For those unfamiliar, STREAT is an organisation that provides hospitality training and support to homeless youth and serves up some really flavoursome food in the process.
The all-day brunching menus at STREAT (Flemington, McKillop CBD and Melbourne Central) have been put together by STREAT’s executive chef and general manager of food services, Rob Auger, and reflects his interest in a variety of world cuisines and Melbourne’s fresh, seasonal produce. The menu includes items as diverse as a soft-shelled crab Po boy sandwich, chipotle-spiced beans with chimichurri and coriander pork belly, and a soy-infused tofu scramble served with shiitake mushrooms and crispy shallots on sourdough bread.
The coffee comes from STREAT’s own onsite roaster and there are organic soft drinks and teas aplenty. Particularly warming is the yuzu tea, a citrus infusion that will ward off winter sniffles. Those with demanding sweet tooths can sate their sugar cravings as there is a whole cabinet devoted to cakes, biscuits and slices.
The service may not be as polished as what you’re used to elsewhere about town, but remember that most of the staff are beneficiaries of STREAT’s training and mentoring programs and are still learning about the industry firsthand.