Tues – Fri: 7:30am – 4pm
Sat – Sun: 8am – 4pm
“Brunch for the most part has a strong alfresco (outside dining) element to it. For some it is seen as the worst idea – my father, in all his wisdom, compares it to ‘eating in the gutter’. For most, having brunch out in the elements brings about a certain sense of peace and living in the moment. It’s a special time where all the elements can be experienced at once – from breathing crisp air to feeling the suns warmth. It’s the rare occasion where you can be as loud as you want without causing a stir. With this perfect setting, I often wonder whether someone has ever tried stealing another brunch. With alluring plating and brunch-goers with their guard down, a breakfast thief could easily target alfresco diners. Luckily, I have yet to hear the story of a breakfast thief swooping in and stealing baked eggs off the table. The only breakfast thief I know is quaintly tuck away from Smith Street – Breakfast Thieves.
Breakfast Thieves has a slightly industrial look with their worn down red brick walls and dark furniture. The alfresco element is out on the street, where inside the space is medium-sized with various seating options. The venue has character with witty food quotes welcoming guests, bringing a certain charm to a friendly environment. Most tables composed of communal tables, so getting a table for two or three is as quick as walking in.
My long black [$3.50] was provided by STREAT and was quite watery at first. The initial rich coffee flavour was missing. After the coffee had settled and with a few more sips, it rose to the occasion with a nice subtle, yet smooth texture. Whilst there was no distinguishing flavours, it was a pleasant long black with no bitterness.
With winter settled in I needed something to keep my belly warm. Initially, I considered the Brioche Pain Perdu – French toast served with spiced wine poached plums, white chocolate mascarpone mousse & candied pistachio [$17], but was persuaded to The Legend – Spicy baked eggs with Spanish chorizo, roasted mushroom, green peas, feta, served with herbed garlic toast [$18] (Vegetarian / Gluten Free on request).
It’s easy to see why this dish is labeled ‘The Legend’. It has all the characteristics of a winter delight - wholesome, belly-warming and simply delicious. Cutting through the surface of the egg it was immediately apparent how thick and spicy the sauce was. The combination of hot spices was welcoming, as it cuts through the flavours of the juicy button mushrooms and pan-fried chorizo that lingered at the back of my palate. The eggs were grilled to perfection with the runny yolk creating a gooey texture with the sauce. It was the centerpiece – a constant delight throughout the dish that pushed flavours and highlighted the other ingredient. These baked eggs were a delightful difference from the norm.
Breakfast Thieves is like the cool kid in Fitzroy. They don’t try to be too showy with their aesthetics or prime real estate, but deliver the brunch goods. For a chilled setting that delivers a strong twist to its brunch menu, it’s hard not to consider Breakfast Thieves.”
“Bloggers. We do what we do because we have a passion for life and what it holds – in particular – that aspect which drives us to spread the word and sing it from the metaphorical rooftops of the internet. In our case, we love brunch. Spawned from when we used to be a couple, our love for this treasured meal filled with gossip, the latest news and lazy weekend newspapers has led us to critically analyse each meal – even when we’ve agreed to have the day off. Breakfast Thieves is a venue that both Mr LB and I have been to on separate occasions – and quite thoroughly enjoyed.
I was craving poached eggs and some company on a lazy Sunday when all I’d had planned was a gym session. Mr LB was also coincidentally not very busy and so we agreed that a brunch was in order – albeit a late one. We arrived at the venue at 1:30pm, when you would typically expect the brunch crowd to be dissipating. The venue was still buzzing and looked almost at capacity, but luckily for us there was room for two.
The interior was much better than I remembered it being, although I was immediately a little annoyed that the seats were too low for the communal table we were sitting at. I didn’t let that get the better of me though, as I peered into the kitchen through the beautiful wooden window highlighting men at work. The venue was gently warming and I was barely aware of the chitter-chatter of neighboring patrons.
STREAT provides the coffee here and I have to say my espresso was lovely. The menu looked delicious and it was a toss-up between the Spanish gypsy wrap – traditional Spanish morcilla (black pudding), polenta crusted poached eggs, pebre salsa & baby endive on corn tortilla [$15] or The Leprechaun – crisp spiced-corn & basil fritters on cauliflower puree & peas with poached eggs on mini avocado toast drizzled with basil oil [$18] add Spanish hot chorizo [$4.50]. I opted for the latter.
What came out was simply beautiful – my plate was bursting with delicious food to consume that immediately sparked my hunger. The cauliflower paste was divine – creamy, smooth with juicy bursts of peas and a hint of lemon. It was perfectly matched to the doughy corn fritters that seemed to hint flavours of cumin. Tearing apart with my fork, these fritters seemed to achieve the texture that St Ali wishes they could of their infamous My Mexican Cousin dish.
The eggs were perfectly poached and quite beautifully gooey, allowing the rich yolk to blend with the avocado sourdough and fritters. Heaven. My Spanish hot chorizo had a kick but wasn’t over the top. The serving of chorizo was very generous and I certainly felt that I had gotten my moneys worth.
I was very full and satisfied with my dish and could barely fit in another bite… until Mr LB suggested we have some brunch dessert. Who was I to say no?
Ordering something a little different, we decided on a Chocolate peanut butter spider [$2.50]. For something so simple and so cheap, this little treat was certainly very filling and surprisingly rich. The high-quality chocolate used to coat the bran-like biscuit pieces was really lovely, providing little spurts of surprises when chunks of peanut butter became evident upon munching.
Overall I really enjoyed Breakfast Thieves. Tucked away in Rose street, provides a peaceful location to brunch. The food is high quality, a little quirky and put simply – delicious.”
Final thought: “No fuss, good quality meals with a twist”