There is nothing quite like going out with your friends for Sunday brunch. You can dissect Saturday night’s shenanigans, analyse the previous week’s affairs, and just enjoy a good little chat. To facilitate these cherished moments, Melbourne has exploded in recent years with an armada of cafes wanting a slice of the action. Your block/street/suburb just hasn’t made it until there’s a queue of people waiting to get in.
Breakfast Thieves is a newish addition to the brunch scene for Fitzroy. Hiding out in the bottom of a converted warehouse, down a pokey, car unfriendly laneway, you couldn’t ask for a better brunch location. The expansive communal table outside would be perfect for the summer months, but the grey clouds of July certainly aren’t as welcoming. Regardless of the weather outside, the inside is cozy, in an industrial café kind of way. The 6 of us ended up taking up one end of the large communal table, and although we were seated pretty quickly, there aren’t that many tables. Make sure you get in quickly to steal one of them.
I’m going to tell you a secret. Well not really a secret, more just a thing that is true but I haven’t mentioned on the blog before. That’s almost a secret right? I’m on a pre-wedding diet at the moment. I’ve actually been on a diet for a few months now. There are a number of downsides to being on a strict diet, but as far as I can see the two worst things are:
- You can’t eat anything at a lot of restaurants. If you do eat anything at most restaurants you will then consumed with so much guilt that any deliciousness is quickly forgotten.
- You will hate seeing other people eat things that you can’t. If you’re anything like me, it will be a hatred which is out of all proportion with the crime of eating a croissant.
Sounds like fun doesn’t it? Like all things that are not necessarily fun but ultimately good for you though, there are lots of ways to get through it. In this case some options include:
- Only ever going out for breakfast or lunch and only to places where you can order poached eggs (with some sort of wholemeal toast if you’re feeling calorific).
- Becoming a recluse.
My personal solution has been mainly option 2 with a little of option 1 thrown in when I can’t avoid seeing friends for another week. So with that in mind when we caught up with some friends on the weekend we headed to Breakfast Thieves. The new-ish cafe in a Fitzroy backstreet has a cool (and very on trend) semi-industrial cafe fit out which I appreciated and a stellar brunch menu. I will definitely be back to try some other dishes post-diet.
I had the
boring relatively healthy option of poached eggs on multigrain toast ($9.5) with a side of roast tomatoes ($3.5). There’s not a lot you can say about poached eggs and toast, but I can say that I was mighty impressed by the roast tomatoes (both the size and taste). It’s probably because they weren’t as healthy as they sound.
My BFF had the Leprechaun – corn & basil fritters on cauliflower puree and peas with poached eggs and mini avocado toast ($18). Out of jealousy I didn’t ask how it tasted, but it certainly looked like the pick of meals we ordered. This has headed straight to the top of my post-diet brunch hit-list.
Her husband ordered the Goldilocks – vanilla and honey porridge ($11.5) with added banana and walnut ($3.5). The porridge was well received
A couple of our other friends ordered a Thieves on the Run to share – a breakfast roll with bacon, cheddar omelette, rocket and tomato relish ($11.5). This was apparently very tasty.
Gerard ordered the Mr Benedict ($15.5), ham, poached free range eggs with hollandaise sauce on sourdough toast, with a side of chorizo ($4.5). He had no idea that he was ordering a Mount Fuji amount of ham, and, in a real first for this blog, he was actually not able to finish the meal. Was there too much ham? He’ll never admit to it, but I think the answer is yes.
A nice fit out and an interesting menu with something for everyone (even people on annoying diets). A stand out brunch all round.