On our last trip down to Melbourne – we’d spent some time lapping up what Melbourne had to offer  – and on our last day, we thought we’d pop into Collingwood for Rockwells and Sons and it was shut (opens noon) so we figured, the most packed venue on the stretch for brekkie and Smith Street Alimentari looked appealing in the sunshine and the side deli area looked appealing so we popped into the food store/eatery and had a pretty banging meal here.

Alimentari Smith Street Collingwood (11)

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Its all fairly appealing – high ceiling large volume venues seem to denote the main difference between Melbourne and Sydney venues. The grocery food store is appealing and then the open kitchen where the chefs worked was a bustling hive of activity. We’d love this if this were a local – its that sort of venue. The art work, exposed brick, faded mirror, outdoor courtyard space there. All majorly winsome.

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Toad in the hole. A modernish toad in the hole dish, there’s field mushroom, enoki and just visible – its a 2 egg sorta dish. Pretty wonderful, tasted and looked great.

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Egg hollandaise. Its a stock standard enough dish but here the high quality cook and the hollandaise and perfect cook on the poached eggs made this another brunch/brekkie win. We’ve done wayyyy worse in Sydney. Loved both the dishes we had.

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Alimentari Smith Street is a win. From the good coffees to the excellent eats – this was really nice. Service staff were friendly as we sat near the front bar/counter and a glance around the room – there’s a happy good time vibe. This is very nice and again, almost every meal we had in Melbourne circa this trip – from Kettle Black to Mister Bianco to Milk the Cow and more. Nailed it. So nice.

Brunswick Street Alimentari

251 Brunswick St Fitzroy, VIC 3065
http://www.alimentari.com.au/

Smith Street Alimentari

302 Smith St Collingwood, VIC 3066

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