Freshly squeezed juice while squeezing your budget
Doing breakfast or brunch can send you broke if you are not careful. Trendy cafes sometimes charge exorbitant prices, charging a premium for sitting in their industrial-chic setting. Even so-called cheap eats will leave you with little change from a twenty for your tiny serve of eggs benedict.
The trick for brunching on a budget is to head to areas that the hipsters have not discovered yet, where the rent is low but the sourdough is perfectly toasted. Here is my pick of budget brunch spots in the South-East.
Dolce Delights is a tiny café in Bentleigh that is easily overlooked. They specialise in cakes, but they also have an incredibly cheap breakfast menu. Their incredible breakfast bruschetta with poached eggs, as shown in the picture, is $11.50. Eggs on toast is just $6.50, and a breakfast plate including a sausage and an omelette is $12.90. They also have a selection of light snacks, include $4.90 paninis. I highly recommended Dolce Delights for their breakfast bruschetta. The fact that they are cheap is a bonus.
Big Bear Café
Big Bear is known for their tasty yet cheap open sandwiches. Photo: Big Bear Facebook page.
Big Bear's menu is quite small, but so are their prices. Their dishes include two poached or scrambled eggs ($7.50), fruit salad ($9.50) and waffles ($9.50). But really, you should order an open sandwich from the Glen Huntly café. Their selection includes smashed avocado and feta, bacon and smashed avocado, and salmon and goat's cheese. Eggs can be added for a few extra dollars.
In the same locale as Big Bear, Workshop Specialty Coffee is expensive for most items, but there are a few budget breakfast options that are worth going there for. Plain eggs on sourdough is $9.80, muesli or porridge is $11.90, and eggs benedict is $13.90. Adding a drink to your breakfast would be enough to push you over the $15 mark, but Workshop is still worth a mention for their divine eggs benedict with hollandaise sauce.
Mentone's Le Roi café is known as being one of the best in the area. They are also fairly reasonable when it comes to price. Their big breakfast, shown above, is $14.90; in my experience most places charge a few dollars more for something similar. They also serve eggs florentine for $12.90.