The Grain Store
Its Clarissa’s last day in Melbourne and as bittersweet as it was, we enjoyed heaps of time together. Brunch over colloquial conversations to commemorate this day seemed to be the perfect way to bid goodbye. The queue at The Grain Store took us 30 minutes on a weekend before finally getting to settle in.
There’s a huge prep table close to the cashier, filled with muffins, croissants, sandwiches, cakes, quiches and tarts to pick from. A homely gesture, very cozy despite the huge buzz centering the store.
I told you so
Mocha, Flat White, Skinny Flat White
Still amazed with their latte art know-how. Not just appearance wise, The Grain Store blends one of the best coffees I had in awhile.
Smoked Salmon Omelette & Truffle Crème Fraiche, 20AUD
Always a fan of brunch places who put in effort to beautify their dishes. Clarissa ordered the Smoked Salmon Omelette. Within that omelette blanket lay upon baked salmon and winter fennel cutouts. To foundation the rise of the rye crostini, it sits on sweet chipotle romesco salsa and truffle crème fraiche. It would look plain without the drizzled crispy quinoa and hence it belonged there. Overall its a wonderful concoction, a popular choice amongst the public.
Portobello Mushroom & Gruyere Potato Rösti, 18AUD
Velda on the other hand, couldn’t keep her eyes of mushrooms. I noticed her strong fond of sauteed mushrooms because that was what she got the last time we met. Good choice though, the mushrooms were topped with poached eggs and hazelnut hollandaise. I repeat, HAZELNUT hollandaise. It still has that strong hollandaise flavour and very mild hazelnut infusion, and that was… heavenly. To go along with, the Gruyere Potato Rosti wasn’t entirely mashed, which I preferred. Green spinach at the bottom was a bonus. The sunchoke chips could’ve been added a little more because little is never enough.
Buttermilk French Toast & Spiced Pear, 18AUD
My love for sweet can never vanish, ever. Oh look how beautiful is this french toast variation? There’s three different dressing I received, the passionfruit crème, apple puree, and peppered caramel. Every bite I took bemuses my mind. There’s too many sauces to mix or am I supposed to treat these sauces as separate entities and eat it on its own? What’s worse is that all these sauces taste so good, so I could not decide which to pay more affection to (Sounds like I’m criticizing while praising at the same time). I subconsciously leave most of the walnut praline bits till the end. Hey, save the best for the last right? The spiced pear managed to easily neutralize all that heavy duty. One of the best french toast I have ever had.
The waitress serving us claimed we each have ordered the more popular items on the menu. Self praise, we have a good eye, good job girls. She also suggested that the ‘Gluten Free Banoffee Buckwheat Porridge’, ‘Ginger Beer Gammon Steak With Smoky Borlotti Beans’ and ‘Nicola Potato Gnocchi & Brussels Sprouts’ are quite the rave. Most of the dishes options here I believe are really good. Finally, another one that managed to claim a position on my top lists. The Grain Store is definitely one of the better brunch places I’ve visited.
Lastly, we will miss you Clarissa, have a great next chapter. Will see you on your graduation day in August 🙂