Because apparently making breakfast is rocket science
Going out for breakfast or brunch has suddenly become more exciting with the delicious and unique offerings of Einstein's 251. A relatively recent addition to Caulfield, the café brings life to the otherwise drab shopping strip on Hawthorn Road.
Einstein's 251 does all-day breakfast, so I was delighted to be able to order a breakfast well into the afternoon. Many of the dishes have science themed names for no apparent reason. I chose the e=mc2, which consisted of two spring onion and potato latkes, a poached egg, haloumi, avocado, grilled tomato with tomato chutney on the side. It arrived arranged in a stack, almost like a burger. Eating it like a burger was not a viable option -it would be a bit messy- so I had to dissemble the stack and eat it piece by piece.
I was quite pleased with the breakfast I ordered. The latkes were delicious and not too oily, and the avocado brought a fresh taste to the otherwise heavy meal. I appreciated that there was not one but two slices of grilled haloumi cheese, which was so good that experiencing it just once would not be enough. The poached egg was a bit much- it was also difficult to eat, as it was runny when pierced. This caused the bottom latke to become slightly soggy. Despite this, I would highly recommend getting the e=mc2- although maybe ask for it without an egg if you're not too hungry.
Einstein's 251 is reasonably priced- I ordered the most expensive breakfast on the menu, which was $17.50. Most breakfast options were around the $12 - $16 mark, such as the smashed avo with salmon and a poached egg. This was one of the plainest offerings on the menu- most were standard café fare with a Middle Eastern twist.
Best of all, service was exceptionally fast. We were seated and given menus immediately, and once we'd ordered, the food arrived surprisingly quickly.
Small but busy, Einstein's 251 was loud with chatter on the Sunday afternoon that I went there. If there were any more tables squeezed in there, it would be cramped (although there are tables out the front if crowded cafés make you claustrophobic). The café hasn't yet had its second birthday, so the décor is still all quite new. It isn't quite science themed so much as science inspired- the interior is vaguely reminiscent of a lab with a central long bench.