Sunday, 7 August 2011

baked beans and the search for melbourne's best brunch




I'm house-sitting in Richmond at the moment, so this morning I was completely spoilt for choice for great brunch cafes. Within walking distance, we headed to Richmond Hill Cafe & Larder in Bridge rd. This Richmond institution is a wine and foodies delight so be prepared to wait for a table if you go on the weekend. They have an excellent selection of local and imported ingredients on their menu and although it was tough to choose, we both opted for 'something different'. I ordered baked borlotti beans with tomato, ham hock, maple syrup, gratinated Taleggio, basil pesto and a poached egg that was beautifully round and soft in the centre. It was served with grilled, seasoned organic sourdough, which was a real highlight of the dish and something I'm going to have to try and make at home. The beans were rich and full of flavour, solidifying this as a dish I would return for any day. Another highlight of the menu, the Rodriguez eggs, were devoured by my husband. Baked free range eggs, served with chorizo and tomato ragu, Kipfler potatoes, baby spinach, fresh ricotta and coriander, again with grilled sourdough on the side. We were also thoroughly impressed with our piccolo latte, T2 green tea, Italian blood orange juice and Greenwood's biodynamic apple juice. A total of $63.40 and worth every penny. Not your traditional breakfast and a serious contender for my favourite brunch in Melbourne to date. 

The Dreamer x
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