Two months of flying in and out of Melbourne and I’ve already fallen out of the loop of the newest eateries opening up here. Lucky for me, I had my good friend Laura to fill me in on what I’ve been missing out on.
Upon coming back from my trips in January, Laura took me to Cafe Lafayette in Port Melbourne to get me reacquainted with the Melbourne brunch scene – you know, just in case I had already forgotten what it was like.
Corn & Zucchini Fritters w/ Seared Scallops $18.5
We went for the two specials of the day: the fritters with scallops and the salmon benny. The standout of this dish were the seared scallops which was cooked beautifully, even though the corn and zucchini fritters were just a bit mediocre in taste.
Smoked Salmon Benedict $19.0
This might’ve sounded like a boring choice but honestly, this salmon benny was the absolute bomb. The best one I’ve had in Melbourne thus far, and second best behind the one that I had back at Russ & Daughters in NYC. Plenty of salmon, tasty hollandaise sauce and maybe the burger bun had something to do with it too ?
If you look past the cute pastel blue and wooden decor, Cafe Lafayette actually has quite a sweeter side of the menu as well. We noticed quite a lot of people coming here for the freakshakes, but Laura and I weren’t interested in them, especially after trying out the ones at Naughty Boy. I would be interested in trying some sweeter dishes like the matcha hotcakes, or the yummy apricot muffins on display at the register.
Cute airy cafe with great savoury options and freakshakes on the menu
55 Beach St,
Port Melbourne VIC 3207