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Breakfast Smoothie – $10.0

STOVETOP, CARLTON:  High ceilings, rustic vibes, coupled with multi-textured interior décor, Stove Top is situated in an ideal Carlton location, nestled between the bustling campus of University of Melbourne and a short walk away from Royal Melbourne Hospital – and this is what makes it the perfect spot for a relaxing lunch getaway with colleagues either for a warm, fresh cuppa or some delicious brunch. Surprised with the quantity of Asian fusion-styled options on the menu, I was even happier with the complexity and combination of flavours Stovetop was able to provide. It’s such a close walk from uni, I can’t wait to make this my go-to breakfast spot in future.

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Crispy Skin Salmon Fillet w. Soba Noodle – $20.0

The good fat: Stovetop was a rare café that did both of my ABSOLUTELY favourite go-to dishes with such high execution. The crispy pork belly on the rice was fried to perfection – crunchy, melt-in-the-mouth skin, and a flavoursome pork that pulled apart easily with the fork. This was all on a bed of lightly curried, stir-fry styled rice with some classic Asian veggies.

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Crispy Pork Belly w. Basmati Rice, Red Curry, Snake Beans – $18.5

Finding out that Stovetop has a rotating specials menu, we opted for the pan-fried crispy skin salmon – another one of my favourite options. But this time, it was plated with some cold, spicy soba noodles. The noodles were light and smooth in texture, definitely a refreshing palate combination with the tender chunks of salmon that fell apart at the touch of my fork.

Brunch in Melbourne now cannot be complete without a sweet dessert waffle end – and so it was the Nutella waffles we opted for. The highlight was definitely the mildly honey-ed, vanilla icecream blend that was such a creamy addition to the crispy exterior of the Nutella waffles, which were, of course, warm and fluffy inside. The portion size was also perfect, as the waffles weren’t too thick or filling.

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Chocolate and Espresso Waffles – $16.0

The bad fat: The rice was a little dry, especially in comparison to the beautiful, light moistness of the soba noodles that we were treated to with the salmon. The nutella on the side of the waffles was also quite sweet and sticky, and perhaps a light chocolate drizzle or ganache would suffice as the chocolate flavours from the waffle were already very aromatic.

SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE? ABSOLUTELY! I rarely find such high quality place so close to uni that have managed to present such delicious Asian fusion combinations at reasonable prices!


2wofatgirls would like to thank Stovetop for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration

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