Early riser: The Monday Room

COSY START: The Monday Room for breakfast ... and maybe cocktails too.
COSY START: The Monday Room for breakfast ... and maybe cocktails too.

The Monday Room is my pick of the city's cocktail bars.

It's dark, has a funky decor, live music and there's a pleasant fire. Busy carpet, and encyclopedias lining the walls, make it cosy. Translation: it is quite small.

A relaxing atmosphere makes it a good spot for late-night cocktails and conversation. But what if you visit at a different hour of the day? Say a Saturday morning?

The experience is certainly different.

Possibly in an attempt to please everyone, the Monday Room serves food all day, opening at 8am a mere three hours after closing time the night before. I took Mike, Wendy and Nick there for breakfast.

We ordered french toast, the farmhouse, eggs benedict, and stuffed mushroom.

Other choices include home-made bircher muesli and various egg-based meals.

Mike was strangely overwhelmed by too much bacon on his plate for eggs benedict, Nick felt his farmhouse was missing something - but he loved the tomato relish - and Wendy was pleased with her french toast which rolled out with bacon, banana and figs. And yes, I enjoyed my mushroom breakfast although the combination of spinach, prosciutto, egg and mushroom was strong. Would I have been better to have ordered the muesli?

The Monday Room is the former Grosvenor Hotel, reinvented for a new generation. It's billed as a place to escape to and as you walk through doors into a small space, you do feel nicely cut off from busy Moorhouse Ave.

It is not possible to please everyone all of the time but the Monday Room is giving it a good go. We had a lovely time, but if they really want to please (me) I would like a bit of background music. Next time?

Breakfast for four cost $79.50, and that included three coffees and a juice.

FYI: The Monday Room was apparently named after a special room a friend of the owners created just to cope with Mondays.

The Monday Room

Open Monday-Sunday, 8am till late with live music on Wednesday to Sunday.

Breakfast 8am-11am, lunch 11am-3pm, tapas and yakitori menu 3pm-late.

Corner of Moorhouse Ave and Madras St.

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