CHAPLAIN’S OFFICE: Have you ever had brunch in a church? Because Chaplain’s Office, just like it says in its name, is just that! A cosy brunch cafe in a brick-lined hut nestled near a church just near Glenferrie Road. And the result? A delicious and innovative brunch menu that just proves to you every time that Melbourne cafes have the ability to surprise and delight.
The good fat: The dishes were a hit from start to finish. The vegetable ragout in the 5 a day with eggs was everything that a winter warmer should be. Soft, slow cooked veggies in a warm tomato sauce, with a refreshing dollop of cumin yoghurt and pomegranate – this combo made for a classic Middle Eastern styled, shakshouka-like breakfast especially when gazing out to see the gloomy Melbourne skies outside.
The smoked kingfish was another highlight – whilst the serving size was definitely quite small, the panko crumbed sweet potato did wonders. A light crunchiness on the outside served the softness of the sweet potato inside perfectly. The kingfish was a delicious slice of smoked heaven and the kewpie mayo gave this a classic Japanese twist!
So happy to have also ended on a delicious note with the coconut panna cotta! The richness of the coconut in the panna cotta was extremely well balanced, and the crunchy granola that surrounded surprisingly worked even more deliciously when we poured the milk around it. Sticky-glazed, slightly charred banana? That was also a unique twist that made my palate a very happy person.
The bad fat: As mentioned before, the portion of the wakame salad was definitely on the small side…
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
YES! New kid on the block, Chaplain’s Office is definitely an up and rising star to Melbourne brunch because their creative spin on standard cafe affairs is delicious!
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2wofatgirls would like to thank Chaplain’s Office for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration.