As soon as I saw “spag on toast” on the menu I knew this would be my kind of second home. The Parisian chic vibe of South Yarra’s Entrecote has been blue printed and transplanted into a gum tree lined back street of Eltham, nestled amongst car mechanics and factories. Whilst unassuming on the outside, we would have driven straight past were it not for a cluster of cars just parking, the beauty of Second Home definitely lies within.
It was 9am on a foggy Saturday morning when we took the last onsite car spot and breezed through the striking, substantial glass doors to be greeted by some very familiar sourdough loaves from Noisette and gorgeous bunches of daffodils for sale. We were certainly not alone though as it was already a full house at Eltham’s newly opened Second Home. Not to worry though as we were confidently ushered to the deep leather couches by the wood fire with a sizeable coffee table adorned with many attractive coffee table books.
Arriving in our active wear, following a challenging 5km run at the hilly Westerfolds parkrun complete with a kangaroo or two, we were slightly out of place compared with the other diners who were dressed in their stylish best as they sipped their lattes at the white tablecloth ensconced tables. Their attire appropriately matched the fit out of this high ceilinged, light filled warehouse space complete with exposed timber beams, polished concrete floors and a magnificent tree centrepiece. A courtyard will be opened in October, which will be beautiful and likely more appropriate for the lycra clad set.
Our coffee orders arrived quickly as we luxuriated on the couch, although wishing the fire was on, and mused over what to order. Lots of Melbourne menu items were present including Dr Marty’s Crumpets, a staple of all good cafes. Decisions were tough with choices like croissants stuffed with cheddar and grandmother’s ham, healthy options of the ever-popular acai bowl and the emerging trend of breakfast salads. I was intrigued by the drunken strawberry, vanilla risotto but the first thing I saw on the menu was the spaghetti on toast and considering I haven’t seen that on any breakfast menu, there was no way I was going to deviate from it. The lunch menu is equally tantalizing and includes a delicious cheeseburger on brioche with frites that also appears on the Entrecote menu in both South Yarra and Melbourne’s CBD.
In the time it took for us to drink our coffees and make our choices a table for 7 opened up and we smoothly transitioned from the couch. For those of you feeling the effects of last night you should know that Second Home has a libations trolley designed to tackle hangovers. The first choice on the trolley menu being a Berocca or opt for hair of the dog with a Bloody Knox named after the building's designer. I was in the company of a martini aficionado so when I saw the breakfast martini with blood orange marmalade vodka I knew she had to reward herself, I mean it was approaching 9:30am and the breakfast salad was on the way. Should you prefer a non-alcoholic start to your day there are also ample super food smoothies to choose from or chai, coffees and Larsen & Thompson teas.
Our dishes were all demolished with happy post parkrun tourism gusto. I savoured my homemade spaghetti under an oozy poached egg with pecorino, tomato sugo and prosciutto atop sourdough toast. I highly recommend this dish. My fellow parkrunners were equally effusive about their breakfast salads, acai bowls, cheese toasties and eggs benedict. The breakfast martini was also an inspired choice. After breakfast I made my way over to the mouthwatering display of cakes and pastries. You didn’t expect me to leave empty handed did you?! I expertly selected the cronut for the Baron and the toasted coconut lamington for me. Suffice to say the Baron was most pleased that I did. I was happy too with my taste of Second Home.
Second Home - 21 Brougham St, Eltham
Open 7 days from 8am to 4pm
Limited onsite parking
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