It's the quintessential thing to do in Melbourne, enjoying a meal with friends as you watch the rowers of Victoria glide down the Yarra. What you might not have known though is that you can do this AND get your smashed avo with Meredith feta desires fulfilled at Riverland. That's right, Riverland is doing breakfast with a river view.
Riverland has catered for every weather eventuation with indoor communal tables, open air seating, a covered marquee area with plenty of super strength outdoor heaters to keep that winter chill away and just as many umbrellas for when the sun shines through.
I was lucky enough to attend a fundraising event for Australia's Biggest Morning Tea hosted by Taking a Bite, raising much needed funds for the Cancer Council. Riverland helped make this event possible with a simultaneous launch of their new breakfast menu. A number of other wonderful sponsors also participated on the day including the lovely Loretta from Let's Meet At, who offered a Gourmet membership to her fabulous new platform linking passionate foodies for one on one connections. Making sure our collective sweet tooth was well feed was Cookies by Julia with her gorgeous teacup cookies and a new baker on the scene; Jalu Desserts provided luscious lemon vanilla cupcakes.
But before the food bloggers of Melbourne left Riverland full and clutching our cupcakes and cookies we were treated to a great range of beautifully presented breakfast dishes that arrived promptly, served by genuinely friendly staff who made sure we had plenty of coffee and tea at all times. The cameras were out in force ready to pap the hell out of the food in readiness for a stream of Insta posts.
I ordered the Scotch egg, not a dish you see often and one I could modify to accommodate my f45 Challenge by carefully removing the egg from his scotch shell and passing to my fellow foodies Melbourne Glutton and Breakfast Snobs to happily devour. I enjoyed my perfectly cooked egg perched atop a refreshing salad of apple, walnut, endive accompanied by a delicious tomato chutney. Not surprisingly the pulled pork hock (GF) was the most ordered dish and I observed that not a crumb was left on those plates, or any other for that matter. As always everyone had food envy of the French toast - the combination of banana mess, salted caramel, chocolate sauce and hazelnut crumb looked dreamy. So too did the people eating it. Vegetarians could also enjoy the black rice porridge or the mushroom ragout on creamy polenta.
Just when everyone was thinking how fortunate we were to be enjoying great company over a yum breaky whilst raising money for the Cancer Council, the generous folk at Riverland raised the stakes by bringing out ramekins of mouthwatering cheese and mac croquettes and boards of crusty toasted bread with a pumpkin and chick pea dip. Cameras were re-loaded and faces were stuffed. I looked on drooling, taking the nom nom sounds from my learned colleagues to be a very good sign that they were happy. Really happy.
So whether you've worked up a hunger rowing down the Yarra, riding along it on your bike or running around the nearby Tan, now you know that Riverland is way more than just a bar, it's a brunch spot with river and city views. Thanks to Taking a Bite for organising this charitable event and for the support of all the sponsors, especially Riverland.
7 days - 8am til late
Vaults 1-9 Federation Wharf Melbourne 3000 (Under Princes Bridge)
Phone: (03) 9662 1771