I was fortunate enough to visit Melbourne over the last long weekend (in June) where the whole weekend consisted of eating, walking, and more eating. I’m pretty sure that we were never hungry, and only full/full to bursting.
So anyway, my Melbourne posts are all going to be out of order but don’t worry, they’re all delicious!
On our last day in Melbourne, we visited a cafe that was recommended by 3 different people.
There is already a line formed at 9:30 – and the waitstaff writes your name in chalk on the open brick wall outside. However, it would be a lot more efficient if people could just write their name down themselves. Anyway, we hear that the wait is 15 minutes, so we come back in 10 and lo and behold…our table HAS BEEN GIVEN AWAY! But in another 5 minutes, one frees up. So I suppose it was a 15 minute wait after all, haha.
This cafe has a great selection of regular breakfast items such as muesli and egg variations, but the real star are the bagels.
Service is fast and friendly. Before bagels, we start with drinks! I ordered a chai latte which comes with a side of honey – I like the use of the dipper compared to a spoon. I think it’s a bit weak as it doesn’t have a great spice hit. But that might be because I’m used to the syrup based chai.
calmer sutra chai latte – $4
My friend chose a mocha which she said was, and I quote “the best mocha I have ever had”. I tried it, and I concur. It was so smooth and had a subtle coffee hit. It was so good I ordered one to go after we’d finished our brunch.
mocha – $4
After the drinks was the main event – the bagels. Though, we did have a case of food envy when we spied someone’s bircher muesli.
open bagel | grilled chorizo, tasty cheese, sliced tomate (omitted), roasted capsicum and tomato relish – $14
Golly gosh this was perfect. The chewy bagel, the melty cheese, the spiced chorizo, and the sweetness from the capsicum and relish. It was fantastic. The side salad was probably the first proper vegetable based food item we’d seen all weekend.
closed bagel – sliced hungarian salami, bocconcini, basil pesto & rocket – $11
This was also really good – springy bocconcini, a good pesto is always appreciated, and the salami and rocket worked together really well. Entirely satisfying. I love bagels.
And that was our last brunch in Melbourne! I’m so glad that we visited Manchester Press. It was amazing.
It has a great interior too – giant wall hangings and an almost ‘industrial’ feel
8 Rankins Lane
Mon – Fri | 7AM – 5PM
Sat – Sun | 9AM – 5PM
Ph – 03 9600 4054
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