A friend and I were feeling particularly motivated this morning (go us!) and went to a body attack class before meeting up with the husbands for brunch… seriously who does that on a Saturday morning?!
I knew of Manchester Press’ bagel-themed menu and with an impending American trip was keen for some American inspiration! Tucked down a gorgeous Melbourne laneway (Rankins lane) we soon had our name chalked on the wait-list wall.
The menu starts with the simple (but classic) bagel and spreads, but goes on to offer a selection of open sweet, open savoury and closed savoury bagels. Most lean towards breakfast options, but there are also some more lunch-oriented options, one of which is the pulled pork bagel that comes highly recommended. I'll be back to try this one soon. There are also a few non-bagel options like Muesli, Shakshouka and salads.
The coffee is Cartel Roasters, a seriously yummy roast. The house-blend milk varieties are described as having a hint of burnt caramel, just right-bitterness and a nutty after taste. I’m still learning my way around coffee descriptions, but can definitely identify with this description.
Wholemeal bagel with avocado and fetta smash, chilli, coriander, lime and baby corn.
Firstly, the bagels: all delicious. I guess when the box (which we saw a peek of behind the counter) claims to be “a taste of New York City bagels” you would hope so. But considering they are seemingly delivered pre-cooked beforehand, they are fresh, soft and thankfully not too sugar-laden like most American food.
Next, the topping: this serve of avocado was seriously huge! There was no hope of finishing it all, even after a gym class! The corn and fetta also finished this dish off really well. Upon discussion, we decided that our suggestions for improvements to this dish: grilled corn and a bit more lime. But, pretty close to perfect really.
Toasted muesli with yoghurt and stewed rhubarb. Very good value for $10 and served with a jug of milk on the side, the toasted muesli was packed with sultanas, hazelnuts and pumpkin seeds.
and nut bagel with
mixed berry mascarpone, fresh strawberries and crushed pistachios.
Firstly, the bagel: like your favourite raisin bread in bagel form – delicious! Next, the topping: again, a very generous serving! The mascarpone is sweet and creamy, but not too sweet. I found strawberries, raspberries and blackberries hidden in the folds of the cream; and there are more fresh strawberries on top. The pistachio crumble was spectacular. Each element was delicious on its own, but combined … oh my goodness… yum!
were really friendly... casual and laid back, and in general the cafe has
a great bustling vibe. I particularly congratulate the inspired and very unique
menu, this is definitely a one-off that I’ve not found or heard of elsewhere in
Melbourne! So... we may have turned up with red faces and dead arms,
but the pain was soon a distant memory – Manchester press is seriously cool!
Manchester Press, 8 Rankins Lane, Melbourne, +61 3 9600 4054
(a cheeky) p.s. Manchester Press, if you ever read this we have a menu suggestion for you: a closed bagel with tomato relish, scrambled eggs and bacon.