What are we looking for when we go out for breakfast? The usual brekkys we could make at home or meals we would never normally try? A little bit of both, I suspect. This ideal is what makes Shanklin cafe stand out, amongst a plethora of cool cafes in inner Melbourne’s Hawthorn East.
This clever breakfast cafe in Hawthorn East works both sides of the street, getting up sleepyheads with eccentric top-of-the-morning treats along with a fuss free breakfast fare.
Shanklin’s all day breakfast and lunch menu is an invitation to bend the dining rules. So, if you feel like a Peri chicken salad with your first coffee of the day, or Bircher muesli with your last one, here’s where you can do it.
The name is funny and quirky, but what does it mean? It’s a take on shanklish, a cheese popular in Lebanon made from sheep or cow’s milk. Here it’s folded incredibly into your home special: a humungous scramble of canary yellow egg with cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs on thick, warm slices of Oasis bread ($ 20). Shanklish reminds me of feta however it’s drier and way more mouth-watering.
Chef Jimmy Wong keeps things Middle Eastern with baked eggs shakshuka ($ 20). 2 poached eggs– well done– are lodged deep in a heavy black frying pan, all however submerged in a bubbling brew of red pepper, tomato and chorizo. Our hot-to-touch serve was spread with snow white goat’s cheese and newly torn herbs.
But it’s not all eggs. Shanklin’s good-looking sweet corn fritters are kissed with guacamole salsa and a lick of yoghurt ($ 18), while the breakfast burrito ($ 18), thick with chilli beans, corn and mozzarella cheese, will have you tipping your sombrero.
Then, there are the huge meals you can have anytime. Who says you can’t start the day with a porterhouse steak sandwich ($ 19.50) or a wellness-inducing quinoa salad ($ 19)?
Bizarre-sounding Nutella stuffed pancakes ($ 19); bulging with strawberries, grilled banana and Oreo crumble, keeping things sweet.
I’ll be back for Shanklin’s flawless green eggs ($ 19). What a strong stack– increased pink slices of Christmas ham crowned with chunky avocado, and then drizzled with house-made pesto. How were the eggs you say? Soft as purchased.
A spanking new Synesso espresso machine has pride of location and the baristas draw full bean flavour from their single origin blends. It can be a taste of Panama one early morning, Kenya the next. Non-coffee drinkers are well served by juices, milkshakes and organic teas.
Genuinely warm and inviting, the flooring personnel at Shanklin put us at ease immediately. There are bottles of water on the table minutes after you are seated.
It’s housed in a 19th century building, with Victorian-era lace, however Shanklin is as modern as they come. Indoor-outdoor areas are unified by exposed brick and polished concrete, while metal tiles and pale wood rub up against each other at the rear.