It has been a big week for the Melbourne’s Best Baked Eggs Mission (MBBE) with some delicious breakfasts shared with friends. Let’s get down to business.
Hardware Societe – Hardware Lane, Melbourne
- Was expecting great things of this Melbourne institution and my hopes were high
- The small kitchen means that menu alterations are generally not accepted; I recommend calling ahead if you have dietary requirements
- Had a lovely staff member who put in a special request to the chef to make the eggs gluten free and dairy free. This did result in some slight un-paleoisation of gluten free bread and potato added (totally acknowledge I didn’t specify no bread or potato!)
- A small serve of baked eggs (on the hard side) included a few mushrooms, capsicum and tomatoes
- Unfortunately no sides are available to bulk up the petit dish
- I did enjoy my tea and coffee experience complete with tea cosy for the tea pot
- 5 / 10
Cornerstore Co – Ludstone St, Hampton
- Massive shout out to Nicky St. Clair for making me aware one that one of The Hurt Box Cycle Coaching regular cafe’s served baked eggs
- Cornerstore Co is very cycle friendly, and highly wheelchair accessible with a gorgeous courtyard out the back
- Getting excited even as I type this, both the baked eggs options (one was on the specials menu) were amazing and extremely generous portion sizes – glad I had a friend who would go halver’s with me
- One lot of baked eggs came with aubergine, a thick tomato sugo, and olives (added sides of avo, thyme mushrooms and spinach)
- The other baked eggs came with onion, celery, tomato (added sides of avo, thyme mushrooms and spinach)
- Loved them both. Eggs perfectly cooked (not hard and not too runny), lots of sauce, a hint of spices, and great sides. Heaven.
- Cornerstore Co also take their coffee and teas seriously – my white peony tea came with three different timers (weak, medium, and strong). They also have a rotating juice special.
- Staff were brilliant, attentive, talkative, and welcoming.
- A new favourite – 9 / 10
Porgie and Mr Jones – Auburn Road, Hawthorn
- Another Melbourne institution, you need to get here before 10am if you don’t want to wait for a table; it is the home of the first ‘smashed avo’ dish
- To be honest, I didn’t quite have baked eggs – a slight change to their online menu. So I went with the Dukkah eggs – poached w/ spinach, roasted red pepper + tomato, hazelnut dukkah w/ added thyme roasted mushrooms and slow roasted tomatoes. While not much sauce, it was delicious.
- Great to see P & MJ are now serving Finn cold pressed organic root juices; I enjoyed a kale, nettle, cucumber, spinach, apple, lemon & ginger
- For a very busy cafe, the staff were very friendly and on the ball
- Wheelchair friendly
- Note – cash only (ATM is next door)
Ernest V – Glenhuntly Road, Elsternwick
- Found out about Ernest V from the Michael Kesishian, not only a fantastic Chinese Medicine practitioner but also a massive foodie.
- The fiery Shakshuka baked eggs came with capsicum, chilli in a tomato napoli sauce with added mushrooms and spinach
- Eggs were perfectly cooked, loved the kick from the chilli; I probably would have like to see more napoli sauce
- Menu adjustments and dietary requirements were well catering for
- Build your own veggie juice available
- Staff very welcoming – this place is both cycling and wheelchair friendly with a courtyard out the back
- 7.5 / 10