There are two things that I’m loving right now: really bad puns and a really good Eggs Benny.
There’s something so satisfying about the simplicity of poached eggs, great toast, and a side of creamy Hollandaise sauce. If I’m feeling the need for some greens I’ll add a side of spinach to make it an Eggs Florentine or a juice and we’re in business.
While my friends will be in search of flower-covered hot cakes or Melbourne’s best coffee, my quest has led me to search for the best eggs benedict in Melbourne. So, it’s time to get eggy with it…
(Geddit? “Getting ‘eggy’ with it?” 😉 Okay, I’ll stop with the puns.)
Where to find the best eggs benedict in Melbourne
Plain Sailing, Elwood
Go where the crowds go, they say. I spotted this place when I was in Elwood a few weeks ago and it was packed with weekend brunch lovers!
If you order these eggs benedict, on your plate you will get Plane Sailing’s delicious slow cooked pulled pork benedict with sourdough, poached eggs, an apple cider, cornichon and caper hollandaise and an apple salad. It’s like a sunday dinner but for breakfast – delicious!
After chowing down on one of the best eggs benedict in Melbourne, be sure to stop by the local primary school and enjoy the WEEKLY? farmers market!
Plain Sailing, 144 Ormond Road, Elwood 3184
Hawthorn Common, Hawthorn
Situated just a few minutes walk from Glenferrie Train Station and Swinburne University you’ll find this contender.
Sitting atop of of Dr Marty’s crumpet you’ll find tender, succulent ham hock topped with two perfectly poached eggs and
On a nice day, relax on the cafes deck under a black and white stripe umbrella… oh, and maybe returning for a cheeky drink by night!
Hawthorn Common, Level 1, 302 Burwood Road, Hawthorn 3122
The Faculty, Hawthorn
Okay, okay. I’m being a little cheeky by adding a second cafe for Hawthorn, but I discovered this spot a few weeks ago by accident and the Benedict Rosti are simple but so tasty, I couldn’t resist!
In this local gem you’ll find crisp fluffy housemade potato rosti fingers next to poached eggs, hollandaise sauce on sourdough toast. I had bacon when I visited, though I’ve been told they’ve recently added pulled pork to this plate.
This perfectly portioned brekkie will leave your tastebuds singing once you are done!
The Faculty Hawthorn, 302 Barkers Rd, Hawthorn 3122
Coin Laundry Cafe, Armadale
While this former Laundromat-turned-cafe right across the road from Armadale Train Station is best known for their incredible hotcakes, I think they do one of the best eggs benedict in Melbourne.
Taste the sticky pork belly, house kimchi that top two soft poached eggs. Finished with an apple cider hollandaise and refreshing apple, fennel and mint salad. Oh, and there’s toast!
Add a side of spinach, maybe a tomato or two, and now we have a brunch feast!
Coin Laundry Cafe, 61 Armadale Street, Armadale 3143
While I usually frequent south-side cafes, I couldn’t pass up the chance to visit Tinker – recently announced as Australia’s most Instagrammed location! – on my search to find the best eggs benedict in Melbourne.
While they’re known for their moist and utterly indulgent Jaffa Hotcakes, I instead decided to go with a spicy waffle eggs benedict.
Pulled smoked beef brisket, two poached eggs, a generous smattering of watercress, and a huge spoonful of chipotle hollandaise next to a side of sweet potato crisps; all on top of a cheddar cornbread waffle. Recommended served with mushrooms – yum!
Tinker, 235 High Street, Northcote 3070
When asking friends about where to find the best eggs benedict in Melbourne, they urged me that no round-up is complete without Melbourne’s Journeyman.
The Journeyman Eggs Benedict is a classic
(PS: Don’t be confused by their website and what Google says. They say they’re located in Prahran online but they aren’t. They’re at the Prahran end of Windsor, almost on the corner of Chapel St & High St, right next door to Borsch, Vodka & Tears.)
Journeyman, 169 Chapel St, Windsor 3181
Top Paddock, Richmond
Ahhh, this old tried and true. There’s a reason many of Melburnians are so loyal to this cafe.
Located just over the river from South Yarra, Top Paddock is best known for their insta-perfect blueberry hotcakes but I prefer something savoury for brunch.
A thick cut of rendered pork belly lays a stride housemade kimchi and two poached eggs. Topped with a light yet creamy Hollandaise and sided with potato rosti.
Their menu is seasonal so while it may be pulled pork this month, it could be something different the next. Is this the best cafe in Richmond? I’ll let you be the judge!
Top Paddock, 658 Church Street, Richmond 3121
The 1000 Steps Cafe, Upper Ferntree Gully
It’s something of a tradition for people who spend their weekend morning taking on the Kokoda Memorial Tack, better known as 1000 Steps, in the Dandenong Ranges National Park to head to the 1000 Steps Cafe to have a coffee and their light and fluffy pancakes. Me? All I wanted was there tried and trusted eggs benny.
The Steps Benedict is about as Aussie as they come. Free range poached eggs sitting astride sliced avocado, free-range ham, and an english muffin. A warm hollandaise sauce dribbled over the top finishes this dish.
Simple and fresh. Pair with one of their strong lattes and you’ll power through the rest of your day!
The 1000 Steps Cafe, Mount Dandenong Tourist Rd, Upper Ferntree Gully 3156
(The cafe is located within the carpark area.)
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