Word was always going to get out about Mixed Business. It's almost a Melbourne sport to brag about 'the great cafe that you just discovered last week' to your friends. And gauging by how popular Mixed Business is on weekend mornings, I'm guessing that more than a few people have been mentioning it at dinner parties.
Mixed Business is basically your perfect Saturday brunch spot. Cool, popular, and located in Inner Melbourne. Their menu is modern, but not minimalist. On the contrary, Mixed Business has managed to keep their dishes clean and elegant, while still making sure they pack a flavour filled punch.
This Saturday, we ordered a potato rosti with eggs, and an ice cream sandwich. That's right, an ice cream sandwich. When I saw it come out, I was pretty devastated that I hadn't ordered it myself. Piecing together what I could from between my friend's groans, I managed to decipher the following.
While it was a hard act to follow, my potato rosti and eggs did give it a fair shot. On presentation, Mixed Business' rosti could have looked a little more rustic, and a little less industrial. Having said that, the rosti was nice and crisp and its rosemary was strong, but not overpowering.
The eggs were also excellently poached – successfully passing our amateur knife prodding test – and the toast was crunchy, dense and full of seeds.
Unfortunately for Mixed Business, its popularity has meant that if you are thinking of arriving after 11am, be prepared for a line - and it can get quite big.
But getting up early and avoiding the queue is definitely worth it. Just drag yourself out of bed, take a train or tram to Clifton Hill, and while you are there scribble down some notes for impressing your friends the next time you see them.