Monday, September 16, 2013

The Grain Store, Flinders Lane, Melbourne

One cold, rainy Sunday, I went to The Grain Store in Flinders Lane, Melbourne for brunch with my friends V & C.

The Grain Store has a wonderful ambiance - light and bright and cheerful, just the kind of atmosphere you need for breakfast/brunch.  It is also surprisingly large, as it extends into a back room.

The staff are friendly, prompt and attentive, and the menu is reasonably priced.  And the food and coffee are really, really good!

The scrumptious dish at the top of the post was ordered by my friend V.  It is a bacon steak with smoky beans, egg sunny side up and a few other bits and bobs ($19).  I had been going to   order this because I love beans, but didn't think I'd make it through it all.  It wasn't as large as I had thought it would be, so maybe I could have, but I got to taste the beans - and they were so smoky, spicy and good. 

I ordered the smoked salmon with poached egg, crostini and salad ($19):

The poached egg was crumb-coated with a lovely oozy yolk: 

I really enjoyed this dish.  Sometimes, salmon can be a little overwhelming and oily, but not in this dish - it was just perfect.

C ordered the portabello mushroom and raclette rosti ($18), which was also very good.

For afters, V ordered their "special bread", a type of fruit brioche, which came with honey and ricotta ($9):

I tried just a tiny piece because of my low carb diet, and it was warm and buttery - perfect.

I would definitely go back to The Grain Store - it is top notch in my books.

The Grain Store
517 Flinders Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000
Ph: +61 3 9972 6993


Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

The food looks really good! How is the low carb diet going? Do you find it difficult and how many carbs are you allowed? :)

Kari said...

Flinders Lane is such a lovely place to enjoy food and coffee and this sounds like a great addition to the choices. The food looks really well done!

Cakelaw said...

I find the low sugar harder than the low carbs, but it is all wearing thin. Not sure about exact counts as I have been told to just avoid the carbs altogether.

Blond Duck said...

It sounds awesome.

Kayte said...

Avoid carbs completely??? Yikes. It was fun and interesting reading about this place and the food looks soooooo goooooood!!!