Three Bags Full

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.
Fruit salad
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)
Damage: Reasonable
If you are looking for a Melbourne style brunch in London try the Australian run cafe Lantana.

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  1. Well I didn’t know you were Australian and I didn’t know you were getting married. Hope you are having a wonderful time over there! I need to visit Lantana, I keep hearing great things about it.

  2. Hey, I hope all the best on your big day! Really pleased for you. Luiz @ The London Foodie

  3. Brunch is just one of those things that is so much better down under. I’m still gutted that I ddn’t make a note of a place I went to a few years back in Melbourne, superior bacon & eggs washed down with a long black.

  4. Descriptions of the restaurant and food aside, your photos are what really get me. It just looks so sunny and lovely! On that basis alone, I’d go. : ) I, too, was thinking last night about how much I miss brunches (it’s predictably rainy here in London), so I dropped by the Wolseley for a dinner of eggs benedict. Delish, but not the same as “having brunch.”

  5. Wow GC, that smoked salmon looks to die for. I’ve been following your tweets about your trip, so jealous. I’m planning to spend New Year and next Jan in Australia and cannot wait to go to Melbourne. Brunch is the best! Good luck for the big day!

  6. wow I like your blog so much!
    I will try some of your recipes ^_^

  7. I think the regular Gourmet Australian chik is much popular among the fellow Australians do i never recognized the dish just by looking at it but i can definatley get the taste of it and what nice if we had a old french red wine in the table.

  8. Sounds like a fabulous place & that salmon looks amazing! Great photos too – thanks for sharing:)

  9. Sarah – Well you just found out two new things then, thanks for your wishes and yes I am having a great time.

    Luiz – thanks so much.

    Mr Noodles – I agree. Let me know if you can remember the name.

    An American in London – I hate to say it but it really is lovely and sunny – such a nice change!

    Boo – wow that sounds like a nice long holiday – I will be able to give you lots of tips and there are some great food blogs in Australia as well to help research your trip.

    Michi – thanks very much, good luck

    Replica bags – thank you

    Stephanie – the salmon was amazing I am already planning when I can go back (two visits so far in my three weeks in Melbourne).

  10. Bring brunch back here!
    Finally got to Lantana recently and it made me SO home sick for brunch and coffee!!
    Enjoy your wedding

  11. Lex – I know Lantana does a very Melbourne/Sydney brunch – I hope it catches on more in London

  12. I’m still gutted that I ddn’t make a note of a place I went to a few years back in Melbourne, superior bacon & eggs washed down with a long black.

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