Brunch game in Fitzroy is strong but this hasn't stopped Archie's All Day from delivering some of the best eggs you can get down Gertrude Street. Owner, Anthony Brem, knew exactly what he was doing after the success of his first café in Collingwood, Bluebird Espresso. The focus for Archie's, which sets it apart from the rest, is its emphasis on 'All Day' - Archie's vows to deliver delicious brunches (7:30am - 3pm), hearty lunches (10am - 5pm) and delectable dinners (5pm - 10pm) alongside any accompanying liquid that takes your fancy (be it a coffee, smoothie, cocktail, beer or wine).
Walking along Gertrude Street, Archie's lures you in with its clean white exterior and single signage leaving you hungry (quite literally) to find out more. The interior is also white with wooden floors, wooden tables, cool hanging light fixtures, various artwork and an assortment of aqua decor. So simple yet so aesthetically pleasing! In the surprisingly spacious venue, there is seating to satisfy everyone - whether you want a space at the front to watch passers-by, a spot at the bar to enjoy a beer, a comfy spacious booth, a high bench or to catch some rays in the back garden, Archie's has you covered.
When we arrived at around 11am on a Thursday, the place was packed. We were lucky enough to grab the last open table on the high bench seating near the bar. We were promptly given some water and two menus - hungry / thirsty. Chef Nick Sawle compiled the ever-lasting all day food menu that is creatively and adventurously packed with influences from Australia, Japan and the Middle East including items such as dirty eggs, wagyu burger, and daikon kim-chi. I opted for the Middle Eastern inspired dish - chickpea hommous, sprouted beans, harissa labne, fried eggs, flatbread and added chorizo. The home-made chickpea hummous and creamy harissa labne with gooey fried eggs was a different yet awesome combination, and was well complimented by the salty and meaty chorizo. My friend tucked into the Huevos sucios (dirty eggs), tater tots, jalapeno, spiked Monterrey Jack, avocado and tomatillo salsa, black beans, fried eggs, with chipotle mayo, which seems to be the new best cure for a hangover in Fitzroy.
To drink, I stuck to the good stuff - a creamy cappuccino using Proud Mary coffee was served to me in a cute mint-coloured cup and saucer. My friend had a Bloody Mary and claims that it was the best one she'd had so far in Melbourne! Besides coffee, Archie's also produces some delicious smoothies (e.g. raspberry, apple and mint crush), boasts an extensive craft beer (which includes 'Archie's Ale') and wine list, whilst also providing an innovative cocktail list created by Elle Newbould-Figg (Dr Pepper flavoured cocktail anyone?!). There's something to choose for any time of the day!
I'll be visiting Archie's All Day again for sure!
189 Gertrude Street, Fitzroy, Melbourne, VIC, 3065