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Published August 23rd 2017
A clever twist on brunch faves
Located just across the street from Glen Waverley train station, the suitably named Platform 7 has opened serving up a clever pan-Asian twist on brunch favourites.
Platform 7 is from the team behind popular CBD hotspot Hash and, like its older sibling, Platform 7 has a similar atmosphere of industrial street art/ neon lights feel. Hip Hop music gives this place a pulse and it's certainly a wake up call for commuters into the city keen to get a coffee fix.
Open just a short stroll from Glen Waverley station, Platform 7. Image:The Ideas Library
If you're sitting in for brunch you'll find the menu a little bit diiferent from the typical cafe fare in that it includes dishes such as butter poached lobster tail with corn velouté on a matcha brioche bun, as well as breakfast ramen with pork belly, mushrooms, bamboo, kimchi, onsen egg, zucchini flower, miso broth and ramen noodles.
We tried the Pea and Scallop with chorizo crumbed scallops, a pulled pork croquette, peas, apple and kohlrabi remoulade and poached eggs. It's definitely a brunch dish worth giving a go (pictured below).
The pea and scallop at Platform 7 is a clever twist on your usual brunching fare. Image:The Ideas Library
And if you're the traditional breakfast/brunching type they also offer the option to create your own with more traditional breakfast menu items such as wholemeal toast, bacon, poached eggs, etc (below).
Coffee lovers will appreciate the house blend here (Lion Tamer, courtesy of Reverance Coffee) and they also offer a rotating range of single origin blends, cold drip and your usual espresso styles.
Breakfast traditionalists are also catered for at Platform 7. Image:The Ideas Library
What makes Platform 7 different however, isn't just the creative menu. While most of the eateries surrounding it are your expected yum cha and Asian style takeaway joints, this place (while looking after the brunchers and morning takeaway coffee commuters) is also open late on weekends, creating a great spot on Friday and Saturday evenings to enjoy an end-of week drink. The wine and beer list is also tilted more towards Australian and, where possible, locally sourced brands, too.