Goodness. The day that I have feared has finally arrived. I am sad to announce that that I have become a coffee snob. Typical pompous Melbournian behaviour. The exterior of Operator 25 looks like any other brick building you would pass in Melbourne’s CBD. I, being the snob I am, assumed that I was going to be glugging down mediocre and nibbling uninspired dishes.
How I love being wrong in these situations.
The new age, synth-pop and Lorde style beats will seduce you to come inside to have a peak. I knew where this was going. Soon I was seated and gently fingering my way through the menu. I knew what I wanted.
Braised Eggs in Spiced Tomato Sauce, Grilled Morcilla, Sweet Potatoes, Chickpeas and Labna served with House Corn Bread $18
Hello Braised Eggs! I’ve been waiting. I absolutely love corn bread, but it’s always a hit or a miss whenever I order it. In this case, it proved to be amazing. It was sweet, moist on the inside and yet crunchy on the outside. Much like how you would want your French toast. The eggs were braised in a sea of beans, tomato sauce, chickpeas and sweet potatoes. In the centre of storm was a dollop of Labna (a yoghurt product similar to cream cheese) combing all these elements onto my fork, I nervously took the first mouthful. I was expecting warmed up death, but instead I got a hearty mix of flavours. I was quite pleased (who am I kidding it was bloody divine!). At this point I was too exited to take down any more notes. This rustic broth of flavourful elements was hot, but I didn’t care. I probably burnt the roof my mouth, but it didn’t matter. I was finally satisfied.
Sweet Corn Fritters with Fried Duck Egg, Heirloom Tomato Salad, Goats Curd and Basil and Dill Herb Oil $18
Having been here before, I knew what I was expecting from previous dining experience. I love this place.
Corn fritters are my absolute favourite brunch food therefore; I had to order this dish. You would expect a corn fritter dish to come out as one or two little patty-sized fritters as the bed of the dish, but Operator 25 has uniquely presented this dish as a decomposed-like dish with dollops of goats curd, basil and dill herb oil in between each fritter. These fritters melted in my mouth!
Vincent – 4/5
Sandy – 5/5