask for them, which was a disappointing start to our brunch. We then all got our coffees at different times and they seemed to forget one too and we had to ask for it again. 
The coffee was worth the wait though. It was the perfect temperature and so delicious I drank it all in one go!

The menu is quite delightful with an Asian theme, there’s all your usual suspects including 3 styles of benedict (bacon, salmon or vegetarian), eggs on toast with a range of extras and some yummy lunch options to boot. 
We all perused the menu and there were definite standouts. Both Chris and one of our guest reviewers ordered the Sir Charles Benedict with Chris ordering a side of pork belly. Panko crumbed eggs, sriracha hollandaise, bacon and fresh chilli served on roti bread. This is absolutely indulgent, delicious and scrumptious. The right amount of heat, bacon superb, the roti was a great accompaniment with the perfectly cooked eggs that were wonderfully crunchy on the outside. This is the clear winner of Sir Charles’ “Old Faithful”

Our other guest reviewer ordered one of the lunch items, the Pork Burger, pulled pork & mozzraella croquette with pickled apple & fennel, apple cider mayo, BBQ sauce and fresh slaw with bacon and with a side of kimchi fries. This was an absolute mammoth burger-the fries were barely touched as the burger was deliciously huge!

I ordered the Me So Hungry! Miso scrambled eggs, smoked eggplant labneh, crispy shallots, chilli oil, coral paprika tuille on toasted sourdough with a side of BBQ pork. This was another huge meal! The eggs were so flavourful and not too rich, the labneh was incredibly smoky and creamy and the delicate coral tuille was beautiful. I loved the pork but if I ordered this again I would get some veggies instead just to cut through the richness of all the deliciousness on the plate. 

The atmosphere was definitely fun but we wouldn’t rate it as the perfect atmosphere. But not by much! We thoroughly enjoyed our second visit and we know it won’t be our last. There are some delicious items on the menu that we still want to try. If you are planning your weekend already midweek then we definitely suggest you give Sir Charles a try. Until next weekend brunchers! 

C, J, K & A 

Captain Grey, Essendon

Captain Grey at a glance
Service 4

Atmosphere 5

Coffee 4.5

Menu 3.5

Food 4.5

Overall 4.3 🥑🥑🥑🥑
Captain Grey has been a regular brunch and coffee spot of ours since it opened last year. It’s common for Chris to walk down there for a coffee early morning on the weekend whilst I’m still catching zzz’s. So it was about time we did a review. 

With its mint walls, modern interior and large outdoor eating area, on an ideal corner locale, it’s rare for this place to be quiet. We cannot fault the atmosphere with the perfect sounds accompanying the delicious coffee as we wait for our food. Music playing, coffee machine sounds and a not-too-loud buzz of conversation. Chris wouldn’t walk here most weekends if the coffee wasn’t good. The perfect kick start to the day. 

Service was professional but could have used a bit of warmth. Big points go to them for offering the second coffee-it’s as if they read Chris’ mind, bringing him a second latte. 
The menu hasn’t really changed since they’ve opened but they do have a good mix of items we love to see. Their “old faithful” hands down is the Dukkha Poached Eggs and Chris’ choice for brunch, with sujuk sausage, haloumi, olives, labne, beetroot hummus and pita bread. Everything works in harmony with the smokiness of the sausage, creaminess of the labne and hummus and the dense yet soft pita bread. You won’t walk away hungry from this one and will definitely feel satisfied. 

I decided I was ravenously hungry and ordered The Captain, which is their take on a big breaky. Eggs your way on sourdough served with bacon, pork & fennel sausage, roasted cherry tomatoes, mushroom and onion jam. This was so very yum! I ordered fried eggs which were cooked perfectly with a yummy drizzly yolk, the onion jam was the perfect accompaniment and the sausage was packed with flavour. The only let down was the over cooking of the bacon, it was charred and basically burnt. 

We only wish that they would give their menu a shake up or at least feature some brunch specials as the buzz of newness has now worn off, for them to keep up with Melbourne’s brunch scene they cannot be complacent. 
Besides that, you will get an excellent brunch experience when you visit Captain Grey. Give it a go, you won’t be sorry!!

