Brunswick Flour Mill is not your normal groovy cool-cat Brunswick brunch haunt (a la Small Block, El Mirage, A Minor Place, Ray etc). It is very simple inside and feels quite casual and relaxed despite the noise and how busy it was. In fact it has a bit of a country bakery vibe, especially with the glass cabinets of pides, rolls, and pastries, the huge oversized freshly baked muffins on the counter, and the loaves lined up for sale. The artisan bread is not baked on site, but comes from one of Melbourne’s best – the Abbotsford Convent Bakery. As well as the bread there are also jams and chutney’s for sale.
This kind of large and spacious cafe, with a simple and relaxed decor that is not too trendy or out there definitely lends itself to being a family friendly environment. There is room for prams, highchairs, a folding change table in ladies toilet and of course special kid’s breakfast and lunch menu’s. They can also do half size milkshakes and as always there is the trusty baby-cino… complete with two cheeky marshmallows on the side. (One for Mummy… and another one for Mummy!).
It is busy, loud and noisy, and was packed for breakfast on the Sunday morning that we were there. There was a good mix of families, small groups, couples reading the paper and locals popping in for a takeaway latte and a croissant.
Along with your certified organic rainforest alliance coffee and pastry, you can also enjoy a big breakfast – muesli with fruit and yoghurt, fruit toast, pancakes, French toast, egg and bacon pannini, chorizo omelette, eggs benedict and more. And for lunch there are Pides, BLT’s, burgers, salads, pasta, calamari, steak sandwiches and to share, mezze plates.
The little ones aren’t forgotten and their special breakkie menu includes a single pancake (which was huge!) with maple syrup and ice-cream, or an egg and bacon muffin. Then for lunch they can choose from Rigatoni napoli, fish cakes with salad and chips, crumbed chicken and chips. All for under $6.50.
Brunswick Flour Mill is a good, simple, solid family-friendly option on cosmopolitan Sydney Rd in trendy Brunswick. Also a good choice for groups too… our table of 7 (including one highchair) was easily accommodated, which is sometimes not an option in some of the smaller, cooler cafes on a busy weekend morning.