Us Melbournians are crazy about cafes and brunching, but you might be surprised most popular cafes are actually in nearby suburbs but not many are actually in the CBD area. I’m not sure why, but I suspect it’s because people want to get away from the city on their days off and explore a new area. I know that’s how I use to feel, when my office was in the city. But now that I’m working in the suburbs, I will find every excuse to go back into town :)
It’s also nice to know that a few more cafes have popped opened lately in the city, and Operator 25 is one of them. I checked it out with my girls Shellie and Lianne last weekend, I had Operator 25 on my list as others have raved on about it. Situated on the quieter side of the city on Wells St parking was a breeze and getting a table wasn’t too difficult either, which is really nice.
The cafe has a really modern and chic kind of feeling to it, we sat on the end of the bench on these super comfy high chairs. Not too high that I was going to fall off but high enough to allow my legs to swing back and forth comfortable :P
I had a long night, so I ordered a latte to wake me up. They use Code Black coffee beans here at Operator 25. I really liked the pretty and elegant latte art, it was a rather light tasting coffee and quite smooth.
Lianne and Shellie are both Chai girls and got a chai latte. It’s really nice to see that they tried to do latte art on a chai, and I’ve actually never seen it done before. I didn’t try it but it sure smelt lovely and they both seemed to really enjoy it ~
Apparently I ordered the corn fritters last time, so Shellie said it was her time to order them :P Fine by me because I had my eyes on something else :P I managed to score a bite and it was divine. The corn fritters were like fried dumplings with corn pieces all through it and was paired up very well with the avocado mousse and salsa which gave it more flavour.
Eggs Benedict such a classic brunch dish, but it’s hard to find cafes that make a good one. The Hollandaise sauce is either too buttery or too think like mayonnaise, eggs can sometimes be overdone. But we think they NAILED it here! I swear I was getting food envy, the eggs were perfectly poached, the ham was thinly sliced but most importantly was the Hollandaise sauce! So creamy but not too rich or heavy. I also really liked the crispy potato rosti.
Proof that the egg was perfectly poached! Look at this river of york! Classic #yorkporn shot :D
I already knew I wanted to order this before I even looked at the menu, recommended by Ash – Tonka bean and coconut sago, citrus curd and topped with diced mango and pistachio and salted caramel crumbs. Perfect dessert for breakfast dish! Really liked how they used medium sized sagos to give it a more texture, matched with the mango but the salted caramel crumbs was definitely the winner. I want to come back just for this dish again and it’s pretty good value for $9 and was a generous serving.
Shellie then ordered a Piccolo and it came with the cutest little face on it! I’m pretty sure it’s a little kitten with the whiskers and heartshaped face.
Having only one dessert for breakfast wasn’t good enough :P So we shared the Brioche French Toast with baked apple, vanilla mascarpone with maple and raspberry coulis. Shellie and Lianne both thought it was a little too buttery and sweet, while I thought it was just right ~ Having said that I did find the baked apples a little soft and probably too sweet for most people.
Operator25 is a great addition to the brunch scene in the city, serving wholesome and delicious brunch options. I also appreciate that it’s on the quieter side which makes parking a lot easier and not having to wait too long for tables, but I think that’s going to change very soon as more and more people discover them :)