Long Story Short is a cafe that used to be in Bridge Road Richmond but it moved lock, stock and barrel to bigger premises in Port Melbourne.
While the cafe is no longer on a shopping strip with foot traffic, it seems that its reputation brings the customers to the new location. It’s bustling on a weekend morning as friends, families and couples all dig into brunch.
The interior is fairly ubiquitous white Scandi-chic, with a calming palette of white, wood and soft green.
However, the all day breakfast and lunch menu is uniquely theirs. The all day brunch menu screams ‘Instagram me please’, with lots of bright colours, interactive elements and Asian influences.
First off I try their famous hot chocolate. It’s pricey at $11.50 BUT to make it you have to pour your warmed, frothed chocolate milk onto a dark chocolate sphere hiding mini marshmallows. It’s fun and delicious.
I am intrigued by the fish and chips – because the batter is activated charcoal! I decline to take a photo of it as the blackened strips look really unappealing. But don’t judge a book by its cover – it’s actually delicious (albeit a little salty) and comes with a generous portion of fries and slaw.
While there’s no kids menu I’m not sure what child will be able to resist the Fairy Floss Dessert Burger ($19). It comes topped with a massive mushroom cloud of pink fairy floss that’s bigger than my head!
The idea is that you pour the coconut milk to dissolve the floss and reveal the brioche bun underneath, but we prefer to lift it up like a silver serving dome instead. The brioche is split and stuffed with honeycomb gelato, fruit salad jellies and a white chocolate matcha sauce.
To continue the ‘dessert for breakfast’ theme I have the Buttermilk Tim Tam Pancakes ($19). Between each pancake are slices of poached nashis and the whole tower is covered in vanilla peanuts, mascarpone chocolate soup and crispies. Along with the scoop of Tim Tam gelato you have to eat this whole concoction quickly before the ice cream melts and the chocolate soup turns the pancakes into a gooey mess.
My dentist will die when he reads this blog post!
For families there is plenty of space to park a pram and high chairs are available. While there’s no play area across the road you’ll find one of the best play centres in Melbourne ‘Play Central’. If you’re planning to visit Long Story Short and Play Central I recommend that you park inside the free carpark at Play Central before opening time (generally 9am or 10am) then grab breakfast at Long Story Short while you wait. Otherwise there’s limited street parking along Crockford Street.
- pram access;
- high chairs;
- standard menu suitable for kids;
- large toilets;
- across the road from Play Central.
Long Story Short, 40 Crockford Street, Port Melbourne (03) 9646 5697
Mon – Fri: 7am – 3pm
Sat & Sun: 8am – 3pm