We stayed at a pretty cool Air BnB on Rose Lane in Melbourne. It was the first time using Air BnB and the whole process was pretty straight forward and the apartment was spacious, with 2 bedroom and 2 bathrooms for a much cheaper price than what you would have had to fork out for hotel rooms. Now I see why Air BnB is such a fast growing company.
Anyhoo, unknowing to us, was that around the corner from our apartment was a super popular brunch restaurant - Higher grounds. The first time we walked past it was packed with a huge queue outside - there was no way we would get a table, so being so close, we woke up early the next day and strolled over. We still had to wait but we literally just missed being stuck behind a queue of like 20 people by a few seconds.
Inside the decor is all about high ceilings with a bit of an industrial feel. I think it is some sort of converted warehouse or machinery workshop. Service is relatively quick and the menu contemporary and relatively healthy.
Kale and Cauliflower salad with miso, almond, hummus, avocado and a poached egg - $18.50. There's also the option to have a side of cured kingfish to go with this salad and we thought why not.
Cured kingfish - $7.50
Scrambled eggs on toast $11 with a side of avocado - $4.50 - simple and healthy but also yummy
Spiced cauliflower, scrambled eggs, curry leaf, roasted chili on housemade flat bread - $19.50
Steamed market fish with Japanese broth, blackbean and vegetables noodles and soy bean - $26. The highlight of this dish was the fish (Sanpper) which was so fresh and light and steamed perfectly. The lightness of the fish with the saltiness of the blackbean worked beautifully as it does in a traditional Chinese fish dish. The vegetable noodles are actually strands of radish which provided an interesting texture to the dish.
Higher grounds, Melbourne CBD, Melbourne Reviewed by kogepanman on 9:19 PM Rating: