I took a mini vacay down to Melbourne for 3 days this week! I’ve heard all about their famous brunch and coffee so I had a hard time deciding where to go. However, none of them could possibly be bad! I just wish I could eat more. For one of my brunch stops I went to White Mojo, located in Hardware Lane.
Melbourne is known for their amazing laneways filled with cafes and restaurants. It’s a very lively area to be in and it feels hidden away yet everyone is there. The photo above is just for reference and not where White Mojo is located.
Started off my day with a Cappuccino decorated with lovely latte art! Kinda looks like a swan to me? Melbourne is known for great coffee as well.
I’ve seen soft shell crab on a few menus now in Sydney so I decided to give it a go. I wasn’t really interested in eating it before in Vancouver. My decision was between this or the matcha French toast or the princess hot cake. Tough choice right? The Soft Shell Crab Croissant Burger came with chipotle mayo, fried egg and pickled cucumber. This might be the first time I’ve had soft shell crab so it’s not going to be a great review. The legs of the crab tasted mostly like batter and there was some meat in the mid-section of the crab. Sorry my crab anatomy is not good! The batter was crunchy but I found it to be too salty after a while. The bottom of the croissant soaked up the runny yolk from the egg so don’t actually expect to eat this like a burger! The croissant was pretty standard, buttery and flaky. So that concludes my first official soft shell crab experience! For the price of $25, I probably wouldn’t re-order it again.
Upon rereading the menu now, I just noticed it says there’s smoked eel but I didn’t notice any…???
The Big Breakfast came with smoked belly bacon, grilled chorizo, roasted mushroom and tomato, lemon and ricotta green pea mash, tomato kasoudi, chorizo crumb and toast. It also came with 2 eggs cooked to your liking, in this case fried sunny-side up. With the large variety of ingredients, this was a well balanced and tasty meal.
Above is the view of the Melbourne CBD (central business district) from across the Yarra River which runs through the city. On this side of the river, they had the Crown Casino entertainment complex as well as a multitude of restaurants lining the side of the river so it was a nice place to take a walk or enjoy some food and drinks.