Manchester Press

Manchester Press

CBD, Melbourne Australia

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inlovewithbrunch  inlovewithbrunch  on 15 Jan '15


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?!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Wholemeal bagel with avocado and fetta smash, chilli, coriander, lime and baby corn.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Fruit and nut bagel with mixed berry mascarpone, fresh strawberries and crushed pistachios.

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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!

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Staff 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!

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Inlovewithbrunch verdict: seriously cool!
Find: www.facebook.com/machesterpress

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Manchester Press, 8 Rankins Lane, Melbourne, +61 3 9600 4054

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(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.

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inlovewithbrunch

a foodie from melbourne australia with a penchant for brunching!

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