A couple of weekends ago I went to Melbourne to visit my sister and celebrate her birthday. We had a humongous list of restaurants and cafes we wanted to try but had to narrow it down to a handful. I got there on Saturday morning and left on Sunday night, so we figured we could fit in 6 meals, but we were wrong! We ate so much we could only do 2 meals per day.
I was given breakfast on the plane, which I didn’t touch. I had ordered the gluten free option, which was a banana, a muffin and a small tub of lite soy milk. Fortunately, I had packed a pouch of almond butter. My sister met me at the train station and we headed to the Buddhist centre, where I was staying. I left my stuff and off we went to grab brunch at Third Wave Cafe. I must admit I was a little underwhelmed by the decor and the fact that we were the only customers there.
They serve American BBQ-type fare with two bonuses: a paleo section in the menu and almond milk for coffee.
Almond milk latte ($4.50?), long black ($3.80)
We shared the spicy ratatouille baked eggs with eggplant, zucchini, red peppers, tomatoes, Herbes de Provence, and spicy beef brisket (lamb shoulder and salmon were the other meat options), and the Texan fry up: slow smoked brisket pan-fried with sweet potato and butter mushrooms in house-made tangy tomato relish topped with a poached egg. Both meals were super tasty and massive. Probably the best meal I had on this trip.
Spicy Ratatouille Baked Eggs ($19.90)
Texan Fry Up ($22.90)
Third Wave Cafe
30 Cato Street
(03) 8899 6658