Following a year spent travelling in New York, LA and Mexico, one of Adam Wilkinson’s favourite spots was a sandwich place in Manhattan called Egg Shop.
The cafe is a welcome addition to an area that hasn’t seen many interesting brunch spots open in recent years.
Yes there are plenty of eggs on the menu – poached, fried and scrambled –, but you’ll also see them in the highly designed fit-out; think surprisingly comfortable egg-shaped “Drop” chairs (by Arne Jacobsen) and stools. Even the oval tabletops fit the theme.
Simon Cookes of DuckBuild designed the interior. It’s contemporary and slick, with mirrored splash backs, hand-painted metallic murals and marble tiles.
“We wanted to steer away from plain white walls,” explains Wilkinson.
Chef Aleksander Nitecki clocked three years at Yotam Ottolenghi’s Spitalfields and Notting Hill locations in London before returning to Melbourne. Most recently he was part of the team at Glovers Station in Elsternwick.
The breakfast menu includes a version of eggs Benedict with corn beef, called the Benedicto. The Chorizo Fry Up comes with peas, taleggio, poached egg and chilli jam, and there’s also quinoa porridge with coconut, buckwheat, almonds, burnt honey and figs.
Nitecki’s lunch menu leans Italian. Dishes include linguine with lamb neck and olive ragu and crumbed veal with cherry tomatos, grapefruit, radish, frisee, fennel, endives and mint. There’s also a cabinet packed with sandwiches for takeaway.
Coffee comes from Roastcraft beans, and there are house-made sodas and dulce de leche shakes.
The space is big, but there are intimate pockets created by columns, corners and the snaking bench seating. Renovations on the huge space took a year, which Wilkinson blames on his fastidiousness: “I was one of those kids whose shoelaces had to be tied in a perfect bow.”
Grange Road Egg Shop
1 Grange Road, Toorak 3142
(03) 9827 2736
Mon to Fri 7am–4pm
Sat & Sun 8am–4pm