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The European

I've only ever been to The European (161 Spring Street, Melbourne) for brunch, but apparently it also does quite a swanky dinner. It's a favourite of my family's for brunch when they come to visit me in Melbourne. I find it slightly austere, but classy. Its heritage and location (opposite Melbourne's Parliament House) pull it a notch above other places, and the food is on the traditional side, but wonderful.

Last weekend, one of my (originally) Sydney friends was visiting, and, being early January, not much was open. So we decided to class it up (opposite of 'slum it', anyone??) and head to The European for a late breakfast. We nabbed a table outside - far more pleasant than being inside on a beautiful summer's day, although the inside is attractive both aesthetically and temperature-wise in winter.

Our waitress was somewhat glum-looking, but polite and efficient. Coffees were delivered quickly, but the food was slow. It didn't matter a great deal as we were busy nattering, but normally I'd have been annoyed. When it did appear, it was simply delicious:

European breakfast 

Side of avocado - love the presentation

Eggs Atlantic (salmon)

It was also delicious. I remembered why my family loves it there.


Update: 22 January 2015

I recently returned to The European for brunch with my sister, and so have a couple of extra photos to add:








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