Maverick, Melbourne CBD

MELBOURNE | I was recently invited to check out Marverick in Melbourne’s CBD. The cafe, which opened in June 2020, is part of the impressive new 80 Collins Street precinct.

The space is welcoming, with a neutral colour palette, soft lighting, and judicious use of natural materials and plants. Food wise it’s the sort of food that’s popular in Melbourne brunch spots. Classics done right, with the chef’s own twists, using quality produce.

The menu at the moment is smaller than usual, accounting for the fact that the CBD isn’t fully open with the usual foot traffic that comes from the office workers and tourists that frequent this part of town. Despite this, choosing what to eat is no easy feat as there’s a lot of deliciousness on there.

It’s an all day breakfast menu, along with lunch options, coffee, juices, and alcoholic drinks. I kicked off proceedings with a flat white, followed by what’s become one of my favourite versions of eggs Benedict in town. House-made pastrami, potato hash, two poached eggs, house-cured pickle, and béarnaise sauce.

I also went for one of the lunch options. A very tasty herb-roasted chicken roll with lettuce, cucumber, and ranch dressing. There’s an assortment of addons like avocado, bacon, and feta, along with a pastry counter filled with goodies to enjoy in or take away.

Being in the heart of the city, with more of its existence being spent in lockdown than out of it, hasn’t been easy for the Maverick team, but they’ve persevered with an offering that’s well worth your time. I look forward to visiting again when lockdown 6.0 is over.


95 Little Collins Street
Victoria 3000

Telephone: (03) 9020 3934
E-mail: [email protected]

Mon – Fri: 7:00am to 4:00pm

Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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