Don’t fall into the trap of underestimating the humble bowl of oats. Melbourne cafés are dressing their designer porridges with the likes of burnt maple, cacao nibs and freeze-dried fruits; with bases ranging from steel-cut oats to quinoa and polenta.
In no particular order, here are Melbourne's best porridges, as judged by Time Out.
The best porridges in Melbourne
You know all about their famous hotcakes, but there's no harm in keeping things simple with their oat porridge. In true Top Paddock style, they'll adorn bowls with strawberry and rhubarb compote, violet sugar, edible blossoms, and pistachios. It's floral and warming – think south of France in winter.
You’ll be handed an extensive coffee menu as soon as you’re seated at this Fitzroy roastery-café. The caffeine game is strong here, but so are their porridge. The steel-cut oats they use have are soft and pleasantly chewy, then they are embellished with pulverised raspberries, coconut yoghurt, honeydew, kiwi gel and crumble for crunch.
The south-side sister to Top Paddock and Two Birds One Stone boasts glossy-mag interiors, Small Batch coffee and ambitious café fare. The polenta porridge with burnt maple and textures of strawberry and basil is gaining Insta-fame for its delicate beauty. Don’t spend too long agonising over filters: demolish it while it's still warm.
A favourite among the locals, this Fitzroy café is pushing a healthy breakfast that looks like dessert. The rice pudding changes often, but currently it's cooked in coconut milk for a fragrant finish and topped with burnt orange curd, warm autumn fruits and puffed rice cereal.