- high chair;
- pram access;
- disabled toilet with pram access; and
- standard menu suitable for children.
As a parent you will know that sleep-ins are a thing of the past. No matter how desperately you need it, your little ones will have you awake at 7am, 6am, 5am whether you like it or not. Weekdays, weekends, public holidays, you’ll be eating breakfast while the rest of population are still hitting the snooze button.
The best thing about Breakfast Thieves is that it lives up to its name. It is open for bright and early for breakfast every day (except Monday) from 7:30am and for parents that’s perfect timing.
The thievery bit comes into the equation via the theme of the cafe – a mysterious hat and coat hanging permanently by the door. Tricksy ‘thief’ references for the menu items. The fitout is otherwise industrial-warehouse-chic with the exposed brickwork, bare light bulbs and timber furniture so beloved of inner city Melbourne cafes.
While it pains me to say it, my neighbourhood is not great for child-friendly eats so Breakfast Thieves is refreshing – lots of space for prams, a big bathroom that you can wheel a pram into and even a high chair! There is no kids menu (come on, it is hipster-ville here) but NKOTB highly recommends the gigantic Anzac biscuit ($3). It certainly keeps her quiet and occupied so I have a chance to enjoy my meal and I have learnt to order it as soon as I get in the door before I even sit down!
I’ve had numerous breakfast items there since it opened and I can highly recommend the brioche pain perdu ($15), two thick slices of eggy brioche with maple syrup, poached apples, strawberries, a scoop of light vanilla mascarpone and a generous sprinkling of crushed pistachios and almond flakes. (In fact, NKOTB unsurprisingly enjoyed this dish as well).
If savoury is more your style the try Thieves on the Run ($11.50) – basically a egg and bacon sanger but jazzed up with 12 month old Jack’s Reserve Cheddar, wild rocket, homemade tomato relish and those delicious ciabatta rolls from La Madre that I’ve raved about before.
Tim, who I’ve never known to eat porridge for breakfast, ordered the quinoa, oats and barley and loved it ($9). This is a huge rib-sticking mixture which will keep you full for hours and warm you against the winter chills. While sweetness comes in the form of drizzled honey and a swirl of vanilla, you can also choose to accompany it with banana and candied walnuts ($3.50) or crushed pistachios and strawberries ($3) for extra flavour and textural interest. I think kids would like this dish too.
The one failed dish I’ve tried are the sweet corn and basil fritters ‘The Leprechaun’ ($16). The baked beans, smashed avocado and poached eggs were all as expected but those fritters were so bland and wet and mushy inside that I couldn’t finish them. Their gluey masses ruined the whole dish for me.
As you can see, Breakfast Thieves has become a local favourite with me. At the times that I’m there ie early in the morning or weekdays it’s not very crowded so you don’t feel like having a baby in tow is disturbing other people. I think most diners just think it’s cute seeing a toddler chewing on a biscuit that’s bigger than her head!
Breakfast Thieves, 420 Gore St, Fitzroy +61 3 9416 4884