Axil Coffee Roasters was one of the places on my 2015 Urbanlist Challenge that I had eaten at before. After being introduced by a friend a year or so ago I’d been returning for their mango slushie (unfortunately now no longer on the menu) and their smashed avocado with poached eggs on pumpkin seed toast.
I was very excited to head back there and try the dish featured on the list at No.42- Spicy Baked Eggs.
Axil Coffee Roasters is huge. It’s not your typical little café- there are lots of tables inside and even a few outside. However this doesn’t stop the place from being packed. If you go on a Sunday like I did, expect to be waiting up to 20 minutes for a table.
I was a little anxious about the wait as I did need to leave for work by 1pm but once you get in and order the food comes relatively quickly- you shouldn’t be waiting more than 15 minutes.
Axil Coffee Roasters lives up to its name- the emphasis in their décor and presentation is coffee. There are huge coffee machines, coffee bean displays and even a room where you can take barista classes. While interesting, this and the fact that it’s huge and always packed full of people does make it feel slightly sterile. You aren’t going to get the quaint, small kitchen feel you get up the road at Crabapple Kitchen.
But seriously who cares when the food is this good?
I’ve dabbled in baked eggs before but these were hands down the best I’ve had. Don’t be scared away by the ‘spicy’ label- they aren’t particularly hot- any heat is more of an extra depth of flavour than anything else. The eggs were cooked perfectly- nice and soft and runny.
This can be a problem with baked eggs as it’s so easy to overcook them. But what makes these eggs the best is the addition of Meredith Goat’s Cheese that is melting in the pan, and the homemade dukkah on the top. It’s a match made in heaven! It also came with the perfect amount of pumpkin seed bread- I didn’t have to worry about running out.
The presentation of the dish was also impeccable- at Axil I’m always feeling like I’m dining at a 3 hat restaurant at $100 a meal rather than ‘splurging’ $20 for one of the best brunches you will have in Melbourne.
My friend ordered the waffles with chocolate sauce, bananas, caramel popcorn and peanut butter parfait (icecream). I’ve since returned and gobbled up a plate of these waffles and they are probably my exception to a sweet breakfast.
The peanut butter and the popcorn texture serve to break through the sweetness of the dish so I didn’t actually leave feeling ill. A very naughty meal but so good!
I also ordered their coconut milk, coconut sorbet and pineapple drink. It’s no mango slushie (why oh why is it not on the menu anymore?), but it was still tasty.
Their freshly squeezed OJ is also a great alternative. But I don’t like coffee- if you are coffee crazy like the other 90% of people I know then you don’t want to miss out on trying a mug of it at Axil, they are all about coffee after all.
I’ve been tossing up between Crabapple and Axil for my favourite brunch place for about a year now. But since exploring the menu at Axil more it’s definitely come out on top due to both taste and the sophistication and presentation of their menu.
Axil Coffee Roasters is a short walk from Glenferrie Station- a 15 minute train ride out of the city. If you are driving on a Sunday your best bet for parking is one of the side streets off Burwood Road.