650 Nicholson Street
Fitzroy North, VIC 3068
Sun – Sat: 7am – 4pm
Coffee: Industry Beans
Hey Brother, there’s an endless road to re-discovered – Avicii ‘Brother/Sister’
“It’s fascinating how the brother/sister friendships just falls into place. There might be times of loathing and despise; a passionate hate so strong that they can’t be in the same room. But as time progresses, it becomes apparent that the friendship is an important one. It not only involves sharing a drink or having brunch, but it involves connecting on a deep level – post annoying stage.
Annoying Brother in North Fitzroy is by no means annoying as it aspires to take a laid back approach. The street side seating is cornered off with a picket fence and the interior feature wall is scattered with cheeky chalk art and menu specials. The ambiance and decor offer the perfect setting for a chilled brunch experience – perfect for lazy weekends.
Being a lazy Sunday, it didn’t bother me that food was coming out later than expected. Waiting for my Breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, crispy bacon, avocado, rocket, tomato, house made salsa & guacamole [$17], I enjoyed my double espresso which had a strong fruity kick.
Whilst the wrap wasn’t toasted, the portion size was very generous. The scrambled eggs were soft and fluffy, wrapped with bacon and on a bed of rocket making for a perfect Mexican breakfast. The guacamole didn’t add to the burrito, however, the house made tomato base worked well overall.
Annoying Brother is a nice brunch spot for a no fuss and chilled environment. Food and coffee is of a good quality and ideal for a lazy brunch.”
“Fresh from our coffee at Cafe Bu, we arrived at Annoying Brother which is conveniently located just a couple of minutes down the road. Upon entering the venue, I couldn’t help but admire the large number of hipster elements associated with this cafe – industrial coloured stools, exposed, oversized light globes and the highly decorated wall chalk board.
Having already had a coffee and light snack at Cafe Bu, I decided that I should forgo the coffee here and just go straight to mains ordering one of the specials – Rare beef salad w semi dried tomatoes, crispy kipflers, rocket & pesto balsamic dressing [$16.50]. We were warned that the kitchen was running a bit slow, but we were in no rush and after about 30 minutes our meals came out.
My immediate reaction to the salad when it came out was disappointment, as I could immediately see that my beef was not served rare and was cooked through on both sides. Once I started eating this dish, however, I found myself enjoying the nice pesto and balsamic dressing that made the dish fresh and easy to eat. The beef was served almost cold but the kifler potatoes were warm and appeared to have been double cooked – baked and then fried. Yum!
Overall I found Annoying Brother enjoyable. It was a very relaxed place to visit and the acoustics of the venue were nice for conversion. The staff were a lovely mix of attentive and distant, which is what I like when I go to dine at a place. Would I visit again? Perhaps if I was in the area.”
Final thought: “Laid back environment”