After a bit of a hiatus, brunch is finally back! This trendy cafe has all the trimmings of an insta-cafe with the beautiful decor and perfect lighting so it made sense to be the setting of my birthday brunch (YAY me...not really).
First off, this cafe is beautiful and bustling. It has a prime location next to the Prahran Markets and is extremely busy, though the wait was only 15 minutes for a group of 5 which is great by brunch standards. The furniture and look of the space was modern and light, very much reminding of a mix between two other very insta-worthy cafes (White Mojo and Higher Ground).
The beauty of the cafe was also met by the beauty of the dishes presented. The savouries were faultless from presentation standards being both unique and interesting to look at. This did sacrifice on portion sizing, especially on the croquettes of speck & gruyere which were delicious and cheesy but extremely small in size. In addition to this dish we also had the cape clear rashers, pigs cheer, crackling, blonde sausage, chutney, egg, toast (basically a big breakfast) and the peninsula mushrooms, seaweed butter, parsley root, charcoal toast, onion pickled (a standard mushroom dish). I'm not going to go into these dishes though, they were very average brunch standards despite their beauty.
I do have to call out the buckwheat & chia crepes though. As you might be aware from reading my reviews I love sweet brunch so this was the main event and to say the least, I was very disappointed. Nothing really felt like it went together with very little sweetness and a much grainier texture through out the dish than what I expected. It was also by far the least attractive dish on the menu.
Overall, Abacus is a beautiful place to go and I can't judge them on their dinner menu but having tried their brunch menu I would not highly recommend though if you are in the area give it a shot. There is something to be said about taste being more important than presentation that Abacus needs to address.
Presentation (5) : 4
Taste (5) : 2.5
Service (5) : 2.5
Atmosphere (5) : 4.5