Operator25's owner/chef Valerie Fong (ex-Bacash), brings a fine-dining flair to brunch, that humble in-between meal that’s become a staple in the Melbourne diet. Hidden down Wills Street in the business grid around Flagstaff Station, the space is a trendy hideout from the rest of the CBD.
The rustic brick interior serves as a reminder of the heritage-listed building the cafe resides in. It was the home of Melbourne’s first telephone exchange company. The modern furniture and lush flower arrangements set a cosy ambience in the sleek industrial setting.
The menu by head chef Felipe Guedes, another ex-Bacash chef, boasts options such as pressed lamb shoulder and belly with Romesco sauce; a soft-shell crab salad with quail eggs; and vanilla custard sago with rhubarb compote. This is brunch with class, without the hefty price tag.