Mr Silver doesn’t understand brunch. He’s always said he doesn’t get the point of a meal that’s cross between breakfast and lunch. But that was before we visited the new Timmy Green at the Nova Building in Victoria and now he finally ‘gets’ brunch.
Located in the Nova Building aka the best thing to ever happen to Victoria. Timmy Green is part of the Daisy Green Collection, cafes and restaurants serving food and drink inspired by Australia.
The restaurant itself is named after the brother of founder Prue Freeman. A bonafide Australian cowboy, the original Timmy Green was devoted to his land and the food is inspired by a hearty, healthy diet with a focus on grass fed meats.
With walls of glass, the restaurant is beautifully bright and with spring in the air on this April day a warm glow spread through the restaurant. Grasses on the ceiling, hanging light bulbs and fresh flowers give the interior the feel of a green house so that it’s casual and friendly but still stylish.
There’s plenty of choice for where to sit; a comfortable sofa or perched on a bar stool.
There’s comfortable outdoor seating too and cosy blankets – we are still in England after all not Australia! There’s even more seating upstairs on the mezzanine level. It’s not the first time that we’ve been to Timmy Green (and it’s certainly not the last – we even went back the next day!), we’ve been in the evening too when its turns into a cool cocktail bar with live music. When we were there a guitar player set the tone perfectly but there’s a piano too.
I mean – need I even say any more – this place has prosecco on tap! But actually I really recommend trying the cocktails too as there’s a true talent for mixology here.
I’m quite fussy about cocktails as I don’t like anything too sweet and fruity cocktails have to be fresh. At Timmy Green the combination is just perfect and the Guava Bellini contains Prosecco, guava puree and grapefruit zest – the perfect mixture of sweetness and tart and so perfectly fresh.
Mr S decided to try one of the smoothies and this beautiful and delicious concoction contained mixed berries, fat free frozen yogurt, low fat milk, agave, freeze dried berries and edible flowers. It was seriously good and the perfect brunch accompaniment or pre-gym fuel!
As we were there at the weekend, the bottomless brunch was being served which includes two courses and bottomless prosecco and mimosas. The first course comes from the ‘something light’ section but don’t be fooled by the name, portions are still hearty! We chose house made maple granola with creamy thick greek yogurt topped with fresh berries, coconut flakes, honey, chia seeds, almonds and edible flowers. Granola can often be too sugary but this was seriously perfect!
The other option on the ‘something light’ section was also a hefty portion but no complaints here as we loved the banana bread sandwich with mascarpone, fresh berries, almonds and honey. Possibly something that I’d choose more for a dessert but brunch is an excuse to break all those rules!
The Champagne Cooler with Veuve Cliquot, Belvedere vodka, Somerset Pomona, apricot jam and pomegranate was so refreshing, it literally reminded me of being on holiday. Think sipping Sangria in Spain or mimosas in LA!
One of the great things about Timmy Green is that you can go super heathy if you want. I chose the ‘hot & healthy’ breakfast greens with broccoli and kale and two poached eggs. On the side were delicious halloumi soldiers with balsamic dust. I’ve never had a dish like this for brunch and I loved the take on the classic egg and soldiers.
My S considered the fancy bacon roll and the intriguing ‘holy f*ck hollandaise’, and seeing it come out of the kitchen I have to say it looked amazing. But instead he went with a classic ‘Bondi’ breakfast – basically a healthy take on a fry up. Bacon, poached eggs, sausage, mushrooms, chilli pesto and avocado. All crisp and non-greasy and accompanied by Timmy Green’s exclusive charcoal bread made with cold, fermented, activated charcoal sourdough.
Yes, Mr S really is starting to ‘get’ brunch. So much so that we actually returned to Timmy Green the next day and he couldn’t help but sample the shakshouka.
With the choice to add chorizo (as we did) or avocado for veggies. It was one of the best versions of the dish I’ve tried.
I have to say huge props to Timmy Green for finally convincing Mr S that brunch is an acceptable meal – we will be back again and again!
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Our brunch was complimentary for the review on this occasion but we’ve returned several time independently.