Cauliflower & corn fritters at Collective Espresso, Camberwell Melbourne
The Collective Espresso is one of those hidden gems in Melbourne’s breakfast scene. Located in the inner city suburbs of Camberwell, a convenience 10-15 train ride from the CBD, this is a cafe worthy of any ‘top eat’ list in Melbourne.
This tiny gem is a popular spot for coffee lovers and foodies alike, and with its steady flow of business this is always a popular spot to be seen at. Although small in size, the cafe spills out onto the curb offering additional space for those wanting fresh air, or needing more space with prams or pets.
Usually when I eat at the Collective I come here for their extraordinary avocado and fetta cheese mash topped with micro herbs. This is a hugely popular dish in Melbourne. One you will find on most, if not all, cafe breakfast menus. The balance between the creamy avocado and the salty fetta cheese is perfection. A poached egg is an optional, but in my opinion a necessary addition to the plate.
This time however I was tempted to try their Cauliflower and corn fritters. I’ve always been obsessed with corn dishes, and for the most part will order a dish based on its corn content. (weird but true!) These fritters are lightly fried making them crispy on the outside, but moist and soft on the inside. The cauliflower acts as a potato like mash giving the fritters their distinct texture.
The three fritters are generous in size and come accompanied with tomato chutney, sliced avocado, goats cheese and micro herbs. I also added a single poached egg to the order for some additional filling protein. The combo of these ingredients and rich gooey egg yolk is out of this world. The richness of the egg is cut through by the chutney and the salty cheese.
This will be my new ‘go to’ dish on there menu.
A quick note must be made of their coffee. The constant take away line is proof of how good this coffee. They use Maker Fine beans and produce a strong, rich and smooth coffee!
Where is you’re favourite place for brunch? And do you always stick with the same dish, or do you mix it up? I’d love to hear from you!