One of the main things I miss about living in Melbourne is brunch. I am on holidays in Melbourne at the moment getting organised for my wedding in a weeks time and have been trying to eat as much brunch as is physically possible. Hopefully my wedding dress will still fit! As well as revisiting old favourites I have been pleased to discover some new brunch hot spots in Melbourne such as Three Bags Full in Abbotsford which has only been open for a few weeks.
Abbotsford local Jo discovered Three Bags Full around the corner from her place and took me and our friend Clare there. The cafe is housed in a brick warehouse building that used to be a hat factory. It is a bright, airy room with high ceilings and polished concrete floors. Seating made out of old street signs is a quirky touch that injects a bit of character and there are lots of great details such as lights made out of coffee cups and vases full of beautiful native flowers. Seating is split between individual tables and a long communal bench which we pulled up a stool at. Complimentary tap water is instantly provided (one of the reasons I love Melbourne cafes) in old Northern Territory draft bottles which is a humorous touch.
In true Melbourne fashion breakfast is served all day but there is also a separate lunch section of the menu offering salads and baguettes along with a specials board. The food on offer is inventive and playful. Dishes such as sticky black ginger bread with roasted plums and mascarpone ($13.50) walk a fine line between breakfast and dessert. Fruit salad ($9) came in a generous serving topped with greek yoghurt but could have done with the addition of some honey or nuts.
Smoked salmon with pea, fetta and corn fritter
The dish with real wow factor was the cured smoked salmon served folded on top of a pea, fetta and corn fritter with a large wedge of avocado ($15.50). Three Bags Full cures its own salmon and then the fritter is oven baked and served warm. The result is sensational and one of the best brunch dishes I have had.
Three Bags Full takes its coffee seriously as well offering Five Senses coffee and a Clover machine. They have even custom designed two blends especially for the cafe. This attention to detail shows and Jo’s latte was perfectly judged. With new cafes such as Three Bags Full opening it seems that brunch in Melbourne is even better than I remembered. Lucky Melburnians.
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Essentials: 56 Nicholson Street, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia (Ph +61 3 9421 2732)
If you are looking for a Melbourne style brunch in London try the Australian run cafe Lantana.