The Left Handed Chef is a small cafe in South Melbourne, a little away from the hubub of South Melbourne Market. It has an incredibly home feel, with books in the front window bench, a grandfather clock in the back and a eclectic mix of furniture. September will mark its 5th anniversary and in that time it’s become a local favourite and also attracted hungry brunch hunters from all over Melbourne to sample the Israeli influenced menu. We visited one Saturday morning for Brunch and will share that experience with you.
To start we ordered one of their cappuccinos, the coffee itself was excellent and it came dusted with the logo of the cafe which was a cute touch!
For food the first dish we ordered was the colourful banana bread french toast which consisted of two thick slices of banana bread cooked french toast style and served with fresh berries topped with mascarpone and persian fairy floss, and scattered with pomegranate seeds and maple syrup. This was a decadently heavy dish and definitely one for those that like their rich sweet dishes. The banana bread was has a delicious richness that was emphasises by the maple syrup and mascarpone, and the berries provided a welcome pop of tartness.
The second dish we ordered was ‘The Piggy’ from the Waffle Mania menu. This consisted of thick cut bacon and chilli folded eggs sandwiched between two waffles with cheese melted over them and topped with a dollop of avo goats cheese smash. This was another rich dish, with the creaminess of the eggs and cheese balanced well with the strong flavour for the bacon and the sharpness from the goats curd from the avo smash. The chilli also came through nicely to provide some warmth.
LHC was a lovely place to sit and chat for a while so we hung around for a while, digesting and sipping on some of their fresh watermelon and mint juices and pot of earl grey tea. The watermelon juice was particularly refreshing and was the perfect way to end the deliciously rich meal with something a bit lighter.
Overall, this cafe is a must try for those that live in the area, and well worth the trek if you’re not in the area, but keen to try some non-standard brunch dishes. Pretty much every single one of their dishes are unique to the cafe, or at the very least have an interesting twist!
Loveatfirstbite_aus dined as guests of The Left Handed Chef. All opinions are our own.