60 Commercial Road
Mon – Fri: 7am-4:30pm
Sat – Sun: 7:30am-4:30am
“One third of Victoria’s landscape is covered in public and private forests. No patch of land is the same; and a few have dedicated their entire career on classifying particular fauna and flora. While you may not see the value in such endeavors, the same could be said about us. Searching every laneway, hole in the wall, converted warehouse, suburban corner store and other unique locations to determine the best brunch is our love affair.
Entering Tall Timber from Commercial Road feels quite exposed. An ex-retail space, the front room provides a cool and calm vibe to passbyers. A major factor in achieving this environment is the restrained volume of furniture and clean decor; white brick walls and lightly tanned timber was the dominant theme. The acoustics are well managed and there are various seating options on offer. If a more private space is required then there is dining space at the back.
Coffee is of a good standard and is sourced from Niccolo. Whether they have stepped up their game or Tall Timber has better processes– the results are in the cup. My long black single origin [$3.70] was initially was too watery to identify key flavours but the coffee had hits of nuttiness. The short black that followed after provided a better representation of the blend.
While enthusiastically attending a good friend’s birthday party the night before, my hangover required some fatty bliss – Timber Benedict w slow cooked pork shoulder, poached eggs & apple cider hollandaise [$17.50]. The presentation was alluring; the pull pork had a lovely crackling, the hollandaise was of the right consistency that left a subtle sweetness and the poached eggs were perfect. For a traditional brunch dish it kept to its true nature, but added its own individual element that made for a solid dish.
There was still some space in my tummy and so I persuaded Miss SL to indulge in a Passion fruit and Poppy seed slice [~$4.50].
Tall Timber has proven its worth in Prahran. It provides a solid brunch experience with some impressive dishes; including the very popular Breakfast Board. Was I amazed? No. Did I enjoy my time with the food, coffee and interior design? Yes. Just how good the experience is, is a personal reflection.”
“It was an unusually warm Saturday and I arrived far too early to meet Mr LB for brunch. Parking around the corner from the venue was two hours, turning unlimited at 1pm so I knew time was not against me. Surprisingly, I was able to get a seat immediately and ordered my double espresso [$3.50] while soaking up the relaxed atmosphere.
My coffee was very strong and full-bodied and chocolatey tasting. Bitter towards the end, I stopped one sip short.
Brick walls coated with white paint, contrasted by lightly coloured wood and finished with Australian outback flowers spoke to the no-fuss decore of the venue. Run by the team who initially started up Coin Laundry, Tall Timber created quite a fuss in 2013 when they opened their doors. The venue is considerably larger than it’s predecessor in Armadale (which changed hands in 2012-2013).
I ordered the Pumpkin loaf with pickled beetroot salad, smashed avo, hummus & poached egg [$15.50], along with a Soho Ginger Beer [$4.50]. The pumpkin loaf was well toasted, bordering on burned but only JUST within the grounds of crispy. The loaf itself just tasted like sourdough, which I found amusing. The avocado was beautifully fresh and the nutty combination of the hummus was surprisingly beautiful. The pickled beetroot added a layer of crispness and it was a lovely mix with the other ingredients.
Overall I found Tall Timber nice, but found that all the exciting things on the menu that existed back when it first opened has since disappeared. The service was really friendly and the venue was really relaxed though, so it was still a lovely brunch out.”
Final thought: “Easy, relaxing brunch with good quality meals”