Watch this space for a midweek review brunchers, something to whet your appetite for the weekend ahead. 
C & J

Northern Perk, Brunswick

Northern Perk at a Glance
Service 4.5

Atmosphere 4

Coffee 4

Menu 3.5

Food 4

Overall 4 🥑🥑🥑🥑
Being a huge friends fan, as soon as I saw the sign for this place, I was sold-I had to try this place out. Being drawn in by a sign, we were surprised by the exterior, as it could be any other cafe on Sydney road. The interior told a different story, a mix of styles both eclectic and market stall, plenty of options including a large courtyard with the awesome sign. 

 This Middle Eastern themed cafe had an interesting menu with many of the usual suspects with a range of extras to choose from. One vital piece of the brunch puzzle was missing in an eggs benedict. It wasn’t until after we ordered that we notice the Northern Perk Tower. No description on the menu, and I admit I assumed it would be a burger. I was so wrong, this is the epitome of brunch when you don’t know whether it’s sweet or savoury that you feel like-a collection of delicious savoury on the bottom and sweet on the top, made to be shared. Without even trying it I would be confident in saying this would be their “Old Faithful”
The service was a little slow but they were incredibly friendly. They also had that awesome option where you can buy coffees for people who can’t afford them, which ticked our good deed off for the day. 

Chris ordered the Veggie Board, eggs your way, avocado, haloumi, labne, roasted veggies, mushrooms and grilled tomato on toasted sour dough. The lack of meat was well compensated by the roasted veggies (potato, carrot and capsicum), the perfect accompaniment to a breakfast for a cold winters morning. It was complimented by the best labne either of us have ever tasted as well. 

I ordered the Brioche French Toast, white chocolate, berries, mango and fairy floss. The French toast was delicious and very generous with the toppings. It would have been made perfect if it was a little less sweet and had some syrup to soak into those delicious pieces of French toast!

The coffee could have been hotter but the flavour was pretty darn good. Chris also ordered a hot chocolate which was absolutely delicious and tummy warming on such a cold day. 

The atmosphere was pretty chilled, the place got busier the longer we were there but was missing the bustle and zing we love in the perfect atmosphere. 
We both want to return to this quirky cafe in Brunswick to try their amazing tower, their scrumptious sounding burgers and their hip freak shakes. Give this place a go for something a little bit different. Happy 1st of July, here’s to another month of brunching!
C & J

Pope Joan, Brunswick

Pope Joan at a glance
Service 3

Atmosphere 4.5

Coffee 4.5

Menu 3.5

Food 4

Overall 3.9 🥑🥑🥑
Our second visit with Pope Joan regulars, we were looking forward to some yummy food and coffee coupled with a good atmosphere. We knew some of what to expect with this hip cafe with its retro boho interior, with a slight country cottage appeal and grandma China crockery, it was a good reminder that the North end of Nicholson street is still cool. They have a large seating area both inside and out the back of the restaurant and were pretty busy for a peak Saturday brunch time. 
Their menu isn’t extensive but has some unusual choices. Featuring a small almost brunch entree section, all day Breaky, sandwiches and lunch menus starting at differing times of the day, you won’t see too many of the usual suspects on this menu. But sometimes a step outside the comfort zone can be a good thing. Plus their drinks menu is quite impressive especially on the boozy side of things. 
As our friends were saving our table we had a little wait before we were served, with both coffee and food orders being taken at the same time. When the coffee arrived we think they gave me the strong latte by mistake. It was definitely strong, and to me it tasted a little bitter. Chris and our friends thoroughly enjoyed the coffee though so it was hard to fault. The atmosphere had a great relaxed feel, it wasn’t too loud but felt leisurely despite the bustle of people coming and going. 

Our friends (and Guest Reviewers) ordered their favourite meals when they come to Pope Joan as it’s a favourite hang out of theirs. They both ordered The Cornish sandwich, roasted chook, stuffing and jalapeño with a side of chips. They were both satisfied with their go to meal. 

 I ordered the Pope’s Huevos-chorizo, poached egg, spiced beans, guacamole and pepper salsa served on a tortilla. There was a delicate spice to the dish the chorizo was so yummy and meaty and the guacamole was unbelievably smooth. It was let down only by a slightly over cooked egg, dry tortilla and that it was a touch small.

