Deciding where to take your Dad for Father’s Day is no easy task in Melbourne. We are spoilt with countless gourmet brunch spots from the outer suburbs to the CBD. With too many choices and delicious food photos to investigate on Instagram (I’m a repeat culprit of stalking the food instagrams’ before I decide on where to eat) it can get a little overwhelming.
Luckily for you, we’ve taken the research and eliminate process out of your hands with this list of restaurants that will soon be Dad’s new favourite brunch spot.

Don’t be fooled by the elegant French influenced name, Chez Dre will have it’s manly favourites on the table this Father’s Day.Confit Pork Belly on a toasted baguette is sure to fulfil Dad’s big breaky cravings, topped with poached eggs, yuzukosho pumpkin puree, rainbow chard, crispy prosciutto and pain d’epices crumb. For a lighter choice, tasty chorizo and smashed peas are garnished with mint, lemon & parsley and chèvre served with poached eggs & toasted sourdough. Sunday Opening Hours: 7.30am – 4pm

Rear of 285-287 Coventry Street, South Melbourne 3205

If serving up a home-made breakfast for Dad is beyond your kitchen capabilities, you’re in luck. Feast of Merit have created a tailored menu specifically for Fathers Day, saving you a not-so-gourmet outcome and a very messy kitchen.
The Father’s Day Specials:
  • Injera Crumpets, rooftop honey, Myrtleford butter, whipped labneh
  • Ginger, barberry and macadamia museli, warmed spiced milk, seasonal fruit Uncrystallised ginger, dry roasted macadamias, pistachios, organic puffed amaranth, toasted coconut flakes, barberries, organic currants, activated buckinis, raw buckwheat, raw cinnamon
  • Avocado on multigrain toast, rough hummus, basturma, hard-boiled egg, garden herbs
  • Shakshouka– tomato, harissa, red peppers, cumin, green eggs, tahini labneh, toast Add makaneh sausage (spiced lamb and beef sausage)
  • Olive oil poached white fish, smoked potato, dukkah, whey dressing, soft egg, organic high-tin toast 
  • Spiced beluga lentil soup, labneh, Nagambie gold olive oil, charred flat bread, za’tar
  • Open steak sandwich– Hopkins River beef, pickled onions, iceberg, chermoula aioli     
This menu will run from 8am – 2:30pm. Reservations can be made by phone on 9428 8480. Tables can be reserved at 9am, 11am and 1pm for a two hour sitting. After 2:30pm they are running like a normal Sunday with the snacks menu running from 2:30 – 5:30 followed by the dinner menu.
Sunday Opening Hours: 8am – 4pm
117 Swan Street, Richmond 3121
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Hammer & Tong 412

This all-day eating house and coffee bar offers many hearty options. Whilst dining in the main dining hall or the sunroom, there’s plenty of meals for Dad to indulge in.

Spanish cuisine inspires the Chorizo bravas, with crispy potatoes, spiced tomato, garlic emulsion and a unique twist with fried quail eggs. Whilst the soft shell crab burger will be fresh on the palette with sesame slaw, coriander, spring onion and sriracha mayonaise. Although most Dad’s probably won’t get past the Szechuan spiced lamb ribs accompanied by pickled dill cucumber and nashi salad.

Sunday Opening Hours: 7am – 4pm

Rear 412 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Vic 3065

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Drug Store Espresso

It doesn’t get much tastier than slow-cooked, tender meats absorbed for hours in spices. Drugstore Espresso has not one, but two slow-cooked items on the menu, accompanied with poached eggs to give your breakfast the perfect warm touch in the August weather.

Slow cooked duck ragu is cooked with south yarra spiced mixed beans, smoked chorizo and feta, topped with a poached egg and a side of crispy sourdough.

Slow cooked lamb shoulder is served with a super salad of broccoli, kale, french beans, green lentils, freekeh, green peas & mixed beans. Finished with a poached egg, fresh mint & egyptian spices.

Sunday Opening Hours: 8am – 4pm

194 Toorak Road, South Yarra 3141


Naughty Boy Cafe

The stars have clearly aligned as Father’s Day and Naughty Boy’s slow cook sensation both fall on a Sunday. Slow Sunday Lunch is the rapidly becoming a popular tradition at Naughty Boy Cafe. Every Sunday from 12pm – 3.30pm the kitchen produces a spin on the classic roast or a tummy pleasing twist to a winter braise. Bookings are essential and can be made on 9041 7870 everyday of the week.

Sunday Opening Hours: 8am – 4pm

499-501 Lygon Street, Princes Hill 3054


Friends of Mine

If there’s any day Dad should be able to let his sweet tooth run wild it’s the day of Dad. Friends of Mine serve up a treat with their popular toasted banana bread with maple syrup mascarpone, fresh banana, berry compote and pistachio.

For a savoury choice, treat Dad to Crispy skinned barramundi with potato brandade, seasonal greens and a fresh parsley sauce.

Sunday Opening Hours: 7.30am – 4pm

506 Swan Street, Richmond 3121


East Elevation

Sometimes you just crave a big, crispy toastie on a Sunday morning. East Elevation is all you need if Dad’s getting those toasted sanga feels. Their speciality croque monsieur layers free range ham, swiss gruyère, mustard, bèchamel and braised leek on sourdough bread with a green salad and cornichons.

Another manly favourite is the corned beef hash,with parsley, kasundi, free range egg and herb salad.

Sunday Opening Hours: 8am – 4pm

351 Lygon Street, Brunswick East 3057



Foodie gifts from the Bibelot dessert boutique are a great way to spoil Dad and his guilty sugar cravings. Next door to Chez Dre you can find a wide range of treats from their retail offering, from chocolate blocks to pastries.

Sunday Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm
285-287 Coventry Street, South Melbourne 3205


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