50 Albert Road
South Melbourne 3205

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08:00am - 04:00pm

07:00am - 04:00pm

07:00am - 04:00pm

07:00am - 04:00pm

07:00am - 04:00pm

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08:00am - 04:00pm

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@kettleblackcafe at South Melbourne is one of those with a chic urban interior with a nice al fresco to sip a coffee and watch the people pass by.
We picked their very colourful Ricotta Hotcake which was certainly beautiful and had lots of seeds and grains for a superfood breakfast. Underneath that was a thick and moist pancake. Together with a dense cream, this was satisfying but we would recommend to share with 2 to 3 as the portion was quite a feat to finish it.
The chilli omelette with crab meat and crayfish oil was full of umami and a delicious egg dish for brunch. Coffee here was good, especially to go with a tasty croissant on a sweet note.
Without travelling to the South, one can also visit @highergroundmelbourne which is affiliated and more centrally located in the CBD.

The ambiance of the cafe is great, love the marble tables but its a tad too noisy, a great option for a romantic quiet date.

The brunch menu is heavy and palatable to most.
Ice Chocolate - A$7.5
📍: @kettleblackcafe , South Melbourne, VIC, AU

So so gorgeous and oh so fluffy! With THAT generous amount of ricotta 🤤


I was equally blown away by this dish. The scrambled eggs actually had a gentle spicy kick, and was made indulgent with the crab meat and the oil. I wouldn't have thought of the combination (seafood+eggs?) but it really worked. Only gripe I had with the dish was that the eggs were too firm, and wasn't as fluffy as I would have associated scrambled eggs to be.
Ordered a side of tataki ocean trout ($7) to go along with it, and it was such a good decision. The fish was very beautifully cooked- don't be surprised by the amount of pinkness when cut, the tataki cooking method meant it would be left very rare on the inside, and very delicious.

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I must have seen it on the net a gazillion times, but I was still so awed by its beauty when it was presented to me. And I am glad to report that not only is this picturesque dish Instagram-Worthy (since I'm not on it, I don't do it for the 'gram but for the Burpple), it tasted equally amazing. Granted I haven't tried other renditions just because I wanted to try the original first, I was amazed by how moist this THICK hotcake was, much like a well made mega-sized muffin. It was complemented wonderfully with the light cream and those beautiful flowers weren't just for show- they, along with the generous amount of seeds gave very nice crunch to the cake.
Pair this with their excellent coffee; I enjoyed my long black very much, and it was the perfect accompaniment to this sweet treat.

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Looks familiar? That's because TKB is opened by the folks behind the famed Top Paddock. Both have pretty similar brunch menus, with only slight variations. The Instagram darling—2-inch worth of fluffiness stuffed with creamy ricotta and topped with blueberries, maple, double cream plus seeds & nuts—are available at both cafes and are worth every bit of the hype.

Tip: Do share because this comes in a generous portion. It's good for 3-4 pax, plus orders of other hearty plates.