one of the reasons i've been blog absent of late is that i've been on holidays. the boy and i spent a week in melbourne. i used to be organised enough to schedule a post or two but not anymore it seems.
anyway, point of the trip (in addition to the simple yet important 'just because') was one, the australian open and two, the great ocean road.
more about that later. for now, i'd like to discuss food.
i love brunching. it's my favourite meal to share with friends. it's my favourite meal to enjoy alone. i'll usually brunch at least once each week and i've tested plenty of sydney spots. my favourite, although it's not an easy pick, is probably redfern's baffi and mo. try the eggs baffi, the hash stack, the baked eggs (the boy rarely orders anything else), the ricotta pancakes w lemon curd...you won't be sorry.
that said, and as much as i really do adore b&m, in three days melbourne served up two of the best brunches i've ever experienced. ever.
let's start in hawthorn. i was so excited to try porgie + mr jones because my beautiful friend georgie is, in fact, porgie. i was thrilled that when georgie and i caught up later i was able to wax lyrical without even a hint of embellishment.
the atmos, the style, the service, the menu and, oh so importantly, the coffee and the food: so impressive.
porgie had recommended the smashed avo or banana bread and, when i laid eyes on the menu, they were the exact items which appealed the most regardless of the advice.
sweet or savory? sweet or savory? first world problems.
decision = smashed avo w thyme buttered mushroom, marinated feta + torn basil on wholegrain toast. and yes, i added the poached egg (hush. i'm on holidays).
although i am sure i'd have felt the same about the toasted banana bread w maple syrup mascarpone, fresh banana, berry compote + crushed pistachio.
for the boy: folded scrambles w fresh herbs and holy goats cheese on wholegrain. more yum.
if you're in melbourne, get there.
also, get here. richmond hill cafe & larder.
for me it was the bircher muesli w strawberries, toasted almonds and richmond hill's vanilla bean yogurt. bircher's a pretty standard menu item and i've tried it in plenty of places. it's never tasted this good before.
the boy went for the baghdad eggs (w lemon, garlic, cumin and mint on grilled flatbread) and they were amazing. ah.maze.ing. i would have had food envy but i was too busy loving my muesli.
cheese lover that i am, we didn't really take advantage of the larder but the display did look spectacular. still, we were en route to the oz open and i don't think 500g of stilton would have survived a day in rod laver arena. next time.
and, on that note, i'm hungry.