The best all day breakfast in Melbourne. I mean it, the BEST. Here's what I look for when I have a breakfast craving at all hours of the day.
1) Must have a reasonable selection of both sweet and savoury. I will always, ALWAYS pick a savoury breaky, my other half however will always pick sweet. This obviously means that I am the sweeter than he is!
2) While I am not vegetarian, I was. Sometimes I just feel like something lighter, healthier, so I like to know there are a few vegetarian/vegan options to choose from.
3) If I am going to get up early....or late.....or just get out of bed at all, to have breaky, I want food that's better than what I can make at home, at a reasonable price, in a relaxed atmosphere.
4) I can be cranky in the morning, so I may not want the set breakfast you have. I like to have a good list of optional.
So how does Servery And Spoon. score on my score card?
I'm going to go ahead and say 9.5/10.
I've been here 4 times so far. 3 eat in, 1 take away. The first time I had dukkah crusted poached eggs on smashed avo with what I THINK is a lime and basil seasoning. Something unique, that I have never had or seen at any other restaurant and boy, was it good. I am very into simple cooking – cooking with limited ingredients to enjoy the flavours. This dish somehow managed to be the perfect combination of simple flavours, with a complicated technique (the crusted eggs). It's a truly unbelievable dish.
Second time I had the zucchini falafels. I must admit that when I was a vegetarian I became obsessed with zucchinis. I make zucchini salads, used it instead of pasta in lasagne, and can eat fritters like a teenager would eat chips. Zucchinis in restaurants though tend to be much like an angry woman– temperamental and unpredictable. I've ordered so many dishes in other restaurants that have left me disappointed after trying a soggy, flavourless zucchini. This was NOT one of those times. Served with a yoghurt sauce, the falafels are light and fluffy, and left me 100% satisfied.
Are you drooling? I'm drooling just writing about it. Then there's the staff. Friendly but not in your face. Customer service to me is important. I work on a helpdesk and can appreciate that some people just want to stay in a bad mood. That being said, if you work in customer service I am going to assume that you actually like customers. Maybe this is an unfair assumption, since many cafes and restaurants now have teenagers that could only talk to you through Twitter. Not Servery and Spoon. The staff are all a little bit hipster, and a whole lot friendly and down to earth. It's also 100% baby and child friendly for those Mums out there who have felt judging eyes when your baby cries in public.
Now, to be completely honest, I can't comment on their coffee, as I don't drink coffee, but they have a great selection of teas. While green tea is my favourite, I have to recommend their Ginger and Lemongrass tea. Light and not overpowering, great for a morning boost.
It is by far my favourite breakfast place in Melbourne and the fact that I can go anytime, on any day, only makes it sweeter.