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