Food and Drink
Posted by Glennise Pinili
07. Jul, 2014
Other than a good coffee, breakfast (or rather an all-day breakfast), is a definite cure when you’re hitting struggle-town. Squeezing into Melbourne’s already tight mix of brunchy cafés is South Yarra’s newest, Urban Provedore.
As the name suggests it brings the city and provincial life together. It’s urban for its residence on Toorak Road’s hip main strip, and its design—modern oak fit-outs, down lights, comfortable space and big panelled windows. While their locally sourced produce and top quality goods complete Urban Provedore’s provincial half.
Head chef and director, Andy Ledson is a big believer in homely comfort food, which is what his menu delivers. The Up Breakfast ($20) did just that. It was a hearty plate of poached eggs, grilled pork sausage, buttered thyme mushrooms, sautéed kipflers on sourdough with the option of tomato chutney or béarnaise.
The pork sausage’s star anise type flavour added depth, as did the mild pinch of spice. But the béarnaise sauce tightened the dish with its acidity and creaminess.
The ham hock fritters (potato hash, creamed corn, braised red cabbage and black pudding crumbs; $19) also pleased. The cute rounds of ham had a well-balanced saltiness matched by the sourness of the braised red cabbage, and was simply “a very pretty looking man dish”, as one customer described to Ledson.
But it’s not all breakfast. There are fresh sandwiches, salads and ready-made meals at the counter, and shelves of local goodies to take home—salted caramel sauce, dried pasta, teas, relishes and more. Or even just order a coffee (supplied by Axil Coffee Roasters), take a window seat or booth, sip comfortably and call it a day.
231 Toorak Road
South Yarra 3141
(03) 9820 3500
Mon – Fri: 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Sat – Sun: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
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