Morning Glory at Elceed?
OK – I have to concede that I made this visit to Elceed just after it got named one of the best breakfasts in town in an article by The Age entitled Morning Glory! What a plug! I had already been to visit Elceed previously and enjoyed a couple of their dishes, but not the pea and broadbean smash which had been lauded in the article.
The interesting thing about Elceed is while their breakfasts are really good – the service can be a bit slow, and be a little bit surly. Which is a pity – because it’s got a quirky, comfortable ambience and has a lot to offer in what is becoming a very hipster side to classic North Melbourne!
The coffee is quite good – strong and nutty. I loved it so much I had two – not what I usually do when I have limited time. It’s Supreme coffee – which, when done well – is brilliant. Kudos to the barista!
Pea and broadbean smash with mint, ricotta and poached eggs
So, I ordered the aforementioned breakfast that had garnered such an auspicious spot in The Age article – but not being an eggy girl, I asked for the eggs to be left off. You’d think they might have beefed up the serving of the smashed broad beans, or at least dropped the price a bit – but alas – no! Hmmm…. While it was a good dish, the word stingy springs to mind. Surely if it costs $3 to order an extra egg, one could drop the final price by a couple of bucks if you’re opting not to have two??! Hello? Anyone???
So, final words – yep – it’s a great breakfast, the coffee is awesome – and the array of fresh cakes in the display beg for attention. However – upping the smash in the absence of eggs should go without saying – it just comes across as stingy otherwise. Also, as someone wise once said – smiles are free – but perhaps not at Elceed. It just lacks a bit of warmth and a welcoming atmosphere. If you’re going there – go for solitude, or take some friends for a laugh and a smile – just sayin!