Sunday mornings call for a spot of brunch and a good cup of coffee. Which is exactly what my Sunday morning consisted of.
Aftet extensive research into good Melbourne brunch spots and a vigorous scroll through Instagram, we finally, finally decided on a local St Kilda place called Lava in Balaclava.
Firstly we ordered coffee which arrived almost instantly and we casually eyed the menu, as we enjoyed our caffeine hit. There was a lot of menu choice – from muesli and yoghurt to pancakes with fresh berries to bacon and eggs. And that was just the breakfast options…
Lava in Balaclava, as well as offering all day breakfast, also offer a huge number of lunch and dinner options and even fresh smoothies and juices. Situated on Carlisle Street in St Kilda, this is a great local place and only a short five minute walk away from where I live. The staff were all attentive and food service was surprisingly quick despite the busy-ness of the place. They even do a delivery service which is potentially dangerous news for two people who enjoying eating food as much as me and my flatmate.
Since leaving the UK, I have lived without bacon and eggs. It’s been tough living without but today at Lava in Balaclava, I finally got the opportunity to indulge in my favourite fatty friends. Bacon and fried eggs with croissant French toast and a small dish of maple syrup. If I’m having brunch, I’m going to go all out.
The food arrived quickly and it really was delicious. My brunch buddy ordered the Eggs Benedict with salmon and I hear that that too, was also rather tasty. We greedily scoffed our food – the sweet maple syrup against the salty bacon and fried eggs really was something else and mopping it up with the French toast just added to the taste sensation.
Pushing our plates away, we agreed that brunch at Lava in Balaclava was definitely a good Sunday treat and definitely worth spending money on. Even though we are not supposed to be spending money. And I’m supposed to be eating healthily. But who can say no to brunch? Sod the diet. I want my bacon and eggs dammit.
But anyway, Sunday calories don’t count right?
With my sister home from spending the summer working in Malta, we decided that a reunion brunch was on the cards. So, after a moment of deliberation of where to go – one of our usual jaunts or something new, we decided to head to Bill’s, somewhere my Mum nor sister had ever been before. Located on the corner of Mill Lane, Bill’s offers a wide range of breakfast, lunch and dinner options as well as a lots of tasty drinks – from fancy wines to fruity smoothies and brownie milkshakes (seriously yum).
With my Mum’s murmers of “oo never been here before” and “oo I wonder what it’s like“, we we were led down the never ending restaurant right to the end before we were seated by a window seat overlooking the Hayes. I love Bill’s – with funky decor, topsy-turvy seating and a fresh outtake on popular foods, it makes for a warm and inviting atmosphere where you can leisurely scroll the menu in order to choose the perfect dish – whether you fancy something brunchy or something lunchy.
I chose the Homemade blueberry and buttermilk pancakes which were quite frankly the most delicious pancakes I’ve ever had, and I washed it down with freshly squeezed orange juice.
Whilst my mum also went for the pancakes, my sister decided to go for a standard sausage bap, or as Bill’s call it, the cumberland sausage served in sliced white farmhouse bread. I hear that that too, was delicious but I can’t verify that completely as I was too bust wolfing down my pancakes to even try some when she offered. I didn’t even hear her offer to be honest. I was far too engrossed in my food.
Bill’s is average in price – maybe not the best place to go if on a student budget but for a casual catch up with the family it is definitely the place to be (especially if the mother is paying – yay, free food!) (sorry mum, thanks again). However, I can already tell you that once I am home for Christmas I am almost definitely going to head back there to test out the rest of the menu (what student budget?). With great service, friendly staff and amazing food, Bill’s is up there with one of my favourite brunching places in town (and I love a good brunch, me).