Is this fruit plate worth $16?
Jan 11 2010
This is the question I chose to answer, after perusing Nacional’s breakfast menu on a sunny Melbourne morning. You might remember that Mr Tubbymaster and I were impressed with the tapas we sampled at this contemporary café on the border of Albert Park and Middle Park.Nacional
36 Mills St (cnr Herbert St)
A seasonal fresh fruit plate with passionfruit hung yoghurt should have been the perfect antidote to my Sunday morning lethargy. Instead, this simple combination of ‘seasonal fruit’ included a rather phallically presented banana, two pieces of watermelon, two pieces of honeydew, half a passionfruit, four pieces of not-so-sweet pineapple, alongside a nice dab of tasty thick yoghurt that seemed like it had been perfectly hung, drawn and quartered. If you’re a generous person who likes to offer their money to local businesses, the fruit plate is a good option for you. Otherwise, it’s probably better to nip down to the South Melbourne Market, where you’ll find all that produce, in its entirety, for around about $16—minus the distinctly unrelaxing feel of this café at its busiest. Dinner? Yes. Breakfast? No.
A better breakfast option is the newly opened Ciao Cielo on Bay St, Port Melbourne, where my tastebuds could happily analyse the fruit content in pancakes just like these, for $13
* When I visited, the fruit plate was listed as $12 on Nacional’s website. On their menu instore, it was $16.