St. Rose, Essendon 3040

I had the privilege of visiting St. Rose, the sister restaurant of No.19 as well as many other notable cafes in Melbourne. Quite a journey for me to head out to the northern suburbs for brunch but not something uncommon considering all the great food out there! Was the food worth the drive…read on!

Not the most unique cafe I’ve come across on first impressions. It has the usual modern fit out that has become standard in newly opened cafes so it had a cookie cutter atmosphere to match, not bad but I missed a bit of character to it. Great environment for a girly catch up or a group catch up though with quite a good amount of space and quiet enough for conversations.


Roasted Mushrooms (Eggplant puree, miso butter, pickled red onion, poached egg, toast) were well seasoned, not too salty and grainy like mushrooms can be at other brunch spots. I actually really enjoyed this dish as it was quite mild in flavour and texture and allowed me to keep going back for more without getting sick of it. The textures were perfect all in all with crunch creamy and umami with my only complaint being that the eggplant puree had almost no flavour. Would recommend giving this a shot!

Brekkie Burger (Bacon, fried egg, cheddar, spinach, chilli jam, hash brown) was pretty much your standard burger but with a bunch of sugar. It was a very sweet burger with a lot of sweetness in the chilli jam which distracted from any other flavours. Not much to say on this as it was so standard but I guess enjoyable apart from the sauce. I did really love the addition of the hash brown for a bit of crunch to it but also…who doesn’t love hash browns?! A great play on chips in a burger.

Maple Ricotta Hot Cake (Mango curd, vanilla cream, blueberries, granola, syrup) had a beautifully light and fluffy ricotta pancake. It was so light and fluffy and it tasted healthy especially with the lack of sugar, which was actually great on this dish as it didn’t need it. The only sweetness came from the maple syrup and a slight amount in the curd which was more than enough to tantalise the taste buds. Granola added a nice crunch texture and the mango curd was so creamy and simply to die for. This was a BRILLIANT take on pancakes that I would come back for many many times.

The Tim Tam Milkshake was a special and if it comes back when you visit then ORDER THIS. It is mind blowing and smooth AF. You gotta try it!

Overall, well worth the travel to it if you aren’t already based in the northern suburbs. If you live around that area though…GET HERE ASAP. If you do visit, be sure to order the pancakes as you wont regret it at all and it’ll be like a nice healthy pat on the back for brekkie.

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Presentation (5): 4

Taste (5): 4.5

Service (5): 4

Atmosphere (5): 4

TOTAL: 16.5/20