Trotters Bistro Carlton
Back in its first heyday, my brother-in-law (The Professor) and sister and law used to live and work in Carlton. Whenever they visit us from Canada they love to go back there to visit friends, try out the delicious food on offer and enjoy the general atmosphere.
Most of us who have grown up in Melbourne will probably have some kind of memories of our first visit to Carlton. I remember walking down the street as a 17-year-old, being called out to by the restaurant owners and being very impressed at the cosy and sophisticated ambience of what was going on inside each restaurant. I also fondly remember one of my first boyfriends who was a waiter in Lygon St, which probably couldn’t have impressed this Country girl more.
Well a lot has changed since then and a lot has stayed the same. I still love shopping on Lygon St and visiting the plethora of great restaurants and cafes in the area. The Professor was visiting again recently and so we left it up to him to chose our dining destination. Trotters Bistro in Lygon St it was.
First impressions were that Trotters Bistro was one of those first wave restaurants that have lasted the test of time. Cosy corners, moody lighting, dark timber walls and friendly greetings at the door started things off well. The menu has a long list of reliable favourites which is something to be impressed with in this day and age of spectacular Instagram hopeful “good looking” dishes.
Having 6 of us in the group meant we had ample opportunity to really sample the brunch menu (although the lunch specials looked very tempting too).
The breakfast burger with house made hash brown and delicious chutney.
Atlantic Eggs with 2 poached eggs on Dr Marty’s crumpets, with smoked salmon, hollandaise and avocado.
Eggs Benedict with Dr Marty’s crumpets, hollandaise and smoked ham. The smoked ham deserves a special mention as having a very smokey, delicious flavour.
We all enjoyed our brunch in Carlton. Service was friendly and although I didn’t love my coffee, everything else was reliably good.
Visit Trotters Bistro Carlton for time-honoured dishes served in a classic Lygon street bistro. If you are looking for gluten-free meals, you might be particularly keen to visit as they have a great selection.
Special mention goes to the wall full of antique/ vintage disassembled timber boxes which I could have stared at happily all morning.
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