Looking for a new weekend brunch spot? Port Melbourne has some hidden food gems! These 7 dishes will have you drooling all the way to the Spirit of Tasmania.
Sidenote: I’ve cheated and thrown in a couple of places that are technically South Melbourne but they’re super close to the border!
1. Housemade Cornbread – FOXTROT
1/204 Gladstone St, South Melbourne
This housemade cornbread with bacon, tomato and avocado salsa and sour cream is smashing. It’s not often that you come across cornbread in Melbourne so it was a pleasant surprise finding it on the menu! In addition to this dish, Foxtrot has great coffee, friendly staff and delicious sweet treats including daily special muffins (if you’re lucky, you’ll come in on a chocolate and peanut butter day).
2. Honey Roasted Pumpkin & Quinoa Salad – STATION STREET TRADING COMPANY
166 Station St, Port Melbourne
It’s not often that I’m in the mood for a salad but ordering this one feels like a treat. It’s honey roasted pumpkin and quinoa with dried fruits, almonds, herbs and preserved lemon labneh. If you’re a pumpkin-lover like me, this will make your taste buds sing. Station Street also has a great chia pudding and some tasty sweet-corn and herb fritters.
3. Classic Cheeseburger – JIMMY THE SAINT
15 Gladstone St, South Melbourne
It’s very often that I’m in the mood for a burger but am rarely left satisfied. This classic cheeseburger is simple and delicious, comes with a very generous serving of crunchy fries and is very satisfying. Jimmy the Saint is a fantastic spot with a menu that boasts a fun selection of jaffles, addictive homemade red lentil patties and The Kilimanjaro Brownie.
4. Banana Pancakes – GREY AND BLISS
193 -197 Bay St, Port Melbourne
In the words of Leslie Knope, “Why would anybody ever eat anything besides breakfast food?” Pancakes are for all the time. These are topped with grilled banana, Canadian maple bacon and honeycomb cream. Grey and Bliss also have some refreshing juices jam-packed with healthy stuff.
5. Mac and Cheese Jaffle – LITTLE ROSE
309 Bay St, Port Melbourne
This is exactly what it looks like. A jaffle stuffed with ham and mac and cheese and a side of potato gems on a stick! Because sometimes you just need a carb hug. Also, you can’t go to Little Rose without ordering one of their gourmet milkshakes (toasted marshmallow and peach Melba to name a couple).
*Edit 05/04/16: After a revamp, the mac and cheese jaffles have fallen off the menu but never fear, there are other equally delicious options available (to name a few: roasted mushroom and Gruyere, Mexican chilli beef and smokey BBQ pulled pork)!
6. Mixed Mushrooms – HURRICANE HANDSOME
329 Bay St, Port Melbourne
If you love mushrooms, look no further for your fix. These confit garlic and thyme butter mushrooms are served with a poached egg, polenta chips and a brioche bun. I just added a potato and herb rosti cause there wasn’t enough on the plate already. Everything works really well together! I would order it a million times more.
7. Buttermilk Pancakes – ROCK PAPER SCISSORS
136-138 Rouse St, Port Melbourne
These buttermilk pancakes come with grilled banana, strawberries, kiwi fruit, goji berries, double cream, maple syrup and a sprinkling of shaved honeycomb. I can’t fault it. It’s indulgent but not sickening. A perfect cure for Monday-itis or the Hump Day blues or just a special treat. Also worth a mention is the sweet potato hash with grilled chorizo – yum!
Do you have any Port Melbourne recommendations for me?