The Grain Store: Brunch/Lunch/Coffee
517 Flinders Ln, Melbourne VIC 3000
For a little ‘two and half years together’ celebration, my boyfriend and I came to The Grain Store for brunch before a cute little visit to the Melbourne Aquarium. It was a beautiful day in Melbourne and this place was absolutely BUZZING. You cannot book for less than 4 on a weekend, so we had to chance it. A waitress told us there would be a half hour wait which was slightly disheartening because of how hungry I was, but when we went to get our name on the list, the manager told us only twenty minutes and it actually felt shorter than that. So yay!
I really liked the interiors, decorated with mini pumpkins for, presumably, halloween. We were sat at a group table, which had plenty of room so that was A-OK with us! 🙂
The hanging lights, the industrial ‘trendy’ Melbourne vibe and the spacious but bustling room I thought was really cool and really matched the vibe of the place. The waitress and the manager were European and everybody was super friendly!
The menu was GLORIOUS and so hard to choose from! Everything looked amazing and super tasty, and when the menu immediately makes you decide to come back again before you’ve even tasted the food, you know it’s a fab spot!
I ordered a latte and the boyf ordered a Dark chocolate hot chocolate. The coffee was really nice, however as soon as my brunch arrived I realised I would not be able to finish my coffee! I always have trouble with dairy based dishes if I have ordered a dairy based beverage to go with it. I’m so forgetful that I never remember this unless coffee is sitting in front of me and my body reminds me, tutting and rolling it’s eyes. Luckily, the boy to the left was able to finish it for me because we both cannot stand wastage! 😉
His Dark hot chocolate was really yummy but far too rich for me and after finishing my coffee, it was a bit too much for him too! (But yummy. I would recommend that if you’re just coming here for coffees/snacks!)
So the service was attentive and friendly and the orders were really fast despite the ridiculous busyness of the day! I ordered the ‘toasted granola parfait and chia yoghurt’ which was first, very pretty and second, very yummy. The toasted granola was scrumptious, with rhubarb and pear on top with the chia yoghurt. At the bottom is lemon curd, which is absolutely delicious but quite overpowering. I definitely recommend trying to mix that through for everything otherwise the granola at the bottom will be absolutely soaked in the lemon curd and it is very very sweet!! It came with quinoa milk which was really nice, and I used almost all of it on the granola.
The boyf ordered the ‘dry cured bacon & smoked mozzarella bagel’ which looked and tasted soooooo good!!!! I was a little bit jealous of this savoury option, because my dish was quite a lot sweeter than I had thought it would be. I thought the cheese would be overpowering which I’m not a massive fan of, but I had a couple of cheeky tastes and it wasn’t! The egg and relish tied it all together and I remembered that I loooved bagels. Food envy. He was incredible happy with this, saying it was one of the best breakfasts he had ever had!!
Definitely would recommend this very popular Melbourne spot hidden on Flinders Lane where I feel I would never come across it unless I was looking for it! I will definitely be going back to try their green breakfast and their corn fritters, and I would also love to go there for coffee and afternoon tea! There was an island in the middle right of the space, in front of our table, which show cased their bits and bobs for afternoon and morning teas!
I would go there on a weekday to avoid the craziness, but as I experienced, even at their peak time, the wait isn’t off putting and the service is still fabulous! Thanks Grain Store!