Pronounced 'noshery', this unassuming beachside eatery is perched at the edge of Albert Park, nestled beneath bending palm trees. Surrounded by windows one got the sense of openness which is atypical of the many popular eateries in inner-city Melbourne, where you tended to knock elbows with strangers.
Aside from its tranquil surrounds fitting for a relaxing weekend brunch, Nshry serves excellent dishes made with high-quality ingredients well worth its moderate price tag. The dishes are clean-cut and not of your average corner-cafe calibre, yet the portions were surprisingly generous.
Barely had I warmed my seat for a few seconds did I experience immediate food-envy. I eyed off the pan- fried scallops perched atop a mountain of avocado and fetta mash on toasted sourdough toast sprinkled with fried chunks of bacon and fresh chilli ($19) soaring above our heads towards a neighbouring table and was immediately sold. Being an avid bruncher this was the first time I had ever had seafood with my toast but surprisingly the combination worked. The scallops were perfectly cooked and complimented the well seasoned avocado mash and salty bacon bits beautifully.
My brunch pal, JW, opted for the infamous 'Umami burger' ($22). A juicy Angus beef burger wedged between two perfectly toasted brioche buns with the additional flourishes of caramelised onions, mushrooms, gruyere cheese and a parmesan crisp for extra texture. As a lover of sauces, I almost squealed with delight at the side dish containing 3 different sauces: tomato, wasabi kewpie and spicy chip dip. Top that with a generous side serving of perfectly crisp potato chips, slaw and pickles - delish!
Last but not least, a café in Melbourne cannot be considered a win unless it produces decent coffee and in this regard Nshry certainly does not disappoint. My mocha ($3.50) was smooth and aromatic- a perfect Sunday morning 'wake-me-up'.
A morning at Nshry was an experience enough to rejuvenate the soul after a hectic week. It ticks all the boxes: excellent coffee, an innovative menu using fresh ingredients in a charming venue with tranquil surrounds. Situated in an unexpected spot at the edge of the inner city a journey here was one that required a test of faith, especially with the name Nshry, it had better be worth the 2 vowel omission!