Chris ordered Our ‘kinda’ Full English, Davids bacon, English sausage, scrambled eggs and Joan’s baked beans served on multigrain toast. The eggs weren’t too rich and cooked perfectly, could have done with more of them though. The bacon was cooked beautifully but again was a bit light on the plate. The baked beans had that lovely homemade flavour that makes you think of mums kitchen at home. The sausage was nice but a bit tough to cut through and the toast could have been spruced up with something a bit more interesting. Overall a pretty yummy dish with a few tweaks to be perfect. 

As it had been a while, we had a lot to catch up on with our friends and were lingering long after we finished our food. Service up until we finished our meals was quite attentive. The proactive presentation of the bill, and the follow up on said bill felt like we were being chased by debt collectors. The morning rush had long since finished and there were definitely tables available so we didn’t appreciate being interrupted mid sentence about paying the bill. Unfortunately this made us feel as if we were being given bums rush, and put a dampener on our Saturday brunch. 
Overall a pretty decent brunching experience, a definite return to Pope Joan isn’t doubtful, however hopefully the service will be slightly improved as this would have put this score in the 4s if it had been better. If you do happen to get yourselves there, do try the brownie as a post brunch dessert, you won’t be disappointed. 

This review sees us at the end of another month of brunching, we look forward to seeing you next weekend for another chilly weekend made for hot coffees and comforting brunches. 
-C, J, K & A

Sir Duke, Moonee Ponds 

Sir Duke at a glance
Service 4

Atmosphere 4.5

Coffee 5

Menu 5

Food 4.5

Overall 4.6 🥑🥑🥑🥑
Finally! We were walking down Puckle street Thursday night and from a far I could see tables and chairs and a bustle of people out the front of 99 Puckle street. Lemon soul, a large cafe used to stand on this spot closed a fair while ago. Then the signing went up, “Opening early 2017, Sir Duke” needless to say we were pretty excited. Months of stalking on Facebook, their website and walking past their prime location in Puckle and finally on Thursday, they opened. We rearranged our brunch plans so we could attend on opening weekend. 
Walking in to this large space they had transformed the interior into a modern, bright and airy cafe. With plenty of white with pink accents, their strong branding was clearly apparent. 

As we waited for our friends (and guest reviewers) to arrive we perused the menu and was pleasantly surprised. They definitely had your standard fare with smashed avocado, eggs on toast (with a range of extras), granola and eggs benedict. They had a sandwich and lunch menu and they also serve dinner so some heavier meals for later on. They had a complete list of drinks with some funky sounding cocktails, yummy juices and interesting shakes. The menu definitely had some stand out items, and we want to try quite a number of them. 
I was definitely torn between savoury and sweet. I thought I wanted something fresh and clean and the breakfast salad definitely had freshness with broccolini, kale, spinach, avocado, black beans, cherry tomatoes, nuts and poached eggs this sounded like a green machine of brunches. But the hot cake sounded like a dreamy cloud on a plate which is what I chose. A fluffy hot cake with strawberries, poached pears, whipped ricotta, drizzled maple, crushed honeycomb, seeds, nuts and Persian fairy floss. The hot cake was humongous, one large hot cake that took up the entire plate. The outsides were a little crisp, just as they should be and it was definitely fluffy. The toppings were all delicious. The only down sides to this meal was the middle was a little undercooked and eggy and you definitely need extra syrup to soak into that huge hot cake. 

Chris and one of our guest reviewers both had the benny boy, Sir Dukes take on eggs benedict. Served atop a house made potato hash was slow cooked pulled pork, poached eggs and hollandaise. Chris needed a bit of freshness so he ordered avocado on the side and our friend wanted some mushies and avocado. The eggs were perfectly cooked, the pork was moist, full of flavour and melted in the mouth and avocado definitely cut through the richness and added some freshness! The potato hash was a good twist but could have had more oomph. The mushies were a hit, bursting with flavour and juiciness!

Our second guest reviewer, ordered the morning meat tray, a take on a big breakfast with an emphasis on, yep you guessed it, meat! Fried eggs, bacon, cheese kransky, pulled pork (so much meat!) potato hash and tomato relish served on toast with a side of avocado (can you tell we all like avocado?) Everything was delicious and he really couldn’t fault the meal. It was served beautifully and everything was cooked to perfection. 

