The Flying Foodie: Melbourne

Alana Lowes, The Flying Foodie has put together your must-eat list to take with you on your next trip to the food capital of Australia.

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Sure, you can grab yourself some great tasting bacon and egg dishes in Melbourne for breakfast any day of the week, but the variety of dishes on offer, inspired by all corners of the globe, is staggering.  Whether you love sweet or savoury, large or small, spicy or not, you can literally find anything you like on a breakfast menu in the food capital of Australia.

So you aren’t spending your quality time running around attempting to try the hundreds of breakfast spots, I have hand-picked, taste tested and put together your must-eat breakfast dishes when you are craving anything BUT bacon and eggs.

From on High, Prahran

Earl grey poached salmon

One of the more interesting deviations from the traditional bacon and eggs breakfasts is the earl grey poached salmon dish at From on High Café in Prahran.

Blending cosy friendly charm and a Middle Eastern inspired menu and serving up interesting, uncomplicated fresh food, you will be won over from the moment you step inside.

The earl grey poached salmon, roasted spiced cauliflower, free range poached eggs, organic spinach puree and toasted pinenuts is aromatic and succulent. The salmon poached perfectly to flake and fall apart with no effort from the fork and the spiced crisp cauliflower, textural on the outside and creamy in the middle. It has you dreaming about returning to eat this dish for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Pikelet Stack

Pikelets remind me of my childhood and mum mixing up batches on a regular basis, but these pikelets are like nothing I have ever laid eyes on. The soft spongy pikelets are piled high, almost a replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, topped with chocolate soil, berries and honeycomb. While it may sound like a sweetness overload, the dollops of savoury mascarpone balances the sugar and the tartness of the raspberries brings the harmony of the dish together.

High Ground, CBD

Heirloom tomatoes, stracciatella and jamon

It’s not just the dish of fresh heirloom tomatoes, creamy stracciatella and jamon that deviates from the traditional bacon and eggs, but it is also the setting taking this café come restaurant to the next level. Housed in a heritage listed 19th century powerhouse, Higher Ground winds around on three levels including a mezzanine spot to watch over all the action.

The dish of fresh heirloom tomatoes with creamy stracciatella and jamon is light, fresh and a chic alternative to bacon and eggs for breakfast. The fried salty olive toast from the famed local bakery, Tivoli, carries the glossy, fleshy, sweet tomatoes and the rich buffalo milk stringy cheese and Spanish dry-cured ham in each bite.

The Kettle Black, South Melbourne

Ricotta hotcakes

There are times when healthy eating ideas should be left at home, and a date with The Kettle Black café is definitely one of those.  Their famed hotcakes could quite possible win the gold medal at the Olympic Games of soft fluffy breakfasts, a perfect score for both taste and presentation. The hotcake is cooked to perfection with the right amount of fluffiness and lightness in the middle with a caramalised crust around the edges soaked in premium maple syrup.  The seeds and nuts including buckinis add to the textural pleasure and the hidden blueberries are a lovely surprise. 

The Kettle Black is the younger sibling of the well-tasted Top Paddock and it’s setting is a clever mix of classic and modern as it spreads itself across a Victorian terrace house and a high-rise apartment complex. A blend of natural timbers, marbles and stone create a relaxed vibe for any time of the day. 

Darling Café, South Yarra

Peanut butter waffles

If Alice in Wonderland was to visit Melbourne and order breakfast, she would hashtag the Peanut butter waffles with #eatme.  The whimsical dish in hues of light pinks, fuchsias and caramlised brown is luxurious and full of flavour and textures.  The smashed banana in the cream cheese mousse is a winner especially when it is partners in crime with crispy bacon, golden syrup and fairy floss. The marble benches, hints of brass, native flowers and a natural light filled room creates the ultimate brunch spot, the most difficult part – choosing which dish to actually order. 

Organic Acai bowl

Gorgeous, nourishing and a refreshing smoothie bowl is totally on-trend for a non-bacon and egg breakfast. At Darling Café, the banana, apple, chia seeds, caramelised buckinis, coconut flakes & fresh berries bring the bowl to life, on the table and the camera, making it the ultimate Instagram moment.

Other hotspots for grabbing a non-bacon and egg breakfast are:

Magic Mountain Saloon, CBD, for Asian inspired dishes.

Matcha Mylkbar, St Kilda, for globally inspired healthy breakfast.

Cibi, Collingwood, for traditional Japanese – it may be the only place in Melbourne that offers traditional Japanese breakfasts.

Club Social, Prahran, for a Nasi Goreng breakfast or king crab benedict.

East Elevation, Brunswick East, for Spiced Cannellini Beans or Corn beef hash.


Alana Lowes was a guest of Visit Victoria and Virgin Australia.

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