Arrived home in Melbourne today to absolutely stunning weather, the view over The Grampians as we flew in was breathtaking! … and in true form, we went straight to brunch!
Phat Milk is conveniently located along Mount Alexander Road in leafy Flemington. It’s an area I don’t often frequent, but if this morning’s brunch is any indication of the food in the area I may be back a bit more regularly!
First off is the St Ali coffee, which was beautiful. Pride of place in the front room of the cafe is a huge antique wooden serving coffee table and just a few small tables, but the cafe has a large sunny courtyard out the back with extra seating.
Having been up since 5am for my flight home I was starving and in need of something more lunchy, so went with a more savoury option.
Confit duck on zucchini + corn fritters with fresh watercress, poached egg + beetroot relish and drizzled pomegranate molasses. I'm always a bit anxious when ordering fritters (nothing worse than powdery under-cooked fritters), but these were amazing! Crispy, crunchy + plenty of corn! Yum! The beetroot relish + pomegranate molasses was sweet + perfectly complimented the duck. Double yum!
Polenta hotcake with fresh seasonal fruits + berries, whipped mascarpone, and a house made mixed berry coulis. First off, I loved the consistency of the polenta – italian origins, cornmeal boiled like porridge + then baked, fried or grilled – hotcake! It was light + less sugary than a standard hotcake. Secondly, the fresh fruit on top – figs, finely sliced fresh peach – were juicy + tasty. The berry coulis contained blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries (a possibly a few other hidden varieties) – delicious! And all wonderfully pulled together by a creamy mascarpone… this dish is drool worthy + a creative variation on the other hotcakes found on numerous Melbourne cafes.
inlovewithbrunch verdict: creative, unique + delicious!