Café Melbourne is a Montréal-based café inspired by the café and brunch culture of Melbourne, Australia. My dad grew up in Australia and I still go back there every year to visit my sister. I can confirm that the brunch scene there is miles ahead of the world and I am so happy Café Melbourne is bringing that to Canada.
I have been to café Melbourne on a number of occasions for their flat whites because we all know that the Aussies do it best. I also come for the posters screaming dry sarcasm that anyone who has grown up British or Australian know very well (my oh my do I love witty comebacks).
Nonetheless, this was my first time trying their brunch and after seeing it over and over on Instagram, not only was I excited but I had very high expectations because everything looked so delicious.
We started off with the Tumeric Latte that my friend Karen had chosen. This was such a common sight in Sydney when I was there in January. Tumeric is really great for your body. It has a lot of anti-inflammatory benefits.
This latte in particular was very creamy, as a tumeric latte should be. The tumeric taste is really strong though! You’ve been warned!
I had the Lucky Charms Hot Chocolate instead. This was all over Instagram and it looked somewhat nostalgic – brings me back to when I was 8 or so. I expected it to be super sweet but fortunately it wasn’t diabetically sweet. It was balanced and hot – perfect for a cold Spring day.
Then came our brunch! The moment we were waiting for 😉
The service was quick and the dishes came out perhaps 5-10 minutes after we had sat down.
We had the Jungle Bird which is only available for a limited amount of time. We found out that the meat is fresh from Grinder at Griffintown and we instantly knew we were going to have a good time.
This breakfast burger was very filling. The meat was perfectly juicy, firm and resembled the amazing beef we have in Australia too. We loved the touch of pineapple and hint of blackberry jam to balance the savoury. The brioche also melts in your mouth.
The only critique we could give were the sweet potato tater tots. We loved that it was sweet potato but we wished it could have been crispier!
Then we dug into the Toastie, as recommended by the team because it is greasy, cheesy… how can you go wrong with that, right?
And true enough, we loved it. The bread, once again, was crunchy yet soft and was filled with just the right amount of mozzarella cheese, chicken and… curry! The curry melted my heart. The fried egg flowed with yolk which made our mouth water and last but not least, the figs went hand in hand with this star too.
For dessert we had the much talked about donuts from Leche Desserts and oh my god, they were amazing!
We were impressed by the brunch here and I am excited for what is to come. The menu changes from time to time but the Smashed Avocado ($17.00) is an Australian classic. It is here all the time. It is definitely something you should try because their representation of an avo toast in Australia is pretty accurate.
Café Melbourne is definitely one of my top brunch places in Montreal now. You have to drop by this gem in le plateau, especially if you are Australian. This place has got our native tongue written all over it and I love it. The service is also fast, friendly, impeccable and damn, if you’ve never tried a flat white in your life, let it be Café Melbourne that serves you your first one!
This place is not only amazing for brunch in the weekends but also great for studying over coffee in the week days.
Until next time!
Expected Wallet Damage: $$-$$$
Contact: no reservations! they are super responsive on Facebook/Instagram too
Opening Hours: Mon – Fri 9AM – 5PM, Brunch on the weekend 10AM – they run out of food
Perfect For: Birthdays, Brunch Dates, Sundays, Studying (on the week days), Conversations over Coffee
Where: 4615 St Laurent Blvd, Montreal, QC H2T 1R2