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Published September 7th 2016
Breakfast in style
Breakfasting in Melbourne can be a tricky one. Often you find a great place with an amazing menu and the moment word gets out, there's a queue out the door. So you wait, stomach grumbling, cursing people for ruining a great thing.
Or worse yet, you get a table and spend your time at breakfast, (which is meant to be a relaxing experience) struggling to hear yourself think over the noise, hustle and bustle of the cafe. And good luck trying to have a conversation.
Step inside Melbourne's Hotel Windsor to enjoy a sophisticated breakfast at One Eleven. Image courtesy of Visit Victoria
So here's a great solution. Venture into the city with someone you love having conversations with and waltz yourself straight into The Hotel Windsor on Spring Street. Why? Because this gorgeous (and I do mean really truly gorgeous) hotel restaurant serves up an amazingly delicious breakfast that give any trendy cafe a run for its money and here's the kicker, you don't have to be a hotel guest to dine.
The creamed corn on sourdough at One Eleven. Image:The Ideas Library
Breakfast at The Hotel Windsor's signature restaurant, One Eleven, isn't just for guests who stay the night; it's for anyone who enjoys starting the day with a 5-star experience. And five star it truly is, where else in Melbourne can you get impeccable service, crisp white table linen, beautiful piano music in the background and a seriously sophisticated environment to actually relax and enjoy a conversation.
The menu also offers up something so much more sophisticated than your typical hotel breakfast buffet with dishes created by executive chef, Joel Alderson, that include interesting, seasonal ingredients and flavour combinations. Menu favourites include items like the toasted waffle with marsala caramel, with fresh fig, mascarpone cheese and walnut or my dish, the creamed sweet corn on sourdough toast with serrano ham, sage and semi-cured goats' cheese (above).
We also tried the free range goats cheese omelette with zucchini and squash, avocado, green olive and oregano served on sourdough (below).
The goat cheese omelette at One Eleven inside the Hotel Windsor. Image:The Ideas Library
It's an ideal spot to bring you mum or nan for breakfast or anyone where you actually want to enjoy a relaxing breakfast out with good company. It's also not so different price-wise from the city cafe breakfasts you'd be queuing up for.
And if you're keen to arrive a little later in the afternoon, the high tea here is also a worthwhile experience.
One Eleven is located just off the main lobby inside the Hotel Windsor.