Stagger Lee’s is the newest cafe offering from the folks behind Proud Mary in Collingwood, and despite being on nearby Brunswick Street was a whole lot easier to get a table at! B and I went along to check it out for brunch one sunny Saturday, and we were pretty impressed with the offerings!
We started with our regular drinks offerings, an English Breakfast Tea ($3.50) for B which came in a cute matching tea set, with plenty of milk (lack of milk is B’s pet peeve!).
I went with my soy flat white ($3.80) which was really delicious, slightly bitter with a nice crema on top. An excellent start!
The menu is really well labelled with lots of vegetarian and vegan options (or able to be made vegan), as well as gluten free and paleo choices. Both sweet and savoury are well covered, with the standard breakfast fare given an interesting twist.
B ordered the The Simple – vine tomatoes, hass avocado, Meredith goats curd, basil, olive oil & Murray River pink salt ($15.50) with an additional poached egg ($3). He really loved this dish, there was a good amount of each ingredient on great sourdough toast. The egg was perfectly cooked and oozed wonderfully over the top, and anything with Meredith cheese is going to go down well with us!
I ordered the Fitz-Royale – grilled asparagus, cashew cheese, hass avocado, fresh herbs, pea tendrils and citrus ($15.50) with an added poached egg ($3). I’m loving anything to do with asparagus at the moment so this jumped straight off the menu to me!
It came with a lot of herbs on top which I had to redistribute a little to get to the rest of the breakfast, but they definitely added some great flavour. The cashew cream was quite chunky which was different to how I normally eat it, but the nuts added some interesting texture which was actually quite welcome. The bread was a delicious seedy loaf, and I’m glad there was only one slice as I was pretty full by the end of the meal! My egg was also perfectly cooked and was an excellent addition to the meal. I was a pretty happy camper.
We decided to splash out and share a fancy milkshake to end the meal – the Caramel Pixie Gangsta Milkshake ($10) which was made up of salted caramel and chunks of honeycomb. I’m very glad we shared this as it was really rich, but very delicious. The chunks of honeycomb were great, but we could have done with a spoon to help us fish the last few from the bottom of the cup at the end. It was a pretty pricy milkshake, but we enjoyed it!
We left pretty full but very content and I would definitely go back to try more of the menu (some of the sweet items definitely called my name which is rare for me!). Stagger Lee’s is a great addition to the Brunswick Street landscape, which has been a little overshadowed by Smith Street in recent years!