The coffee was just strong enough, full flavoured and delicious. They went a little much with the froth on my latte, but I didn’t mind and it didn’t affect the taste. We had a few mishaps with service with coffee not coming (or the wrong ones coming), but overall they were very apologetic for any errors and are only just learning the ropes so we were happy to forgive these small mistakes (side note-many places seem unwilling to apologise or remove things from the bill when they have made their guests wait, brought the wrong items or forgotten things, a small gesture where a server acknowledges an error and compensates for it can make the difference between a returning customer and someone who will never return and spread bad word of mouth). 

The atmosphere was a wonderful blend of multiple conversations, coffee machine noises, kitchen noises and dings from bells. The music was barely heard and needed to be a little louder to help contribute to a faultless atmosphere. 
Needless to say we thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Sir Duke. We are looking forward to trying it for a Thursday night for discounted cocktails and sumptuous food and definitely a return Saturday visit for brunch. Give this new place a try brunchers, it will be a enjoyable and yummy visit. 
Until next weekend, enjoy your brunch, coffee and friends. 
C, J, M & K

Au79, Abbotsford

Au79 at a glance
Service 3.5

Atmosphere 5

Coffee 4.5

Menu 3.5

Food 4

Overall 4.1 avocados 🥑🥑🥑🥑

Located close to the busy Victoria Street, Au79 is a warehouse-turned-eatery in Abbotsford that has some sophisticated funk. Walking into this giant at peak brunch time on a public holiday we weren’t too surprised to find a wait to be seated. What we were a little shocked by was upon being seated that there plenty of empty spaces yet lots of people waiting. The wait wasn’t too long and we got to sit in a funky booth style seat. 

This place is fairly new, only opened within the last few months. The styling inside was the perfect way to utilise a converted warehouse with a very large space to work with. You can definitely book large groups as they have some large communal tables. The styling was definitely modern, fairly white with pops of colour from green and beautiful murals on the walls.

We were served fairly quickly and got our coffees quite promptly. The coffee was on pointe and could barely be faulted. It was full flavoured and just the right caffeine kick you need in the morning or for that afternoon pick me up.

As we waited to be seated we had time to look over the menu. They had a take on eggs benedict, smashed avocado, eggs on toast, big breakfast and granola for the usual suspects. They then had some unusual choices like a Japanese oknomiyaki, roast cauliflower smash and breakfast greens. They also had a lunch items and an extensive drinks menu with some yummy sounding juice blends and smoothies. 
Our friend (and guest reviewer) ordered the Belgian Waffle Balls, served with passionfruit cream, banana compote, fresh pineapple, banana praline and pandan ice cream with a side of bacon. She quite enjoyed these waffles but was not a fan of the ice cream.

Chris created his own meal with scrambled eggs on rye bread served with bacon, avocado and potato hash. The eggs were cooked well and not too rich. They gave you a half a whole avocado which Chris thought was quite generous for the cost. The bacon was cooked a little strange, and was a bit leathery. 

I chose the smashed avocado as the description drew me in. Served with salted ricotta, chilli dukkah, lemon, crispy kale and poached eggs on toasted rye. The chilli kick was perfect, the lemon added the perfect zing and the eggs were perfectly cooked. Only problem I had is that it was served on one large piece of toast when it would have made more sense to be across two slices.

The service lost points as they had to ask for our order more than once due to technical issues with their ordering system and the fact we waited when there were empty tables available. The atmosphere did make up for the service as it was pretty happening and difficult to fault. The place is huge so it’s possible for the atmosphere to get lost in space but these guys have pulled it off nicely. There is a coffee roasting room off to the side that you can take a look see. We were near the kitchen so was able to hear and see the hustle and bustle of the waiters and kitchen crew. There was a second coffee machine towards the back that we could faintly hear and some soft house music playing. 
Despite this place being a fairly new kid on the brunch block it’s done very well to come this way and we predict it will only improve in the future. We would definitely come back to try different items on the menu as there’s lots of potential.
We gave Au79 an impressive 4.1 avocados. If you’re in the area (on your way to IKEA) definitely give this place a try.
We hope you had a fantastic long weekend, until next time, brunch well.