Welcome to Degraves Street, where cafe possibilities are endless. Ah, the breakfast choices available down one tiny strip of Melbourne road.
This is where we head for brekkie when we stay in Melbourne. The difficulty is choosing a cafe, they're all full, noisy and have great breakfast menu's so I guess it comes down to who has two spare seats available for two latecomers.
Hells Kitchen, despite the name is not a popular TV series starring a foul mouthed British chef, it's a bohemian cafe down stairs with a bar upstairs conveniently named, "Hell's Upstairs". While I particularly don't care for the name, the barista looks like she makes a good coffee and that's all that is on my mind having just jumped off an early flight and wondering around Melbourne city for an hour suitcase in tow.
We sit down to eat ataround 10:30, looking forward to a hearty breakfast when we're told upon ordering they've stopped serving eggs. I'm too hungry and caffeine deprived to care so we search for the the none egg breakfast options and thank-fully there are a few.
While we're waiting for our order, our coffee arrives. Two piccolo's, perfectly made I knew I had a sixth sense when it comes to barista's.
The menu's are actually old Golden Books, thought this was very cute!
My date orders the Baha Beans, a bowl of spicy beans in a tomato based sauce served with a crispy bagel. Not your typical breakfast dish as it's a lot like a bowl of chilli con carne but it's nice and hot on a crisp Melbourne morning.
I order the salmon bagel with a very generous layer of cream cheese, capers and cracked pepper. I love smoked salmon sandwiches exactly like this and the sesame seed bagel is toasty and warm.
Who knew breakfast minus the eggs could be so good? Now i'm ready for my second favourite Melbourne street, Flinders Lane for the other thing Melbourne does well, laneway Fashion.