Headed by chef Ingo Meissner (of St Ali fame), the Grain Store takes up residence in a concrete office building that’s been given the kind of city-meets-rustic country overhaul that is very rarely found in the middle of Melbourne. Think gorgeous painted timber, whitewashed walls, a large table with delicious pastries on display, and flowers to engender a cosy, homely aesthetic.
Orange cured salmon and fried poached egg ($17)
Orange cured salmon and fried poached egg ($17)The orange cured salmon is a picturesque display of fresh produce – be careful though; this is first and foremost a salad, and not for those looking for a hearty spot of brekkie. When the menu says ‘crostini’, don’t expect crisp slices of grilled bread – here it’s a wafer-thin piece that snaps easily under pressure. It’s not a particularly filling dish, but the truffle crème fraiche is gorgeous, adding a smooth creaminess to the crispiness of the salad leaves and chewiness of the orange-tinted slices of salmon.
Orange cured salmon and fried poached egg ($17)And that fried poached egg was perfect – crispy on the outside, with gorgeous runny yolk on the inside.
Australian green teaThe Grain Store also does cookies with milk (made to order; allow 10 minutes), which, although I know it’s primarily for the novelty factor, I’d love to try on a next visit. It’s the kind of thing that is able to take you right back to your childhood; something that a lot of cafes aren’t able to pull off. The Grain Store 517 Flinders Lane Melbourne 3000 Website: www.grainstore.com.au Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 03 9972 6993 Trading hours: Monday-Friday 7AM-4.30PM ; Saturday-Sunday 8AM-4PM