In 2010 it was What About Food; in 2011, 330 Briks. Now in 2012, 330 Cardigan St is playing host to Le Miel cafe. Their signage is minimal and there's no menu on display, but we've been keeping a sly eye on renovations and dropped in for breakfast during their opening week.
This is your pretty basic breakfast menu: toast, muesli, eggs with toast and extras, hotcakes. Vegans might be able to build something up from the toast and extras, and nothing looks gluten-free. Pesky-tarians, proceed with caution!
Michael was always going to order their bigger vegetarian plate - poached eggs with feta, baked beans, avocado and tomato relish ($16.50). He liked it all a lot, only wishing for a second piece of toast to scoop up all the mushy goodness.
I tried the ricotta hotcake with poached seasonal fruits, orange syrup, candied pistachios and white chocolate mascarpone ($14.50). The mascarpone didn't make much of an impression on me - the almost-but-not-quite-burnt caramel syrup and dense hotcake dominated this dish. They really took over my stomach too: after polishing this off around 9:15am I didn't even think about lunch until 3pm.
La Miel have started out with a short-ish menu and are executing it well. I'd like to stop by again for lunch and find out what else they can do.
330 Cardigan St, Carlton
veg breakfasts $6-16.50
Accessibility: There is a single step on entry and tables are well spaced. There's table service but bills are paid at a low-ish counter.