Ahh brunch. That wonderful meal that’s half breakfast, half lunch and 100% a great life decision. Well, here we are making your decision even easier with a list of our top Brunch spots on The Ninch.
Mr Frankie Cafe
You’ll notice first Mr Frankie's thoughtfully designed interior, delivered by designer Alesha Harrison; shades of blue and pink invite you to stay awhile and enjoy the art‑deco inspired murals, purpose‑built furniture, and of course, delicious food. Touches like etched tables, local art and terracotta tiled walls give the space a curated edge, and anticipates the quality of dishes on offer.
Mr Curtis Eatery
A tropical mural, eclectic tableware and mismatched furniture mirror the bold flavours in the kitchen. Mr Curtis serves dishes inspired by Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines and there’s no lack of flavour and colour. Greeted with an abundance of hanging greenery, fiddle‑leaf fig trees and plush, velvet seating, walking into Mr Curtis feels like arriving at a friend’s house, and their menu is a great excuse for a meet‑up in Mount Martha.
Captains of Rye
With decor described as Brunswick‑but‑20‑years‑ago, the food at Captains of Rye is hearty and more than substantial; the smoked salmon poke bowl and eggs benny are absolute winners, and you’d be a fool to go past one of their generous burgers.
Nestled between a boutique and a bakery, the Phase Two decor has a decidedly Melbourne vibe, with airy white walls, polished concrete floors and hanging pots of leafy ferns. The modern Australian menu takes it cues from local produce with a side of city finesse. A prime example, their Rye Chai panna cotta with crunchy, homemade granola, honeycomb, blueberry gel and a scattering of edible flowers. It’s fresh, vibrant and different, without feeling overdone.
Georgie Bass Cafe and Cookery
With local produce grown up the road at Mornington Park and coffee by local roaster Commonfolk Coffee, you can’t escape the quintessentially Mornington Peninsula cuisine, and you wouldn’t want to. The menu at Georgie Bass Cafe changes seasonally with the produce, so you might just find something a little different every visit. This alone makes the trip down to Flinders a worthwhile habit, not to mention the nearby beaches, cliffs and shops to be explored.
Nordie’s combination of dark facade and light interior are indicative of the Nordic inspired food to choose from. Their menu boasts the cafe classics as well as choices less familiar; you can try Smørrebrød, an open rye sandwich, or the Copenhagen hotdog, a locally‑made bratwurst with all the embellishments.
Store Fifteen is as good (for you) as it gets. It’s a favourite among early risers, opening from 6.30am and caffeinating hungry customers every day but Monday. Step inside and a quick look at the menu is enough to make any health conscious bruncher weak at the knees. The team have worked to create a delicious, seasonal menu; almost everything is made fresh and in‑house – even the almond milk – and as much as possible, is locally sourced.