Located on Were St in Brighton, Balmains has a delightful mixture of old world charm and modern touches.
Firstly, I feel that I should point out that it was extremely easy to get both a park and a table, which makes for a blissful Sunday brunch experience. It is so easy to relax and enjoy yourself, when everything is going smoothly.
Though I am not a coffee drinker, it is said that Balmains is a great spot for a coffee lover. And though Dan is no aficionado either, it doesn't take a genius to figure out just how much people love Balmains' coffee. The line of people waiting for take away coffee, kept all the wait staff well and truly on their toes. It meant that service was a little on the slow side, especially for that much sought after warm brew, but it was understandable.
Dan ordered his usual (Eggs Benedict) while I went for the Brioche with Avocado and Salmon.
It was simple but delightful, and exactly what I needed. But I have to admit, when I first saw the size of the Eggs Benedict, I thought it looked awfully small. Definitely not a big enough serving for Dan. Not to say that he didn't enjoy it.
Balmains is a cute little cafe worth checking out if you live in the area, particularly if you are a coffee lover. However, I don't believe it is special enough to warrant a significant detour.
Location: 117 Were St, Brighton VIC 3186