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For close to what may have been a year, mentions of one day visiting Breakfast Thieves, located in one of Melbourne’s more popular brunch hotspots, were frequently made by thehouseofem. A Saturday morning tutoring cancellation coinciding with a free spot in thehouseofem’s schedule meant that we were finally able to pay the Collingwood eatery a visit.
As I walked towards the factory-like facade, my mind immediately went to images of various converted warehouse and the ‘oh so Melbourne’ look. Not surprisingly, the real deal wasn’t far off from what I had expected. Converted warehouse interior, tick. Low hanging lightbulbs, tick. Neutral and wooden tones, natural lighting, fresh plants etc etc, tick, tick, tick.
Green tea and latte.
The Leprechaun - Crisp sweet corn & basil spiced fritters, on homemade baked beans, and served with a side of smashed avocado toast & poached eggs.
*Note. The Leprechaun dish that is on their current menu is slightly different.
Corn fritters are popping up on breakfast menus all around town and the Breakfast Thieves dish up a version that I would confidently count as one of the best I’ve tasted so far. The batter was perfectly thin and crisp, and did not come across as overwhelmingly heavy. In fact, the overall dish was surprisingly light for something that possessed a fried element. While the corn fritters were tasty on their own, the lemony avocado and sweet relish proved to be the perfect companion for the juicy bursts of sweetness from the corn kernels.
The Legend - spicy baked eggs with Spanish chorizo, roasted mushroom, green peas, spiced tomato ragout and goats’ feta, served with herbed garlic toast.
With chorizo sausages, spices, olives AND feta included in the ingredients list, I knew that baked eggs were going to be jam-packed with flavour. What I didn’t expect was the large serving size and what appeared to be too little bread. However, there was no need to call the bread police as the dish had the correct balance of flavours after all. The eggs helped counter the strong and aromatic tomato-based stew, as did the occasional encounters with the contrasting and salty feta.
The butter, herbs and subtle hint of garlic added great flavour to the bread, although these were lost as soon as the bread made contact the baked eggs. Tough to cut into (I soon gave up on using a knife and fork), the bread provided a delightful crunch (once you managed to sink your teeth into it) to round off a very enjoyable dish.
"One should not attend even the end of the world without a good breakfast."
As you have probably gathered, we visited Breakfast Thieves late last year before the forecasted doom and gloom set for the 23rd of December. Had the world actually ended, we would have indeed gone out with not just a good breakfast but a killer tasty one. And hey, among the many pluses that come from getting past Dooms Day is the opportunity to return to Breakfast Thieves again!
420 Gore St
Fitzroy, Victoria, 3065.
(03) 9416 4884