Some mornings call for a breakfast that thinks outside the cereal bowl and beyond the typical staples of scrambled eggs and smashed avocado. These five Melbourne cafes with Thai-inspired breakfasts will spice up any morning.
This Sydney Road cafe combines the diverse flavours of South-East Asia with Australian breakfast favourites. Dishes feature curry leaves, chilli, spring onions and soft, wok-tossed eggs. The black sticky rice with mango and coconut is a nice change if you like sweet breakfasts.
182–184 Sydney Road, Brunswick
The depth of experience shows at Nora with its technique-driven menu by couple Jean Thamthanakorn and Sarin Rojanametin. Breakfast is taken to the next level with precise, thoughtful plating and a regularly changing menu. Before you leave, take home a couple of their famous charcoal tarts: a signature black shell filled with combinations such as lemongrass and ginger brûlée and coconut pandan. Also try the pandan-infused iced coffee.
156 Elgin Street, Carlton
Magic Mountain Saloon
Before the DJs roll in and the spritzer menu comes out, morning-til-late bar and restaurant Magic Mountain serves a creative Thai breakfast to wake you up proper. Instead of poached eggs, you’ll find sticky lamb and shrimp rice, and sweet plates featuring elements of pandan, coconut and grilled banana. The morning menu comes with a long list of fun cocktails and mocktails, too, which makes eating breakfast in a bar feel a little more natural.
62 Little Collins Street, Melbourne
This industrial warehouse space on Carlton’s Berkeley Street serves dishes inspired by owner Pla Liamthong’s hometown of Chumphon, in Southern Thailand. Big sellers on the menu are the crunchy mussel omelette and the fragrant clear broth rice soup, all with signature big Thai flavours. If you need something sweet, you can’t go past a coffee spiked with condensed milk or a bright-orange Thai iced tea..
122–128 Berkeley Street, Carlton
Upon entering Mighty Boy the only clue to its Asian-inspired menu is the wall of sriracha behind the counter. There’s a tidy list of Vietnamese and Thai dishes all under $14, including the Mighty Boy Breakfast with Thai sausage and ubiquitous smashed avocado made interesting with spring onions and a hit of that spicy sriracha sauce. Don’t miss the signature drink – the mixed ice crushers, which are a refreshing mix of lychee, pineapple and mint or young coconut, pineapple and lime.
59–61 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy