Food and Drink
Posted by Dan Kuseta
28. Apr, 2011
As a general rule of thumb, I don’t like to start clogging my arteries before noon – preferring a light, sensible breakfast the makers of All-Bran would approve of. On a recent trip to Miss Marmalade, however, I soon found myself elbows deep in the most decadent brekkie I’d had in some time.
With its friendly staff and kid-friendly atmosphere (my group seemed to be the only ones not weaning when we visited) this Brunswick cafe is popular with the pram and buggy crowd. A deceptively large space with a retro outfit, Miss Marmalade has old milk bottles for water jugs, vintage bowls and mismatched cutlery. In short, it’s cute. But the all-day breakfast is what brings me here, with an emphasis on sweet-toothed options like Ricotta and Blueberry Hotcakes and Brioche French Toast. But my eye’s immediately drawn to menu item number five: Missy’s Peach Melba. Raspberry, apple and coconut bread with Tahitian mascarpone, poached peaches, pistachios and coulis ($15.50). Yes please.
After some gutsy coffees and a few more prams our breakfasts arrive. The Huevos Rancheros (sweet corn fritters topped with a fried egg, roast tomato salsa, guacamole and sweet hots, $15.50) is a handsome dish, the egg boasting a plump orange yoke and the freshly made guacamole zingy. The only problem is the dish has been allowed to cool, which doesn’t do the fritters justice. The Free Range Eggs on Sourdough with tomato salsa and home-made beans ($10.50 + $3) are similarly hearty, yet unfortunately, similarly luke-warm. But then my breakfast arrives, and all is forgiven.
Three slices of dark fruit bread are stacked around luscious poached peaches, drizzled with coulis, sprinkled with icing sugar, pistachios and topped with a bold glob of mascarpone. The mascarpone oozes vanilla, its rich texture compliments the tangy peaches and sweet, spiced bread. Mixed with the coulis and crunch of pistachios it’s a terrific pastiche of flavours and texture.
While I wouldn’t make a weekly habit of Missy’s Peach Melba, it’s the sort of thing everyone should try at least once. For me, I might have just discovered a new Easter tradition.
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