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The Stables of Como

Written by on 23 October, 2013 in Restaurant Reviews - 1 Comment
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Ah, the old Sun­day brunch. Get­ting a group of friends together to head out for eggs, Bloody Marys and a debrief of the weekend’s activ­i­ties — it really can’t be beat. And Melbourne’s a top city to brunch in. In fact, brunch­ing is prac­ti­cally a reli­gion around these parts. So it’s no sur­prise that The Sta­bles of Como, one of South Yarra’s newer venues in one of the pret­ti­est spots in the city, is kick­ing some seri­ous goals as a brunch location.

The Sta­bles of Como has major brunch pedi­gree. It’s the newest ven­ture from Icke & Igby, the dream team behind such hotspots as Snow Pony, Friends of Mine, Mazz­itelli and Porgie & Mr Jones. These guys have made brunch their spe­cial­ity, dish­ing up eggy vari­a­tions to well-heeled crowds across Mel­bourne. Aside from the more tra­di­tional breakfast-style fare, all their venues also do a killer line of pia­di­nis, sal­ads and other lunchy bits and bobs.

Found on the south side of the his­toric Como House estate, The Sta­bles is set on the edge of the ram­bling gar­dens. White can­vas umbrel­las and top­i­aries in giant white pots dot the out­side area, with a thought­ful selec­tion of chairs and tables for those wait­ing to secure their seat (a word to the wise: wait times for a brunch spot are around an hour). It’s got a decid­edly farm­house feel inside, with rus­tic tim­ber fur­ni­ture, shelves of pre­serves and fresh flow­ers all con­tribut­ing to the shabby-chic atmosphere.

Food’s on your mind from the minute you step through the door (if it wasn’t already) — a seem­ingly never-ending counter of baked and sweet goods lines one wall of the space.  Flaky crois­sants, house-made Aggies lemon­ade scones and cup­cakes from Lit­tle Bertha jos­tle for space with home­made musk sticks and arti­sanal choco­lates, all pret­tily pre­sented on wooden boards and under glass domes. It’s incred­i­bly tempt­ing to go straight to dessert, but we resist the siren call and peruse the cafe menu.

The break­fast options are seem­ingly end­less. Organic berry gra­nola! Toasted crum­pets! Omelettes made from eggs pro­duced by The Sta­bles’ very own ‘happy’ chooks! Salted caramel milk­shake, herb and cheesy toast and the oh-so-trendy smashed avo­cado win out for our group and we set­tle in with (excel­lent) cof­fees, eagerly antic­i­pat­ing our food.

Although the cafe is busy, our meals arrive quickly and we waste no time tuck­ing in. A per­fectly poached egg sits on a moun­tain of thyme-buttered mush­rooms, all placed on thick toast lib­er­ally smeared with avo­cado. The herb & cheesy toast is also pre­sented beau­ti­fully; a gen­er­ous help­ing of bacon perches on bread cov­ered with a deca­dent amount of melted cheese, all served with a cute side of egg­plant kasundi. The toast in both dishes is thick but not doughy, pro­vid­ing a per­fect plat­form for the offer­ings atop. It’s all very attrac­tive — and deli­cious — food. Not to for­get the drinks: the salted caramel shake, served in an old-fashioned milk­shake glass (the way it should be!) is sim­ply divine.

Hap­pily full, we leave for a walk in the grounds of Como House. On our way out we’re informed that hand-packed pic­nics are avail­able to take out into the gar­dens — cheese boards and pic­nic rugs included! As the weather improves, no doubt this will be a pop­u­lar option for the brunch­ing crowd. But in the interim — or if you’re just not the out­doorsy type — the cosy farm­house at The Sta­bles will be wait­ing for you.

The Sta­bles of Como
Cnr Williams Rd & Lech­lade Ave 
South Yarra, VIC 3141

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By Natanya, serial foodstagrammer and part-time party girl.

One Comment on "The Stables of Como"

  1. Greg 30 October, 2013 at 11:46 · Reply

    Hi Natanya,

    We have just launched a new Third Wave Cafe in Prahran (in addi­tion to our café in Port Mel­bourne), and would love you to come in and try our menu. I am more than happy to offer you and a friend break­fast or lunch on the house. We have a num­ber of inter­est­ing dishes includ­ing Russ­ian Spe­cials, and Amer­i­can inspired BBQ. Our chef is the leg­endary Ryo Kita­hara, a pro­tégé of Iron Chef Sakai, and with nearly 70 menu options, there is plenty of choice. It sounds like you would most def­i­nitely enjoy our brekky fare. Along­side our exten­sive menu, we also serve sen­sa­tional cof­fee! Just let me know which day you would like to come in…

    Kind regards,

    Ph: 0435 891 944

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