I had done the same as when arriving in Almaty, Seoul and Singapore and flown through the night with little in the way of sleep. The difference this time was that I was staying in an apartment complex with some silly automated self check-in meaning that I couldn’t turn up and beg early entry into my room to sleep all day.
Instead I had to go and find some breakfast somewhere. Life is hard.
I stumbled upon 65 Degrees just around the corner from my soon to be home for the month. It looked a likely spot so I crossed the threshold in hopes of something good to chase away early day hunger.
Their breakfast selection was very broad with everything from a fry-up to rather more healthy options. My eye was caught by the corn fritters particularly given I had freedom to add three accompaniments from a quality list of whatnots. I settled upon poached eggs, bacon and avocado.
This was freshly prepared to order while I took a seat at one of their counter seats. I’d already over caffeinated myself in the simple pursuit of staying awake so sipped from a pot of tea. I susbsequently revisited and had a very good espresso with beans by Gridlock Coffee.
The food soon arrived looking pretty good. The eggs were very nicely poached and the yolks as orangey bright as could be. The avocado was ripe and well-seasoned and the bacon plentiful and crisp. The fritters were a very good backbone to the dish, too.
So overall, 65 Degrees kicked off my time in Melbourne in very acceptable style. It’s a friendly and welcoming spot with a steady stream of regulars through the door on my visit, which is always a good sign. I suspect given its proximity to my abode it may well become a frequent stop-off during my time in the city.
Blythe scores 65 Degrees
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 15.5/20
I ate: corn fritters with poached eggs, bacon and avocado
I drank: tea
I wore: actually a jacket during daylight hours
Total bill: c.$20
Address: 309 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3000