Eastern Suburbs Food and Drink

Review: Maria Cafe, Upwey

Expanding outwards, Lorna cafe now has a new Mexican-inspired brunch sibling, Maria, located in the picturesque village of Upwey.

Maria – The Overview…

Food: Vegan Street Corn, Chilli Scramble, Brisket Taco and Croquettes Benedict

Food: 5/5
Atmosphere: 4.5/5
Service: 4.5/5
Value: 5/5

The details…

The one (and possible only) difference you’ll notice between this and an inner suburbs brunch spot is that people get up earlier here. By 10:30am the rush is well and truly easing, just as those CBD queues are peaking, so it’s well worth the effort of a scenic drive to check them out. You can follow up with one of the many walks nearby too.

Brunch - Maria Melbourne

Other than that Maria is very quintessentially Melbourne. The minimalistic spot lights, feature low hanging shades, fresh neutral tones and spots of greenery wouldn’t be out of place on Glenferrie Road. The menu is wonderfully Melbourne too, with a Mexican-inspired take on many brunch classics. We tried the vegan street corn, chilli scramble, brisket taco and croquettes Benedict. 

Eggs Benedict - Maria Melbourne

The benedict was delicious and probably our favourite dish of the day! The panko-crumbed sweet potato and chorizo croquettes are such a unique element to this dish and really make it stand out. It manages to be both a traditional benedict yet also highlights those Mexican elements on the same plate. The red capsicum jam adds that nice hit of spice, but it’s plated well so you’re able to blend as much or as little of this into the dish as you’d like. 

Chilli Scramble - Maria Melbourne

The chilli scramble, served on a homemade grilled tortilla is completely different from any other chilli scrambled we’ve tried (and believe me we’ve had a lot). We loved the addition of chickpeas and corn, and the lime prawns infused a nice freshness that mixed through the whole dish. It’s a really filling dish with lots of interesting little elements throughout. 

Brisket Taco - Maria Melbourne

The Brisket taco really highlights the Mexican inspiration. This is usually a serve of two, but we’d already had two full meals. The beef brisket is soft and juicy which again allowed the key flavours to infuse through the whole taco. The refined black beans were so smooth and the guacamole and cheese pulled it together into a delicious Mexican experience. 

Finally the corn (from the something small menu) was beautiful. The avocado cream really cooled down the spicy sriracha making it so moreish and easy to eat. It’s vegan too and with a half corn option at only 3.50 there’s really no excuse not to give his one a try. We were so pleased to enjoy this new addition to the fam just as much as lorna! 

Everything else…

Website: https://www.mariamelbourne.com.au/

Address: 56-58 Main Street, Upwey

Opening Times: 

Mon 7am – 4pm
Tue 7am – 4pm
Wed 7am – 4pm
Thu 7am – 4pm
Fri 7am – 4pm
Sat 8am – 4pm
Sun 8am – 4pm

Parking:  There’s plenty of parking in Upwey village. We parked a little away from Maria near the roundabout, but there are multiple car parks and street parking too, all five minutes walk or less.

Getting here on PT: It’s across the road from Upwey Station, so really easy to get to.

Maria Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclaimer: We dined as guests of Maria Cafe, Upwey. Reviews are honest and based on our own personal experiences. We cannot guarantee things at a cafe won’t change including, but not limited to, menu items and opening hours, so please confirm any details with the venue before visiting.


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