One recent sunny Sunday I met up with the lovely Tahlia for brunch at Mayday Coffee on Bridge Road, Richmond. It’s the newest cafe from the folks behind Axil Coffee, so I was looking forward to trying not only their coffee but the food too!
The all-day menu includes a mix of sweet and savoury options, with plenty of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free choices that are well marked on the menu. The staff were friendly and attentive with our orders arriving promptly despite it being a pretty busy morning.
I started with my regular soy flat white which was unsurprisingly very well made and was nice and hot. We were seated not far from the coffee machine and the baristas were working incredibly hard, that’s for sure. I guess when you’re a cafe run by coffee people that is to be expected!
I ummed and ahhed over what to order to eat for a while, but in the end went with the Chargrilled Cauliflower & Haloumi Beignet ($17.50) because how can you go past haloumi! It came with smoked almonds, Meredith feta, rocket, cauliflower puree, a poached egg and truffle oil. The second it arrived at the table Tahlia and I commented on how incredibly delicious it smelt, and thankfully it tasted just as good! The egg was perfectly cooked with a nice runny yolk and the smoked almonds added excellent flavour and texture to the dish. Whilst I didn’t get the squeak of the haloumi that I do love given it was in the beignet, I still got the delicious, salty flavour so I wasn’t complaining!
It wasn’t the largest dish, particularly for the price, but it was more filling than it probably looked. If you were completely starving you might not find it quite enough of a dish, so I’d probably recommend going with the avocado or summer tomato dishes I saw go past which were much more substantial vegetarian options. I was more than happy with this dish though!
Tahlia ordered the Traditional Bacon Chop ($18) which was served with poached eggs, watercress and bearnaise on a sesame bagel. Now, obviously I didn’t try this dish myself but there was nothing left on the plate which is always a good sign! These eggs were equally well cooked with oozy yolks and it was a significant sized bacon chop too!
We decided to just go all out and try something from their cabinet of delicious looking baked goods, so chose to share one of the Peach Cronuts ($7). It was definitely not the easiest thing to share, but it sure was delicious! Light, flaky pastry with a creamy peach flavoured custard filling. I might have made a mess eating it but I’m very glad we decided to get one to share!
Overall we had a really delicious brunch complete with excellent coffee and wandered out very full and happy. Mayday coffee is not far from my office so I think I might have to head back soon, at the very least for coffee and a cronut!
Have you tried any of Axil Coffee’s cafes? Maybe Mayday Coffee should be on your list!