Bentleigh's Centre Road shopping strip is more dowdy than dapper. It is no rival to the trendy shopping strips that line suburbs like St Kilda and Brunswick, with their kitsch brunch spots boasting gourmet ingredients put together by colourful locals. It is then curious that, in a shopping strip that's known for its two dollar shops, quiet Sunday market and affordable cafes, there is Little Tommy Tucker with its new-fangled wagyu burgers and quinoa salads.
My friend and I both ordered the pesto eggs, with butter thyme mushrooms as a side. Words cannot do justice to the wonder that is pesto scrambled eggs. Even the picture below cannot explain their deliciousness. You need to try this dish for yourself.
Pesto eggs with butter thyme mushrooms from Little Tommy Tucker.
The butter thyme mushrooms, on the other hand, I could have done without. At $4 for three rather flat mushrooms, they were a pricey addition to the $10.50 pesto eggs. The mushrooms had a strong flavour, tempered by the rich butter they were infused with, but they went cold far quicker than they could reasonably be eaten. You would have to be a dedicated lover of mushrooms to scarf down three whole mushrooms in the minutes you have before they cool to stodginess.
As one of the only decent brunch spots in sight, Little Tommy Tucker is a busy place. We opted to sit outside rather than stand around waiting for a table. Service is unhurried but reasonable. The menu features cheaper options, such as the pesto eggs, while their lunch dishes are a little more expensive, pushing the $20 mark. There is also a kids' menu available.
Little Tommy Tucker is great but it is not the 'only decent brunch spot in sight'. Bent Espresso on Bent Street not only does great coffee but fresh, tasty, wholesome food and has been a favourite of locals for years.