De Mad Hatter
747 Collins Street
+61 3 9620 2226
Fakebooo and I sometimes try to be adventurous with our brunch dates. Some suburbs are almost literally littered with cafes (e.g. South Melbourne or Collingwood), while others have the occasional coffee hangout.
We ventured into Docklands one Wednesday morning, accompanied by The Angmoh and Fakebooobooo, who both happened to have the day off as well. Docklands to me, as a Singaporean, is the Sentosa of Melbourne. It’s this little space hanging off the CBD that keeps getting fresh looks and new jazz and yet is not always viewed warmly by the locals. There has been plenty of investment in the Docklands to lure more traffic her way and I suggest more free parking would provide greater incentive to head over there.
I digress. Back to brunch, I’d chanced past a cutely named café enroute to Little Nyonya and suggested that we check it out. Inspired by a little girl who tumbled down a rabbit’s hole into a weird-ass Wonderland, De Mad Hatter is neat finding in this unforsaken conurbation. I loved how the food items were named after characters or scenes from the story.
(Left) Wonderland Breakfast – 2 eggs, grilled tomatoes, bacon, mushrooms, spinach, sausages on toasted sourdough bread $14.50
(Top) Rabbit’s Breaky with smashed avocado, ricotta cheese & poached eggs on thick sourdough toast $12.50
The breakfast menu offers the usual Melbourne staples of smashed avocado, corn fritters and eggs florentine etc. There is also a large counter near the cashier displaying offerings for lunch and tea, such as salads, pies and sandwiches.
Coffees will suit those not too fussy about their caffeine. Brewed from houseblend beans, I found my piccolo latte to be on the bitter side. FBB’s soy latte tasted like coffee-flavoured soy milk. Our brunch was nothing to shout about. The food was pleasant, albeit the occasional overcooked poached egg and the not-quite smashed avocado.
De Mad Hatter offers basic café fare at extremely affordable prices; where else can you get a big breakfast for under $15! It targets the corporate crowd and will suit those in need for a non-pretentious, economical feed.