28 Jun Red Spice QV, Melbourne CBD
Red Spice QV launched their brunch menu just last Sunday in a bid to introduce an adventurous take on classic favourites by with a modern, Asian twist. As with the menus available at lunch and dinner, Executive Chef John McLeay has taken inspiration from a number of cuisines including Vietnamese, Thai, Malaysian and Burmese.
A variety of things are on the menu: there are sweeter options, such as sticky rice with coconut and fruits, and the steamed buns with sweet pork sausage and scrambled eggs, to warming comfort foods such as chicken rice soup, and kuay teow noodle soup. Drinks are also available, including tea, Gravity coffee, and mocktails.
Though I haven’t been to Red Spice QV before, I have visited its older sibling on McKillop St. They’ve carried over a similar feel, especially around the bar area with its red, distinctive, plus-shaped lights, but the vibe at the QV branch seems to be a bit more casual and laid-back.
Brunch menus in Melbourne rarely exist without egg dishes in them, and this was no exception. While there were choices such as wok-fried eggs on rice or fried egg on a baguette, A2 decided to go with the poached egg instead. In this version, a delicately poached egg sat alongside moist sweet corn fritters, chilli jam, coriander and an avocado salsa. Every mouthful was absolutely packed with delicious, distinctive flavours. This is a great dish for firing up those tastebuds in the morning.
Though not normally one for sweet things in the morning, the pandan french toast really caught my eye. Topped with a scattering of cinnamon caramel bananas and smashed cashew nuts, and accompanied by a scoop of coconut ice cream nestled in a bed of toasted coconut shavings, this plate was quite a sight. I didn’t find the french toast to be too rich or overly sweet, and the coconut ice cream injected some refreshing relief into it. Thankfully it wasn’t soggy either and there was just the right amount of moisture from the different elements to tie everything together. A lovely combination of ingredients.
The brunch menu at Red Spice QV is currently available every Sunday from 10:30am – 5:00pm.
Disclaimer: I was invited to dine at Red Spice QV as a guest, however, opinions expressed here are purely my own and not influenced by them in any way.
Red Spice QV
37 Artemis Lane
Melbourne, VIC, 3000
(03) 8660 6300