Sweet Evelyn is nestled among the cluster of shops on Union St in Brunswick, and it came especially recommended by our friends Dave & B. We managed to wrangle Dave and a couple other friends (but unfortunately not the jetsetting B!) for our first weekend breakfast visit. What seems to set Sweet Evelyn apart from most cafes is that they bake their counter goods in-house. Their savoury brioches - topped with mushrooms, pumpkin and various cheeses - attracted my eye even before the sweet stuff!
The menu itself appealed to us as much as it does to the wheat-avoidant Dave. Michael ummed over fancy smashed avo, smashed pumpkin, cornbread, Huevos Mexicano (with potato gems!), Shakshuka baked eggs and chilli scrambled eggs. I ahhed as all shades of my sweet-brekkie habit were covered with French toast, granola and porridge.
After an extravagant evening earlier in the weekend, we both gravitated towards the less rich-looking dishes. Michael went for the Super Food Breaky Greens ($16), a huge pile of kale, avocado, greens, radish and quinoa with nuts & seeds and a couple of explosive poached eggs on top. The yolky mess on his jeans was Michael's only regret.
I was glad to have porridge as an option, and even more delighted with this particular rendition ($16). There was plentiful fruit to lighten up the warm, comforting cereal - tender poached pear, strawberries, blueberries and a couple of tangy raspberries, plus a little crunch from some toasted hazelnuts. I couldn't quite make it through the whole portion, but I was roundly satisfied.
We're keen to come back for more of Sweet Evelyn's menu (watch out, French toast!). Other reviews (see below) especially praise the bakery's wares and the milkshakes, so I might even be better off stopping in at snack time.
128 Union St, Brunswick
Accessibility: There's a small lip on entry. Tables are densely packed with a clear corridor through the middle. We ordered at the table and paid at a low-ish counter. We didn't visit the toilets.