In contrast to the average Melburnian, I don't go out to brunch much. So when I made a conscious effort to go out, I made a sudden switch of plan.
The cafe we planned to visit was quite busy and then I noticed Lankan Tucker next door. I realised Lankan Tucker had been on my "go-to" list for ages and I never realised it was located on this street in Brunswick West.
I took this as a sign to give it a go - with its unique brunch flavours, I was eager to be adventurous with our meal.
It was a nice sunny day, a little chilly, but the outdoor seating still seemed appealing for a breath of fresh air.
The outdoor seating - image via the Lankan Tucker website
The service was prompt, with menus arriving quickly after we sat down.
The breakfast and lunch menu were both available, making the choosing part quite hard. The breakfast sounded more fusion whilst the lunch sounded a little closer to classic Sri Lankan food. But one thing is for sure - everything sounded delicious.
We started off with drinks. My friend ordered a coffee (they use the popular St.Ali / Sensory Lab beans) whilst I opted to be adventurous once again.
I ordered a Faluda ($8.5) - if I had to describe it, I'd say it's the Sri Lankan version of bubble tea. It was presented beautifully and used milk, Casa Casa (basil Seed), sherbet syrup, jelly and vanilla ice cream. Extremely suitable for a sweet tooth, so I loved it.
We finally made our food order and I went with the Roti Riser ($18) with Sri Lankan handmade roti, Sri Lankan curry, seeni sambol, coconut sambol, poached egg and house made apricot chutney. You can choose various fillings so I went with the beef option.
Most brunch dishes win me over with their rosti so I added a side of that too. The crispy exterior was perfect and the inside steaming hot. The sambol and curry provided a burst of flavour and definitely did not hold back on the spice. I was glad I ordered a milky drink to combat that.
I loved everything about the dish and the only downside for some people is that it can be quite heavy for a morning meal - no complaints from me however, as I had strategically planned a hike to work it off afterwards.
Meanwhile, my friend chose the Hollan-Daze Brekky ($19) with poached eggs on potato rosti, corn bread, smashed avocado, orange hollandaise sauce, bacon and salmon. She also added some mushrooms and Sri Lankan sausage because we were curious as to what the sausage would taste like.
Verdict - delicious! It's flavoursome and it's got a spicy kick to wake you up.
The restaurant interior - image taken via the Lankan Tucker website