At the risk of sounding like a basic Melbourne millennial, I am proud to admit that it had been exactly 9 months since my last brunch – until we had the post-lockdown luxury of visiting Arcadia Cafe in Fitzroy, and am I glad that this was the cafe we chose. With the turmoils of 2020 hopefully far behind us, we indulged in our breakfast within the fresh and cool morning breeze of Melbourne, sitting on the outdoor seats of Arcadia Cafe and the bustling backdrop of the hipster Fitzroy streets.
The phrases that I had once been so accustomed to, like “sesame kale”, “beetroot hummus”, “garlic potato rosti” and the good old “smashed avocado pesto” seemed like exotic combinations of words that required some time for my brain to process to figure out the flavour combinations. But there was no other way to ease back from my 9 month brunch hiatus then a classic cafe salad.
The good fat: After much deliberation, I settled on the Nourish Bowl ($18.5) – a colourful and refreshing bowl of delicious vegetarian ingredients that somehow all complemented each other. The light crunch from the sesame kale, the sweet moisture of the roasted beetroot, and the sourness from the pickled cabbage, worked so nicely with the fresh bursts of cherry tomatos and an sauteed mushrooms (an absolute favourite of mine). Of course, loved the subtle flavours of the pumpkin hummus which gave a bit more substance and “carb-y” feeling to the Nourish Bowl.
Whilst I didn’t try much of the Corn Fritter Stack ($23.5) – my friend was an absolute fan! The portion sizes from Arcadia Cafe are all very generous and it really has a bit of everything you could ask for in a hearty brunch. The stack is an impressive tower of rocket cherry tomato salad, smashed avo, bacon and topped off with two perfectly poached eggs. This would be my recommendation for a satisfyingly filling start to the day!
The bad fat: The corn fritters from Arcadia cafe themselves were a bit on the thick and dense, starchy side, which just based on personal preference, I enjoy the thinner crispy style.
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2wofatgirls would like to thank Arcadia Cafe, Fitzroy for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration.
HUNGRY FOR MORE? READ ABOUT MY PREVIOUS MELBOURNE BRUNCH HERE (9 months ago…)