MELBOURNE | My first brunch back in Melbourne after six weeks out of town, was an invite to relatively New Brunswick East cafe, Bellboy. Owner Emilio Rogliano has 15 years’ experience running Melbourne cafes, and has named Bellboy after his first ever job in the hotel industry. Look around and you’ll find subtle nods to the profession and hotels.
Chef Michael Martin is heading up the kitchen, serving up the cafe’s take on Melbourne brunch favourites, including house-made sourdough crumpets and flatbread, and bagels by Savion Cakes & Bagels.
Coffee wise, it’s former Golden Bean winner Mark Leo roasting coffee on site. The beans are quality, and I’ve purchased bags of whole beans a few times since to use at home.
I opted for the “Bellboy Benedict”. Wood smoked pastrami, poached egg, potato hash, Russian hollandaise, everything bagel seasoning. Really tasty. I want another, but inside a bagel next time. What do you think?
Lauren, meanwhile, went for one of the daily specials. Sourdough topped with nduja, heirloom tomatoes, goat’s fetta, dill, and herb oil. Light and quality.
The interior is airy and filled with natural light, while outside there’s a large dog friendly alfresco area, with lots of space for cyclists to park their bikes. Overall, Bellboy is a nice addition to the area that provides another great brunch option for locals.
131 Nicholson Street
Mon – Sun: 7:30am to 3:00pm