The Breakfast Club is located in St Georges Rd, Northcote, nestled in a little strip of shops. It is a small, light filled, quirkily outfitted space full of nicknacks.
I think the Breakfast Club is such a great name for a cafe. While it naturally evokes thoughts of breakfast (and eggs!) it also has that extra element of taking me back to one of the classic movies of my childhood:
I already have the strains of Simple Minds in my head as well – classic eighties stuff (if you need a reminder, check out the final scene of the movie, including the epic music, here).
Tangent completed, on to the cafe.
As you would expect from a cafe called the Breakfast Club, there is a focus on all things suitable for breakfast, many of which make a pretty fine lunch as well. The cafe offers “toasts with the mosts” (from $4.50 – $10) and an ode to the film with the inclusion of the ringwald (French brie and quince paste melt with basil on sourdough toast – $8), a very apt choice given that in the film, Ringwald’s character Claire is the stuck-up princess, who likes the finer things in life (sushi in 1985!). On to the rest of the menu, there are fresh rolls ($7.50 – $8.50) with amusing names like “Rollin wit my homies”, toasted sandwiches ($6.50-$7.50) and soup of the day ($8.50). Eggs are given the focus they deserve with a variety of baked eggs ($13.50) as well as eggs in a roll ($11). Finally, you can eat something breakfasty for those with a “Sweet Tooth”, think cinnamon toast with stewed fruit and yoghurt or organic vegan banana and date bread with cream cheese ($7 – $9.50) you can even go back to childhood and get some Coco Pops for $4. For the gluten-free peeps I am happy to report that the Breakfast Club has gluten free bread on hand as well.
I visited the Breakfast Club for lunch and couldn’t go past the baked eggs (and neither could my dining companion Saskia). I ordered the Huevos Rancheros baked eggs ($13.50):
The eggs were baked with spinach and a variety of beans, with fetta and coriander on top and sour cream on the side. The bean mix with the eggs was not particularly spicy, but the sour cream was still a great element. The photo doesn’t really do it justice but this was quite a generous serving of said eggs. On the side, there was a seriously great little avocado, tomato and coriander salad. It was incredibly simple but it worked because the tomatoes were so fresh and actually flavoursome (unlike those pitiful things you find in the supermarket).
Coffee (Supreme) was good and for the Bon Soy lovers, it is stocked here as well.
Service was very relaxed (perhaps a little too relaxed when we first arrived), but they absolutely won us over with their friendliness by the end. I will absolutely return.
Note: the owners of the Breakfast Club have opened a cafe/restaurant next door, aptly called the Next Door Diner. I will be checking that out in the near future as well (EDIT: I’ve now been to Next Door Diner and I loved it).
The Breakfast Club
206 St Georges Road, Northcote
Ph: 0450 581 494