City Brunching – Operator 25

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 :)

Operator 25

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.

Operator 25

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

Latte $3.8

Latte $3.8

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.

Chai Latte $4

Chai Latte $4

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 ~

Sweet corn fritters, avocado mousse, fried eg, tomato and coriander salsa $16

Sweet corn fritters, avocado mousse, fried eg, tomato and coriander salsa $16

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.

House Benedict with Potato rosti, ham, poached eggs and Chives Hollandaise Sauce $15

House Benedict with Potato rosti, ham, poached eggs and Chives Hollandaise Sauce $15

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.

#YORKPORN

#YORKPORN

Proof that the egg was perfectly poached! Look at this river of york! Classic #yorkporn shot :D

Tonka Bean and coconut sago, citrus curd, mango and pistachio and salted caramel crumbs $9

Tonka Bean and coconut sago, citrus curd, mango and pistachio and salted caramel crumbs $9

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.

Piccolo $3.8

Piccolo $3.8

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.

Brioche French Toast with Baked apple, vanilla mascarpone, maple and raspberry coulis $15

Brioche French Toast with Baked apple, vanilla mascarpone, maple and raspberry coulis $15

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 :)

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30 thoughts on “City Brunching – Operator 25

  1. JulieK October 28, 2013 at 11:34 am Reply

    I think the lack of ‘weekend brunch’ cafes in the city (particularly at the top of the CBD) has more to do with the lack of customers (i.e.. better to open on a weekday when the suits are in town and focus on the work breakfast/lunch crowds), and the fact that rents are usually MUCH lower in the suburbs – rather than people not wanting to be in town on the weekend!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 28, 2013 at 11:36 am Reply

      Thanks for the comment :) Of course rent is expensive and parking but at the same time I know many people who work in the city and really want to explore other areas on the weekend ~ Would be nice to have more brunch places in the city though cuz I love the hustle and bustle energy!

  2. hotlyspiced October 28, 2013 at 11:39 am Reply

    I love everything about this restaurant, right from the name and the menu. All the breakfast options look incredible and I would have a tough time deciding between the corn fritters and the eggs benedict – I might have to order both! xx

  3. Tina @ bitemeshowme October 28, 2013 at 11:58 am Reply

    Food looks amazing here. I find even in Sydney most of the good cafés are not quite in cbd. Never really thought of the reason why though. But it is interesting …

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 31, 2013 at 3:25 pm Reply

      Yeah i find it quite interesting too but I really think it’s because of rent and people just want to go somewhere new on the weekends which is understandable :)

  4. Keren October 28, 2013 at 12:41 pm Reply

    I’m with you, now that I don’t work in the CBD any more I’m much more interested in heading in there on the weekend. That said, these guys are ridiculously close to where I used to work and look like they could have easily become a favourite!

    P.S. Had me some delicious gelato on the weekend :)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 31, 2013 at 3:18 pm Reply

      I’m so glad you went to Gelato World I went on Sunday too but so many people I didn’t really get to try many places and just left super sad :(

      • Keren November 15, 2013 at 11:27 am Reply

        Awww, that’s a real pity. I think the rain and cold kept some of the crowd away on Saturday which really helped.

  5. Peggy October 28, 2013 at 12:58 pm Reply

    I want try this cafes when I’m here!!!! They follow me on Instagram. haha

  6. grabyourfork October 28, 2013 at 1:20 pm Reply

    The hollandaise sounds amazing and how cute is the latte art!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 29, 2013 at 12:56 am Reply

      The hollandaise sauce was the BEST! :) I love the latte art too hehe ~ super cute!

  7. Nami | Just One Cookbook October 28, 2013 at 3:33 pm Reply

    I’m so jealous of your brunch here! Australia has so many nice cafes and new places like this, and so fun for young people! And that house Benedict… my gosh. That picture itself worth a lot!!! I wish I can have brunch with you! ;)

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 29, 2013 at 12:55 am Reply

      Aww Nami I’m sure there are plenty of good cafes where you live too ~ You just need to find time to explore with your family hehe :) I’d love to meet and brunch with you too! One day I’ll definitely come visit you! xx

  8. viveka October 29, 2013 at 12:54 am Reply

    Love to eat brunch …. and I could have chose anything here – House Benedict with Potato rosti, I could glad had for my dinner this evening. Great review again.

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 31, 2013 at 3:13 pm Reply

      Thank you for the support :) I think the benedict was lovely too and would totally want to go back just to have some more Hollandaise sauce hehe ~

  9. Choc Chip Uru October 29, 2013 at 6:36 am Reply

    Mmmm Sydney just doesn’t seem to offer that kind of choice, this cafe looks scrumptious for your brunch! Jealous :P

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 31, 2013 at 3:14 pm Reply

      Thanks Uru :) How have you been lately? Don’t be jealous because you guys in Sydney have a lot of great cafes too have you checked out Devon Cafe?

  10. Hannah October 29, 2013 at 9:55 am Reply

    The plating is utterly gorgeous.

  11. milkteaxx October 29, 2013 at 10:42 am Reply

    your instagram of endless amount of cafe foods always make me salivate, wish sydney had such an extensive choice!

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 31, 2013 at 3:15 pm Reply

      You guys do :) I get really jealous of Sydney bloggers and the cafes you guys have and OMG i need to visit Blackstar hehe ~

  12. Libby October 29, 2013 at 10:58 am Reply

    I keep telling myself that I’d check this place out before work, but I never wake up early enough! :( I’ve decided that I will get the French toast with bacon on the side… I wonder if they’ll let me take away the Tonka bean and coconut sago dessert though hehe.

    • theragingcook October 29, 2013 at 10:49 pm Reply

      Do it!!! :D

    • Daisy@Nevertoosweet October 31, 2013 at 3:15 pm Reply

      I’m sure they will just ask :) They’re really nice and let me know when you wanna do breakfast because I am willing to wake up super early for food hahah :)

  13. theragingcook October 29, 2013 at 10:50 pm Reply

    I love this place hahahaha addicted lol

  14. GourmetGetaways (@GourmetGetaway) November 3, 2013 at 5:54 pm Reply

    Oh how YUM! I loved your egg yolk shot…. I wanted to lick it!!

  15. msihua (@msihua) November 4, 2013 at 11:27 am Reply

    Need to check them out this weekend.. wheeeee

  16. m0neek November 6, 2013 at 8:17 pm Reply

    The eggs benedict look so picture perfect! Even better that it comes with rosti hehe, love your yolkporn picture!

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