Whether you're after a healthy start to your morning or a delightfully naughty weekend brunch, Melbourne's restaurants are ready to step up to the plate. When you've woken up on the hangry side of the bed, there's nothing like a well-rounded brekkie to sort you out. Here are a few of the tastiest to fuel you up for the day.
For a classic breakfast cooked to perfection, it doesn't get much better than Hobba. Chef Josh Powell has paid his dues at high-end eateries like Vue De Monde and the Fat Duck, so he knows a thing or two about technique. Something as simple as the poached egg is taken very seriously here, done at the perfect 62.5 degrees. The end result is the golden ratio of creamy white to thick yolk. Order one on top of your avocado smash, which also comes with Yarra Valley feta and pomegranate seeds. Those who like their breakfasts on the sweet side can't miss with the Hobba hotcakes, stuffed with ricotta and smothered in maple syrup, vanilla mascarpone and seasonal berries with honeycomb.
2. Le Bon Ton Breakfast Burrito Company
It's all about the little things in life, right? Like burritos for breakfast. Whether you had a few too many last night or simply woke up with an appetite, there's nothing like a breakfast burrito to get you back on track. Le Bon Ton Breakfast Burrito Company is a genius little venture, focusing on the smoky flavours of the American South. These burritos are stuffed with drool-inspiring fillings like pulled pork shoulder, slow cooked picante black beans, roasted red peppers and scrambled eggs. With a bevy of hot sauces to choose from, you'll be ready to get the day off to a spicy start.
3. Murray's Food Store
Breakfast doesn't have to be overly complicated. Murray's Food Store serves bagels and pies for days, along with fresh juices, smoothies and pastries. It's housed in a former milk bar, and pays tribute to this fact with a selection of old-fashioned lollies and groceries on offer. The bagel selection ranges from simple (plain bagel with cream cheese) to fancy (cured lamb with beetroot relish, pickles and gruyere). And if you're feeling a tad delicate this morning, Murray's will send you a hangover pack complete with a breakfast pie, green juice and Berocca.
4. Drugstore Espresso
Looking for something on the lighter side before showing off your beach bod? Get your day off to a clean start at Drugstore Espresso. Bircher muesli and superfood cereal provide crunchy bowls of goodness, while the Acai breakfast bowl ticks all the health-food boxes with its blend of mixed berries, chia seeds and coconut. Go green with savoury dishes like the macro bowl. It blends brown rice with chickpeas, pumpkin and plenty of fresh veg in a miso dressing. You can also indulge your sweet tooth here with guilt-free treats like coconut yogurt breakfast cookies or vegan protein balls. Naturally, there's a full menu of energizing fresh juices to wash it all down.
5. South Society Café Eatery
Some days call for a lie in. On days like these, South Society Café Eatery knows what's up. They deliver breakfast until 3pm to cater to the more leisure-minded among us. If you've got an appetite, take on the challenge of the brekkie burger with its mountain of fillings on a charcoal bun. The big breakfast is also aces, with fried eggs with bacon, chorizo, roasted tomato, hash browns and confit mushrooms. Morning faves like ricotta hotcakes, scrambled eggs and avo toast round out the sizeable options at this classy café.