Amici Bakery Cafe, Prahran
If there's one thing bakery cafes should get right it's the bread. So, it was good to see that the Eggs Benedict came with sourdough English muffins baked in-house. The texture was more course than your typical fresh-from-the-packet variety, but the crust was close to un-cut-able, which was a bit annoying. The eggs, on the other hand, were poached just right, with soft deep-yellow yolks that blended well with the hollandaise (nice consistency, but not sufficiently tart). The crispy bacon was very good, and the "cottage potatoes" had been tossed and baked in shredded parsley, which worked well.
In additon to good eggs (an excellent big breakfast, a daily omelette special, and a "flaming" variation on Benedict with a spicy ragout of onions and red capsicum) Amici also caters well to the sweet tooth. One of my fellow brunchers had the Bircher muesli which, despite looking like a single celled protein combined with synthetic aminos vitamins and minerals (ie, the grey slop that Neo and friends slurped down on the Matrix), was delicious. It was a huge serve, and the fresh stawberries and yoghurt gave the dish a visual lift.
Service at Amici was a little bit haphazard, but the place was buzzing so they probably deserve some slack. At $7.50 for the Bircher and $10.50 for the Benedict, it was a great value breakfast. Good coffee too.
15/20 "sourdough muffins"