Having seen the sun before I fell asleep after the party, it seemed a fitting time to test the hangover cures on offer in The Writer's neighbourhood. He was determined to have a proper big breakfast so we ruled out Ray as not being the desired sort of egg and bacon establishment. The Writer vetoed Small Block, I assume due to the standard twenty minute weekend wait for a table, so instead we headed to its sister establishment, El Mirage.
We'd enjoyed a quiet weekend lunch there a few months ago and what a difference time and a review in The Age make. The place was buzzing but fortunately one thing it isn't short on is space. Unlike Ray you are not placed uncomfortably close to your fellow diner; a blessing as raging headaches and communal dining are rarely compatible. I developed a fondness for El Mirage's industrial design when I spent a morning there with my laptop and a pot of earl grey after being locked out . The service is a step above other Brunswick cafes and greatly appreciated when one is feeling a little delicate.
This time I opt for the BLT which much to my delight is actually a BLAT (bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato). A little extra fat, even of the healthy variety, is more than welcome. There's nothing minimalist about this offering, hearty slices of bread carry the substantial fillings that form one of the better BLAT's I've tasted.
For those with a sweet tooth I've previously sampled the cherry chocolate toast, which I think comes from Phillippa's. With its oozing melted chocolate chips and a coffee, it makes for afternoon tea heaven.
There's no Big Breakfast option but The Writer happily places an order of poached eggs with sides of home fries, mushrooms, chorizo and bacon. There's something blissful about the combination of fried potatoes and runny eggs and my fork ventures across the table more than I'd care to admit. Rounded off with an OJ and coffee he makes a remarkable recovery.
349 Lygon St, Brunswick East
Ph: 03 9388 0966
Mon-Fri 7.30am-5pm; Sat-Sun 8.30am-5pm