I always appreciate a good brunch invitation but even more so when the brunch spot really delivers and I get the pleasure of writing up a review that writes itself. Enter Neighbour is one of those spots that has done that….almost perfect in every way!
Enter Neighbour has recently gone through a complete overhaul of their menu with a focus on produce and quality. On top of this - they’ve added cocktails and a boozy brunch. A combination of my two favourite things of brunch and drinking - I couldn’t wait to try this place! The interior is focused on an old school charm and reflects the suburbia surrounding it which I liked. The scene seems to be mostly local with a quieter atmosphere but I can picture it getting quite busy with a quaint courtyard out the back which would be great for some afternoon cocktails!
King Truffle (Swiss brown mushrooms, Baby king mushrooms, oyster mushrooms, spinach, white truffle and porcini cream, ewes milk cheese, poached egg on toast) lived up to its name with a generous amount of real truffle on top and in the sauce. It uses real truffle which you can really taste as you don’t get overwhelmed by the flavour like you do with a truffle oil. The different types of mushrooms were all cooked to perfection as well with a variety of flavours and textures. I’m not normally a huge fan of toasted bread as it makes dishes hard to eat but it was great with this as the crunch of bread complemented the otherwise soft textures of mushroom and egg. If I were to nitpick, I would’ve liked another egg to cover the dish but as the egg was more of a side accompaniment it wasn’t really needed to begin with except for variety of taste when you needed it.
Scotch Pancakes (Neighbour’s secret coffee mascarpone, caramelised banana, fresh strawberries, chocolate Sauce, coffee soil) is a dish that doesn’t shy away from the bitterness of coffee overall and boy did I love it - the perfect dish for a coffee lover. The coffee hit was amazing and genuine - not too sweet at all. The pancakes were also huge but maintained their moistness and fluffiness which made them the perfect pancakes! My only complaint with dish would be that it could’ve done with more crunch as the only crunch was the brûlée on the banana. What I appreciated most was there was a lot of care taken overall with small touches like the coffee syrup dabbed on each layer of the stack to ensure no layer missed out on flavour. Definitely worth sharing as a post brunch dessert.
Tropical Smoothie (Pineapple, mango, passionfruit, orange, coconut water) was primarily mango with a touch of passionfruit sourness. The balance of sweet and sour was great with great flavours working together to make it SO easy to drink. Only annoying bit was the chia seeds but these days…it’s a given for brunch smoothies unfortunately.
The Richie Cunningham (Raspberry coulis, Limoncello, Malibu, sugar syrup, shaken) is a house developed cocktail which really embodied a standard girly cocktail. Goes down like water to be honest - couldn’t taste the alcohol at all which was perfect for me as I have a penchant for vodka raspberry (don’t judge me). Fresh and summery- gotta love a brunch spot that makes a good cocktail too!
Whether you’re stopping by here for brunch or for some late afternoon drinks - you are in for a treat. Enter Neighbour embodies what brunch in Melbourne is about and I couldn’t honestly speak highly enough of it. With or without the invite, this place gets a perfect score on food from me and you should definitely get here ASAP!
Presentation (5): 5
Taste (5): 5
Service (5): 5
Atmosphere (5): 4