|Brioche Pain Perdu|
Located in the bottom of a warehouse building Breakfast Thieves has an industrial feel with exposed brick walls, light bulbs dangling from the ceiling and metal edged tables. There’s space for outdoor seating on the pavement and a couple of big tables for groups or communal dining. I went there for brunch with my friend Tans and we perched ourselves at one of the bar tables which line the cafe’s windows.
|Inside the Breakfast Thieves – love the big communal tables and whiskey decanters for water bottles|
The menu adopts the twee or amusing practice (depending on your view) of giving dishes titles that reflect the cafe’s name so instead of baked eggs there is “The Pickpocket” and rather than spaghetti bolognese there is “Don Corelone”.
|“Ned Kelly” mushrooms with poached eggs and polenta|
Steering clear of the novelty names I ordered the pain perdu ($15) which was made with fluffy, thick brioche topped with slow cooked caramalised apples and mascarpone cream. A scattering of pistachio nuts added a bit of textural contrast to this sweet, sticky but delicious confection.
On the savoury side the “Ned Kelly” ($17.50) was piled with pan fried mushrooms, baked wedges of polenta and two poached eggs. It was a great combination but unfortunately the eggs were overcooked to the point that the yolks were completely hard rather than runny. Hopefully just a misfire in the cafe’s first week.
|Coffee by the Social Roasting Company|
Crucially the coffee ($3.50) was sensational. Creamy, smooth and on the mild side the coffee at Breakfast Thieves comes from the Social Roasting Company. The cafe also offers homemade biscuits and sweet things including some of the biggest Anzac biscuits ($3) I have ever seen.
|Croissants and home made cookies line the counter|
Apart from the overcooked eggs our brunch was top notch. I will be back although that is partially a reflection on the quality food and coffee and partially a reflection on just how close Breakfast Thieves is located to Tans’ flat. Although I briefly considered not paying for our meal in keeping with the “thieves” theme you will be glad to know I decided against it.
Details: Breakfast Thieves, 420 Gore Street, Fitzroy 3065
Damage: Reasonable. Our bill came to $32.50 for two.