Early riser: The Monday Room
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.