Brunching at The Stables
Eager to spend the day in the glorious summer sunshine, I made plans to meet a girlfriend for brunch at The Stables of Como. The newest outpost by the ICKE & IGBY management group, who are best known for another of my favourites Friends of Mine in Richmond, along with Porgie + Mr Jones in Hawthorn and Snow Pony in Deepdene.
The cafe is located at the back of the historic Como House, breathing life into the heritage listed property. Surrounded by a sunny courtyard the long narrow building has a homely, country feel. The inside is light and bright with muted and bottle green accents amongst the white and timber. Oversized bottle green retro pendant lights hang over the timber counter, which is filled with yummy home-baked treats including lemonade scones, CWA lamingtons, vanilla cupcakes, giant freckles and musk sticks in pretty glass jars. Outside more tables sit on turf under white umbrellas between large planter pots filled with bright coloured blooms.
This place is popular so be prepared to wait. Opening at 10am on Sundays to avoid waiting I would suggest arriving right on opening or waiting until around midday when the first rush subsides. While you are waiting, there are tables in the open courtyard where you can relax with a takeaway coffee. At the moment, The Stables has a limited licence so is unable to serve in the courtyard despite having ample tables. Hopefully, in the very near future they will be able to expand beyond the main building.
Coffee comes courtesy of the folks at All Press and the menu features a selection of favourites from Friends of Mine and Porgie + Mr Jones including classic egg favourites, ploughman plates, salads and chunky baguettes. Everything is organic and fresh where possible with bread from Noisette, free range eggs from Gippsland and smoked bacon from Echuca. Herbs and heirloom vegetables are grown on site and The Stables supports local farmers and growers.
After wandering around the gardens and enjoying a coffee while waiting for our table, we quickly got stuck into the menu once we were seated. We both settled on the smashed avocado, feta, thyme buttered mushrooms and grain toast. I added a perfectly poached egg with gooey bright yellow yolk cascading over the mushrooms and avocado when I broke it open. There is no better way to eat mushrooms than with creamy butter and thyme and the addition of fresh basil was a delicious touch.
The Stables would also be a lovely place to catch up with a girlfriend for a lazy lunch of rustic classics or Devonshire tea with some of the freshly baked goodies from the kitchen counter.
Perhaps, one of the most unique offerings at The Stables are their picnics. Book ahead and call in to pick up a sumptuous feast complete with eco-friendly bamboo cutlery, plates and napkins, plus a picnic rug and timber cheese board. Think old-fashioned ginger beer, olives with a fresh baguette, ham hock terrine, apple jelly and aged cheddar as well as salads, beetroot pesto and a home-made wagon wheel for a sweet finale. Picnics can be set up for groups as large as eighteen and they can supply frisbees, croquet or Boules sets. A lovely way to enjoy the grounds of this historic building and perfect for a unique date with someone special. Picnics must be pre-booked and come with a get-out clause allowing you to rebook in case of inclement weather up to two hours before your pick up time.
Will definitely head back soon to check out more that The Stables has to offer. A perfect little country retreat in the heart of the city.
Como House & Garden
Cnr Williams Road & Lechlade Ave
South Yarra Victoria 3141
(03) 9827 6886
Open Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm
Sunday 10am to 5pm