El Mirage

It’s a little suprising that El Mirage (349 Lygon St, East Brunswick) hasn’t been the subject of more online reviews. It can’t be due to lack of popularity, as it’s always busy when we visit. Nor can it be the quality of the food, because everything I’ve tried there has been superb.

One of the dishes, The Gringo, is one of my favourite breakfast dishes – not just here, but anywhere. It comprises two perfectly poached eggs, crispy bacon, and some amazing mexican beans. One of the things I like is that, unike some other cafes, they don’t skimp on things like the toast. You get two generous slices.

They also do sweet things well, with the lamingtons, covered in roasted dessicated coconut, being a highlight. Coffee is good, the decor is appealing, service is efficient and friendly, and it’s generally a very pleasant place to be.

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4 Responses to “El Mirage”

  1. Anonymous says:

    On the several occasions I have visited, the service has been efficient, but never friendly. The staff here have some serious attitude.

  2. Rob says:

    Have no idea what that last comment is about. What are you expecting, your ear to be suckled whilst the waiter serves you breakfast?

    The place is very, very busy on weekends, and i’ve always found the service attentive given the amount of traffic through there.

  3. Anthony says:

    Rob – good service and staff who make an effort is really important – who wants to spend their money and time at a place where staff are rude and don’t give a shit about their customers. Simple professionalism really.

  4. Nicole says:

    I love this place, especially the Gringo! I found the staff to be pretty friendly. Much friendlier than Small Block down the road.

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