Mmm.. Bagelsss. Popularly thought as a quintessentially “New York” food, it certainly evokes memories of some childhood years there – toasting one to warmth, slathering it with cream cheese and devouring with a side of Cap’n Crunch or Frosted Flakes. Some Sydney cafés do have “bagels”, but that term is used loosely here as any kind of dense bread in a doughnut shape is called as such. I have been craving that unique texture of bagels for so long, and I was happy to try a beloved bagel cafe in Melbourne’s CBD. Also happy to hunt down the pleasant lane in which its located (Melbourne’s maps actually make sense and are neatly ordered unlike Sydney’s as shown here). Not ever really happy to wait in line, but it really was worth it!
The interior is decked with plenty of wood and metal, but is cosy with a vintage feel, and dimly lit with warm bulbs and a touch of sunlight. The buzz of people’s catchups, feel-good old school tunes like Rockin’ Robin, and grinding and steaming of coffee with its consequential heavenly smell reaching up to the high ceilings was uplifting.
After reading comments on trusty Urbanspoon about MP’s great coffee, I was excited to have my first coffee in Melbourne there but was disappointed. The house blend cappuccino was gorgeously presented with latte art but lacked heat and body.. my Melbournian friend also agreeing it was just “alright”. To make up for it, the bagels were fantastic – one was half coated in linseeds and the other in sesame seeds, the bread warm, chewy, and soft, and accompanied by a small green salad. The BMAT was a perfect level of salty and tangy, the layers of crisp bacon and mozzarella topped with a massive half avocado to balance it out. I wish there was a little more of the chutney – tasted so so good! It was a filling and thoroughly enjoyable bagel, and although it didn’t beat the memory of my childhood bagels, it was a deeelicious contender.
There is an interesting and tantalising variety of bagels both sweet and savoury to choose from and I’d love to go back to try them all.
Mmmm.. Craving another right. now.
- 03) 9600 4054
- 8 Rankins Lane Melbourne, VIC, 3000