Cafe Melba has always been a favourite for gatherings of all sorts – family dinner, date night, weekend brunch and larger events like weddings too. We return to the restaurant at Goodman Arts Centre for a taste of the updated brunch menu that’s available all day! So, if you like the sound of eggs Benedict or avocado on rye at any time of the day, read on…
Hearty brunch fare
This hidden gem in Mountbatten offers a diverse selection of modern Australasian dishes. There’s a particular focus on hearty brunch dishes, juicy burgers and sandwiches, alongside vegetarian options. From signatures like the veggie-friendly caraway marbled rye bread & avocado ($18) to familiar classics like eggs Benedict ($20), you’ll be spoilt for a choice with a menu that’s fit for a king.
One must-try is the full Cafe Melba vegetarian breakfast ($25), a super filling spread of haloumi cheese, avocado, cherry tomatoes, baby spinach, eggs (we chose scrambled), baked beans, mushrooms, hash brown and toast. For something on the sweet side, there’s also the Melba French toast ($14) – brioche, cinnamon sugar, maple berry sauce, vanilla cream – and fluffy buttermilk pancake stack ($14), a popular option with kids.
Don’t miss the monthly chef’s specials, which varies at both outlets. If you love your carbs (and meat), you’ll enjoy the Surf & Turf risotto ($32), a chef’s special exclusively available at Goodman Arts Centre for a limited period of time. The smoked duck pasta ($24) – linguine in truffle cream sauce, generously topped with a runny poached egg and smoked duck slices – was another favourite for how simple yet delicious it was. You won’t go wrong with the pizzas here, too, especially if you’re visiting in a group. Feeling adventurous? Try the tandoori chicken and chilli crab flavours!
Almost everything you see on the Cafe Melba menu is made from scratch in the kitchen. That includes the breads and jams, as well as all the desserts. We devoured the crispy apple pie ($14), served with almond dragee, vanilla gelato, caramel sauce. Don’t forget to save space for the indulgent chocolate lava cake ($12) – best topped with a scoop of ice-cream for good measure. Served warm with a perfectly molten centre, this dessert will satisfy any chocolate cravings you have.
Cafe Melba at Goodman Arts Centre has a massive 160-seating indoor and outdoor space, so it’s also perfect for large private events. In fact, it’s a popular spot for weddings and birthday parties. On regular days, little ones can look forward to a bouncy castle – it goes up from 3pm to 7pm on weekdays and 9am to 8pm on weekends, weather permitting. High ceilings and wooden furnishings give the roomy space a laid-back ambience, making it a go-to spot for weekday catch-ups with the girlfriends, or weekend brunch with the family.
Like this? We’ve got plenty more in our Wine & Dine section!