Sun Moth Canteen & Bar
28 Niagara Lane, Melbourne CBD
I’m lucky enough to not only have a job I quite enjoy, but to also work with the loveliest group of people :) Among my new team (I still feel kinda new to the job even though it’s been just over 6 months since I’ve been here!) is an old colleague who I used to work with in my travel agent days, who was determined to organise a little something for my birthday at work – she decided that she and the other lady in our team would be taking me out for breakfast. That’s my favourite meal of the day (and way less stressful than lunch for me), so I was pretty excited to be able to choose a venue. I wanted something close to the office so we wouldn’t have to rush back, and remembered a friend telling me about Sun Moth Canteen a while ago. It’s pretty close to work, and it’s a strange hybrid of breaky café and drinking hole.
The fit out is gorgeous, just my style, with a perfect mix of floorboards and wooden fittings and industrial lighting – a very open and welcoming space, with plenty of natural light coming in on those sunny Melbourne mornings.
The menu is pretty simple and ever evolving, with a few oat based options (muesli, bircher and porridge) and a few other standard options like smashed avo toast and omelettes, but brought up to a much nicer level with the addition of things like smoked ham hock and walnut thyme butter…
The girls went with the omelettes with three cheese and sides of ham hock and mushrooms. Amazing. A big, fluffy, grated pecorino pile of egg on top of some house brick-sized crunchy toast, it smelt incredible. The girls polished them off so I’m guessing they tasted pretty good, too!
For me it had to be the bircher – I love it! A delicious classic bircher topped with stewed rhubarb, fresh apple slices and a golden crumble, it was the ultimate hot weather comfort food breaky. Rich and creamy, filling without being heavy or sickening, and the crumble was amazing – perfect crunchy touch with the creamy bircher.
Seeing the nice little bar set up also got me interested in popping back in after work one night for a drink, too… Another awesome addition to Melbourne’s laneways – and they’re open from 7.30am weekdays, so consider a pre-work breakfast date! Also open tomorrow should you want a late brunch with booze… have a great weekend everyone :)