8 Rankins Lane Melbourne, VIC 3000
Nestled in the heart of the city is a former gallery-turned-café known to all Melbournians – Manchester Press. While it doesn’t look like much from the outside, the sliding doors open up to a spacious area filled with rustic wooden tables and the heavenly smell of freshly brewed coffee.
My trip to Manchester Press was an impromptu one – I had been in the city taking advantage of the VIP sales and was in dire need of sustenance when it occurred to me that I hadn’t visited this little café for quite some time. I was instantly reminded of exactly why it’s such a sought-after brunch spot.
I was seated as soon as I arrived – I guess luck was on my side that day as there’s usually a very long wait. The menu is simple, consisting largely of bagels and coffee. I made my order of the ‘NY Lox’ on wholegrain with ease – nothing beats a smoked salmon bagel.
My flat white arrived first and it was fantastic as always. You know it’s a top-quality Melbourne café when the coffee is good.
A very generous portion of smoked salmon sat atop my open bagel when it was brought out to me. It was delicious and fresh, and there was just enough of the dill cream cheese to add acidity and creaminess without being overpowering. As for the bagel – crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside – just as good as any that I’d had in the States. The side salad was standard but still provided vibrancy to the dish.
Simple, minimalistic, but oh-so-good. Manchester Press proves that complicated techniques and fancy plating are not essential to a great brunch. I loved their casual-cool atmosphere and the lovely staff, but most of all, the food was delicious. I’m already planning my next visit around the sweet bagels!