Not even a broken foot can keep me away from brunch...but it can keep me a little closer to home. This week's brunch is at a hidden gem in Melbourne's East that boasts a compilation of your average brunch dishes with a twist. They have just released their new menu as well so lets check it out!
The stand out at this cafe was the speed of getting our drinks out. I would've given it less than a minute for our coffees to be served...our jaws dropped from shock! The disappointing bit was that this did not continue through out the meal with the food taking at least 30 mins to get out from ordering time. That being said...this was pretty much the only bad thing at this cafe.
The Windy Benny (Braised pork neck, crisp potato, thyme & parmesan stack, poached egg and apple hollandaise) was flavoursome and very unique. Lately I've been experiencing alot of potato hashes and rostis to spice up an eggs benedict but Wind Chimes definitely changed it up with a DELICIOUS potato stack. Softly roasted potatoes stacked with crunchy parmesan cheese across the top...it was heaven. The biggest surprise of all was the spiciness of the pork neck that I didn't at all despite not being much of a spice fan.
Next up was the Croque Monsieur (Sourdough toast, tasty cheddar and leg ham). AMAZING and very obviously the highlight of this brunch session. Simple yet well executed, the gooey cheese and cream (?) were so packed with flavour and was just melt in your mouth. I could not fault this at all...except I wish I could've eaten it all myself!
Finally, the Belgian Waffles (Chocolate and pistachios halva ice-cream, chocolate sauce and passion fruit curd & wafer sticks) which we did not expect to be there (we were looking forward to the banana stuffed french toast but it is not on the new menu). Compared to the previous week's waffle sandwich (Down the Rabbit Hole...I'm looking at you), this was a big improvement with the sweetness of the sugar coated waffle working well with the tartness of the passionfruit curd to balance each other out. The ice cream was also great but my main complaint is that there wasn't enough to make it a true 'sandwich'...there was enough for it to be a puddle on the waffle in about 5 mins.
Overall, what a flavour-packed meal. I highly recommend a visit to Wind Chimes if you are in the area...the dishes may not be the prettiest but they definitely go down well :)
Presentation (5): 3.5
Taste (5): 4
Service (5): 3.5
Atmosphere (5): 3