My Other Brother
MOB is off the main stretch, laneway brunching in the heart of Camberwell – serving up bright fresh varieties of all your usual brunch faves.
Food: Nutella Hong Kong Waffles, Eggs Benny, Smashed Pumpkin
I think Chronicles of Nardia had given up on me ever arriving, after I wasted a good ten minutes (I was already running late – thanks Burke Road!) walking up and down trying to find this mysterious cafe, that google maps assured me was in between two shops on Camberwell’s main shopping street. Finally, after a quick glance down a random laneway I spotted the world’s smallest sign and managed to begin my MOB brunch adventure (Disclaimer: If you park in the car park near the market, it’s actually really easy to find!)
MOB was dark and smaller than I expected, while it does open up towards the back, it was a cosy, dimly lit brunch venue. There are floor to ceiling windows towards the front, but these don’t really diffuse much light through the venue. Most of the tables are smaller, so it’s ideally suited to couples, or individual dinners and it’s popular for take away business too. It’s busy, but not hectic and we enjoyed a relaxing brunch experience.
We were both keen to try the nutella waffles, and the patient staff kindly waited while we deliberated on savoury dishes to accompany these. We eventually settled on the benny – eggs and fried chicken on a black ink bun and the smashed pumpkin with feta, pomegranate, kale and beetroot hummus on sourdough.
The eggs benny is a total FOMO dish. It looks impressive in the black bun, the fried chicken is gorgeous and the eggs were perfectly poached. Despite my reservations that Nardia was going to end up an eggy mess, it’s actually quite easy to eat – much better than your average burger. It’s my second time trying one of these eggs benny burger dishes, and while I still don’t quite get the concept, I can’t argue with the taste, it really does work.
The pumpkin was a nice winter warmer dish – I liked the flavours of the beetroot and pumpkin, pomegranate and the crispy sourdough. I’m not sure they got the balance perfect here, there were a lot of great flavours but a little too much pumpkin and not quite enough savoury feta to cut through the sweetness. I’d probably pop a side of mushrooms on there next time to add a bit more contrast to it while still keeping it healthy.
The hong kong waffles are so instaworthy and with that classic banana and nutella combo you can’t really go wrong. There’s some fresh berries and mascarpone on there to add some moisture too. A great feel good winter dish – the waffles are a touch dense, but you’ll overlook this to enjoy the caramelised banana and creamy nutella flavours. A nice finish to a pleasant brunch!
Address: Rear of 586 Burke Road, Camberwell (as in, it’s not actually on Burke Road, it’s down a laneway – you’re welcome!)
Mon 7:30am to 5:00pm
Tue 7:30am to 5:00pm
Wed 7:30am to 5:00pm
Thu 7:30am to 5:00pm
Fri 7:30am to 5:00pm
Sat 8:00am to 5:00pm
Sun 7:00am to 5:00pm
Parking: While Burke Road itself is a pain, there are plenty of free carparks in Camberwell and you shouldn’t have to drive round too long to find a spot. We both got a park straight away.
Getting here on PT: It’s on the 72 tram route – alight an Camberwell Shopping Centre, and you can walk from both the 70 and 75 too (alight at Camberwell Junction).
Disclaimer: We dined as guests of MOB, Camberwell. Reviews are honest and based on our own personal experiences. We cannot guarantee things at a restaurant won’t change including, but not limited to, menu items and opening hours, so please confirm any details with the venue before visiting.