THE GLASS DEN
THE MOST COLOURFUL BRUNCH
A few weeks ago, my friend Stephanie and I decided to make it our mission to find a brunch plate that was just downright #instagramgoals. Boy, did we find it.
Firstly, I pride myself on being able to find the most Instagram worthy places. I like to think of it as one of my biggest talents, though obviously in reality, anybody with the app could do it. (Shh.) After scrolling through various Melbourne brunch related accounts, I stumbled upon the page of The Glass Den. Immediately, I was sold. Not only did they have bright & colourful foods such as hot cakes and waffles, but they also sold purple lattes. Yes. Purple.
We decided to sit outside, although it was a pretty cold day – the things we’ll do for natural lighting in photos.. We were just starting to regret our decision when the waitress came out to offer us blankets… which of course we accepted! I’ve never ate anywhere before where they gave you blankets to sit with, and I think more places need to get on board!
We ordered our drinks first; Steph ordered a hot chocolate, and I of course had to try the taro (purple!) latte. The menu described the latte as being “sweet, purple and nutty” which was exactly how I would describe it as well. It almost had an earthy kind of taste to it, which I loved and would definitely get again.
We got these amazing sweet potato wedges to share as a starter. I generally prefer regular fries/chips to sweet potato, but these were incredibly tasty.
As for the dipping sauce? Charcoal aioli! Charcoal seems to be the latest food craze (move over tumeric lattes) and to be honest, I love it. The aioli was super tasty, though admittedly it did taste just like regular ol’ aioli… which is fine with me!
Next up: our mains. I always struggle to pick what I want for brunch. I usually prefer something savoury (like bacon & eggs) in the mornings, but then I think about how I could make that at home in no time at all, and for a fraction of the cost (I know; I’m cheap.) So, with that in mind, I decided to step up the charcoal game with charcoal hotcakes.
Charcoal hotcakes with taro mascarpone, matcha soil, figs, wild berries, kiwis, citrus meringue and passionfruit sorbet with white choc ganache.
Have you ever seen a more beautiful breakfast? Even the sorbet sliding off the hotcakes couldn’t ruin it. It definitely puts my standard vegemite-on-toast breakfast to shame.
The hotcakes were absolutely delicious, and the sorbet made it even more so. I’ve never had sorbet on hotcakes before (I’m strictly a lemon & sugar kind of gal) and I was definitely surprised on how well they worked together. I might even have to give it a go at home! Recipe, anyone?
While the purple stuff around the plate (taro mascarpone, maybe?) didn’t really have a taste – to be honest, I’m not sure if I was meant to eat it or not, hahaha – everything else on the plate was tasty & perfect. Also, this is the first meal I’ve ever been served with edible flowers, and I dig it!
Bubble waffle with timtam, matcha soil, raspberry sorbet, hazelnut, raspberry coulis, strawberries, blueberries and citrus meringue.
I have to say, I think Stephanie’s food was even prettier than mine. I love food being served on wooden boards, so I was a little jealous when hers came out! We did try each others choices, and I do think I preferred mine – but that comes down to my love for hotcakes exceeding that of waffles.