Left Bank Bottomless Brunch, Southbank

Drink, Eat, Melbourne / 4 August 2018

Left Bank introduces its new bottomless brunch, featuring premium dishes, cocktails, flowing French sparkling wine, and desserts that’ll have you simply drooling

Left Bank’s new bottomless brunch is set to take the city by storm. Challenging the standard two-hour sitting and single brunch dish, Left Bank provides an unlimited offering of high end food and drink, set over a luxurious four hours that invites guests to sip, snap and stay for the better part of the day from its riverside location. What more could you want?

Stepping into the cocktail bar, tables are laden with charcuterie, cheeses (including smoked cheddar, feta, camembert, blue cheese), nuts including roasted macadamias, eggplant and sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh fruit. Left Bank is known for its oyster shucking and prawn stations; the seafood offering encompasses three different types of oysters – Sydney Rock, Coffin Bay and Barilla Bay – and fresh prawns, plus accompanying condiments. I opted for what I hoped was a Bloody Mary-esque sauce and was not disappointed. Nevertheless, even a simple squeeze of lemon is enough to make these oysters sing.

Brunch charcuterie, cheese and fruit

The signature dish at Left Bank, or in this case, station, is the chef’s chopping block, where they personally carve whichever the selection of Victorian paddock, ocean and farm delights are available, changing monthly. We were treated to some delicious lamb chops and a whole salmon was prepared for guests. Paired with some stellar potatoes – plus the choice of carrots, cauliflower, and beetroot and tomato salads – and it was a Sunday roast all rolled into one.

Continuing our tour of the room and a decadent selection of house made petit fours, macaroons, scones, salted caramel tortes and more caught our eye. Falling in love with the macaroons, we tasted a salted caramel (my favourite) and an espresso macaroon. What really made my mouth water though was the mini pavlovas. The meringue was to die for: deliciously creamy, light, and ever so fluffy. Garnished with a touch of fresh fruit, be it kiwifruit, banana or strawberry, and it was truly tasty, yet not overcomplicated.

oysters-seafood

The standout dish for me was the buttermilk caramalised banana waffle, with chocolate pistachio soil (just the chocolate was enough), toffee popcorn, and cookies and cream ice cream. This was part of the à la carte menu from Executive Chef Stan Delimitrou, available to order during brunch. The ice cream ensured the toffee popcorn and waffle never became too dry, and every mouthful was a delight. My guest and I shared this alongside the ‘Little Eastern’ – a Middle Eastern-inspired dish comprised of kale, golden cauliflower, smoke almond hommus, roasted broccoli, pomegranate, tahini yoghurt, a poached egg and, naturally, avocado.

Chefs selection

Mimosas, Bloody Marys, Bellinis and bottomless French sparkling wine were flowing, with waiters taking cocktail orders from your table as well as ordering from the cocktail bar.

Whether it’s a birthday, girls’ lunch, or simply because you fancy a relaxed Sunday, with its great food, bottomless booze and prime location Left Bank’s bottomless brunch has arrived to Sundays just in time to pick us out of our winter snooze; and it’s here to stay. Occurring on the last Sunday of every month, we suggest you get organised because this will surely require forward planning.

Sweet dessert bar

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