161 Spring Street
I’ve been meaning to drop by The European for brunch after hearing good things for a while now. It’s a little darker within, I’d probably wait to brunch in their al fresco area out front in the future. Their breakfast menu is available all day, but their lunch menu kicks in at 12.
A little selection of sweet treats await on the counter.
A whipped creamy mayonnaise almost.
Bruschetta with Roasted Mushrooms, Poached Egg & Roquette ($16)
The assorted mushrooms were juicy and full of flavour, seated atop a crusty toasted bread with a poached egg, complete with runny yolk.
Potted Crystal Prawns ($16.5)
The small diced prawns were warm, with mild diced onions, slightly tangy even without the lemon wedge. Served with thin
Tomato & Onion Jam Tarte Tatin with Goat’s Curd ($16.5)
The cherry tomatoes are warm and beautifully juicy, bursting in my mouth, with sweet caramelised onions. A little more of the onions would be good. Covered in a delightfully musky goat’s curd. The tart was a little disappointing, possibly soggy from the cherry tomatoes and a little on the thicker side. I longed for the gorgeous golden tart at the Brix.
Spaghetti alla Marinara ($30.5)
Slightly spicy with an assortment of fresh seafood, making the pasta full of flavour - al dente with a lovely bite.
The European is a good spot for late risers, offering something a little heartier past noon from their lunch menu, yet you still have the option for something lighter from their breakfast menu. Slightly more traditional compared to the wonderful array of brunch places we have popping up all over Melbourne.