31 Railway Parade, Glen Waverley VIC
(03) 8838 2896
There’s no denying that central Melbourne is home to some of Australia’s (if not the world’s) best brunch destinations, but venture out of the CBD and you’ll find your foodie hit list just keeps on growing. With a classically trained chef in the kitchen and an impressive repertoire of specialty coffee on offer, Platform 7 is an inspired take on the classic Aussie brunch.
Brought to you by Hash Specialty Coffee, Platform 7 (which happens to be right next to Glen Waverley staton) is all about bringing bang-on, restaurant-quality modern Australian fare to the eastern burbs.
When it comes to coffee, their Lion Tamer house blend from for ‘the Wave’ (that’s easterner speak for Glen Waverley) locals Reverence Coffee Roasters has been source from all over the globe. The Lion Tamer’s palate, they say, is ‘voluptuous’, and it pairs beautifully with milk. Single Origin espresso and filter beans from guest producers are on rotation, so there’s something new to try with each visit.
The menu created by classically trained head chef, Jin Jang, is full of innovative takes Australian brunch classics complete with Pan-Asian touches. Expect to see staples such as eggs benny (but with a pulled barbecue pork potato cake, pumpkin hollandaise and flame grilled pineapple) and folded eggs (with asparagus, mushroom duxelles, black truffle and maple bacon jam).
But for the signature Platform 7 experience, go straight for their Lobster Roll. Butter-poached lobster tail, coleslaw and corn sprouts, cradled in a bright green matcha brioche bun and served with lime, burrata and corn velouté sauce. If your sweet tooth is calling, the Nutella banana pecan loaf – topped with vanilla mascarpone, sweet ricotta, berries and chocolate truffle sauce – is just the ticket. And you ought to pair it with a signature Mörk Hot Chocolate served with fairy floss, or an Ayomo cold-pressed juice if you’re feeling something fresher.
The food isn’t the only source of creativity at Platform 7. The sleek, contemporary design (complete with a striking purple neon sign that casts a magenta hue over the cafe’s lush courtyard) not only lends itself to hip cafe dining, but will be used as a backdrop for for the local art, with gallery exhibitions to be hosted there on a monthly basis.
With plans for more venues in Box Hill, Williams Landing and East Hawthorn, Hash Specialty Coffe’s s takeover of the Aussie brunch scene is just beginning.