610 Queensberry Street
North Melbourne Vic 3051
I love brunching, like really really love it, but I have to admit it’s a fairly new love affair. In times gone by, the idea of visiting a busy café where we’d have to contend with a crowd and weren’t guaranteed to get a table all before midday, was just a bit too much for me to stomach. However, the birth of my son last year spelt the end of my nightlife (Bye bye dinner dates, boohoo!) so I’ve grown to really appreciate all things lunch and brunch.
As much as I love brunching, I still can’t stand the crowds and waits, so I tend to get out midweek when there are less people around. On this weeks outing, the weather was down right terrible, so I decided to head to Elceed, where I wouldn’t have to wait around and if I was really lucky, I’d get parking right outside.
I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve driven past this place and each time thought that I should visit. From the outside, Elceed looks like the smallest café, but when I walked in and passed the counter, I was surprised to notice that it extends out to a cosy back room with a homely but retro fit out (I swear my grandmother used to own the same 1970s orange chairs). I immediately felt at ease in this room. It was full of natural light thanks to a large window lined with bench seating that over looks a charming little courtyard outside and I loved the little touch of natural foliage around the room.
I decided to park myself and the little man at the end of the communal table in the middle of room where we had a bit of space to spread ourselves out. Fortunately for us, it was a pretty quite day at Elceed and there was only one other couple there enjoying lunch, so my loud and super cranky child didn’t drive too many people insane. The lovely staff were incredibly accommodating, they helped me out with a highchair and did their best to entertain the crazy child while I tried to decide on what to eat.
The menu covers off on all of your brunch staples like avocado on toast, corn fritters and a good old bacon and egg roll, plus they also have a great specials menu on offer. I decided to go with my sort of comfort food – Brioche French toast with baked apple, bacon and maple syrup.
The toast was thick, soft, not overly eggy and really soaked up that lovely maple syrup. The bacon was good, but would have been made just that much better if it was more on the crispy side. Last but not least, the apple was also great. It was only lightly poached, so it retained it’s shape and still had a bit of bite to it as opposed to being soft and mushy.
I must also give a shout out to the amazing wait staff that did their best to entertain my very noisy and cranky child so I could eat my meal. It took them a while, but they managed to get the kid smile, which let me tell you was no small feat.
All in all, I quite liked Elceed, it’s a really charming little café, so if your after brunch without all the fuss and chaos (and some help with the kiddies), it’s well worth the trip to North Melbourne.