Sunday, July 01, 2007

Braeside Cafe, Mt Macedon

It's not often that you get to meet the chickens before you taste the eggs. And it's not often that you find a breakfast venue like the Braeside Cafe, 47 Taylors Road, Mt Macedon, Tel +61 3 5426 1762. With chickens, rosellas and kangaroos in the top paddock, it's quite the Harry Butler experience. And the food kicks arse.

braeside big brekky

You will search long and hard before you find a big breakfast to match this one: two poached (garden-fresh) eggs with hollandaise on home-made toast; a delicious pile of sauteed mushrooms; rashers of extra tasty bacon; roasted tomato; and a big, fat "Istrian" sausage served with a splodge of Gyda's chutney ($15). In 40 years I will be boring the grand-kids with stories of this one: "You call that a sausage, Johnny? Let me tell you about the pork banger I had back in the Winter of 2007..."

this place is hot

But that's not all. This place was scoring faster than a supermodel at a swingers convention. Creamy scrambled eggs with smoked salmon ($10). Excellent eggs Florentine ($10). Corn fritters with salmon, spinach, chutney and a poached egg ($12). Great Grinders coffee. Fancy tea in china pots. Flawless, friendly service. And a cosy, country vibe with warming fire and garden views. If they hadn't run out of pancakes (with bacon and maple syrup), this might well have been my first perfect 20.

You do need to get there before noon, and you may need to book, but it's well worth the one-hour drive from Melbourne if you feel like a road trip.

19/20 "best sausage"


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, is that your highest score ever? Pity it's so far away :(

1/7/07 20:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow Jamie, you're my hero. I was actually in macedon (at the bottom of the mt) on the weekend too (sunday).

We went to sitka and I was very impressed with the quality..

2/7/07 12:19  
Blogger Samuel James Brent said...

I couldn't be more excited to visit Braeside after reading your review. You were on the money with your other two 19s so I can't imagine this place is any different...

3/7/07 19:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't go early on a Thursday - they may not have all their supplies delivered yet.

5/7/07 21:51  
Blogger Danielle said...

The Istrian sausage was fantastic - we had the spicy one and the eggs were to die for. The pancakes were very fluffy, though unfortunately, quite burnt.

30/7/07 16:07  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your review was spot on! One of the best breakfasts I've ever had. We had the big breakfast, it was fantastic, I couldn't fault it. We went at about noon on saturday (18 Aug 07), didn't need to book and had a table looking out onto the garden with rosellas, cockatoos, galahs and chickens. Service was friendly, informative and attentive. Quality ingredients and great value, in a setting the city can't match. Well worth the drive, I will definetly return to the Braeside Cafe.

20/8/07 11:00  
Blogger stickyfingers said...

An easy 45minute drive from the city. Had a booking but it wasn't busy. Some opted to sit in the garden. Big brekkie was the best of the lot. IMO Corn fritters are better at Mart, but currently served at Braeside with decent salmon, spinach and great eggplant chutney.

The fresh ingredients put to shame those offered at the house we rented up there. There (Carlow) the eggs were so old they couldn't be poached - no albumin - so must have been about 6weeks old. I had to coddle them with fresh herbs and King Island cream to make them palatable.

29/10/07 14:52  
Blogger stickyfingers said...

BTW I've now done a post on Braeside too...

8/11/07 01:28  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Job! :)

28/6/08 20:14  
Blogger Beth said...

I called Julie this morning and unfortunately they are no longer open for Saturday breakfasts although she will be open for Sundays soon. Looking forward to the chance to give this place a shot!

18/2/12 10:37  

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