Creative brunch served like a work of art.
Perched on the corner of Beatty Ave and Malvern road in an unusual triangular-shaped space is Mammoth. A cafe brought to you by the culinary geniuses behind Barry, Touchwood and Pillar of Salt, this is definitely one to add to the 'must eat here' list when in Melbourne. Mammoth goes above and beyond your run-of-the-mill avocado on toast, and instead, delivers an innovative menu that will make you think Picasso is in the kitchen.
The interior is dreamy with exposed white brick walls, oak surfaces and splashes of pastel colours throughout. With downstairs seating, an upstairs area and a bar top, the space is surprisingly roomy. In the middle of the cafe a little hole in the wall (with incredible chefs behind it) delivers the goods.
The menu is bold and exciting with each choice arousing curiosity. With four separate stacks, the North Shore is always a head-turner. Barrels of ham hock hash, poached eggs, and a cheesy jalapeño popper are balanced (on top of each other and in taste) by a grilled pineapple topped with caramelised sugar and filled with tabasco. Equally impressive is the Egg Brulee - rolled-up pickled zucchini, artichoke and soft boiled eggs with a burnt sugar finish are beautifully assembled on top of multigrain rye bread. Other weird but alluring dishes include the Cherry Lamington Puffed Pancake, Char Spanner Crab Egg Crepe and the Lobster Donut Burger. All menu choices are served as impressively as their names would suggest.
Coffee is on point too, with the use of Five Senses beans.
An imaginative brunch menu, tranquil decor and friendly staff put Mammoth leaps ahead of the rest.