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.