410 Bridge Rd
Sun – Sat 7am – 4pm
Coffee: Axil Coffee
“Mayday Coffee and Food is one of a few new brunch locations to call Richmond home in 2016. Opening its doors in early January, Mayday Coffee and Food is the latest addition to the Axil Coffee family, and yet you wouldn’t have known if you weren’t informed. It resembles nothing like the hallmarks of a typical Axil establishment. There isn’t the combination of dark colours and raw industrial decor features; rather 2016 brings a fresher and brighter decor throughout the large space.
Located on Bridge Road, Mayday Coffee and Food offers a breath of fresh air to the disjointed combination of old pubs, outdated eateries, auction room houses and high-end furniture retailers. It’s this diverse sect of retail businesses that allows Mayday Coffee and Food to shine. The corner location is relatively large with seating options including street-side and diverse table arrangements throughout the long dinning haul. There is an attractive sense of calmness and attentiveness that’s offered at Mayday Coffee and Food; be that it’s large enough to have a decent conversation without hearing every word of your neighbour that’s matched with strong staff attentiveness.
One of the exciting element of visiting the Axil family cafes and coffee bars is its consistent high-quality coffees. It’s not enough that they have a great roasting technique, but each barista within the Axil family knows how to get the best results from the particular roasting batch. As expected, my single origin had a delightful citrus flavours and was an absolute delight for a Melbourne coffee.
The menu boasts some strong brunch offerings with 14 dishes to choose from and an assortment of ‘wingman’ options – or more appropriately known as sides – to tuck into. The menu isn’t for someone looking for predicatable dishes (even the avocado smash contains nori salt, yuzu, pickled redish, black sesame and coriander on pumpkin grain toast!). What got me curious was the Citrus cured ocean trout, potato & fennel croquettes, beetroot relish, poached egg, lemon labne [$19] – more so for its potato & fennel croquettes than anything else. My brunching partner ‘Old Mate’ was in need for some nutrients from a big Friday night, and preferred the meatier option – Mayday call: 2 poached eggs, shortcut bacon, kransky, roast tomato, beetroot relish w/sourdough toast [$23].
Citrus cured ocean trout, potato & fennel croquettes, beetroot relish, poached egg, lemon labne
While not appearing to be a large dish, the combination of the citrus-cured ocean trout with the croqettes was a stand-out. Binding the beetroot relish and poached egg allowed me to create that distinguishable ‘brunchy’ flavour profile. On the whole I found it to be a satisfying dish, while the Mayday is the ideal meat lovers plate to satisfy any hunger level.
Mayday call: 2 poached eggs, shortcut bacon, kransky, roast tomato, beetroot relish w/sourdough toast
‘Mayday-mayday’ might be the international radio distress signal, but for brunch, Mayday Food and Coffee will come to your brunching rescue.”
Final thought: “Potato & fennel croquettes is a must try”