Another week, another brunch and in this case - another visit to Collingwood. Collingwood is quickly becoming the latest new brunch hotspot with so many new openings. This time it’s Melvin, where pink is the colour of the game and sings of Summer.
The interior of Melvin is fairly standard but what really makes it stands out and sells the atmosphere is the outdoor courtyard. Beautiful and covered so still perfect on those rainy days. The service is equally as friendly as the surroundings with staff always offering a smile. It can bit a bit slow with service when you’re sitting in the courtyard so hopefully it’s better when things are busier and more people around.
The Breakfast Roll (Housemade bacon jam, fried egg, kale chips and seeded mustard mayonnaise) had all the elements of a great breakfast burger but a few attempts to be unique made the flavours and textures confusing on the dish. The bacon jam was overly floral and though I appreciate the eatability of the diced bacon - the texture of a rasher of bacon would’ve been much better in terms of overall texture of the dish. In addition, the bread was quite soft along with everything else in the roll so the texture was a bit off. A bit of refinement on the elements and how the flavours taste together and this could be very tasty.
The Grizz Toastie (Mozzarella, mushroom medley, onion jam, herbed chevre whip, roquette, toasted seeded sourdough, grated pecorino) had a good balance of cheese and mushroom but the cheese is quite strong. Be sure you are a fan of stinky cheeses before you order this because the pecorino is very potent. I found the mushroom enhanced this flavour too. Luckily there were pickles on the side for some acidity to break up the strong cheese.
The Crumpet French Toast (Dr Marty’s Crumpet French Toast, blood orange infused chevre whip, blackberry compote, vanilla bean mascarpone, fresh berry salad, pistachio crumb) had some really nice flavours that all complemented each other. They were all fairly standard sweet breakfast flavours so it worked well. My favourite part of the dish was the white chocolate which brought a lot of the dish’s sweetness. My only complaint would be that it could’ve been tempered to add a bit of flair and technique. The crumpets were also extra fluffy which was great to soak up all the berry juices and compote. Well balanced and delicious.
There is some refinement to the food that needs to be done but overall a high potential spot that successfully targets its prime audience - instagrammers. There are better spots for brunch around there but they are more established and some of the best so maybe give Melvin some time and you can come back and be really impressed by what they’ve got.
Presentation (5): 3.5
Taste (5): 3.5
Service (5): 4
Atmosphere (5): 4