It’s inevitable to always have food on your mind, especially when you’re a foodie like me enjoying a long weekend in Melbourne. As soon as I touched down in Melbourne, the first thing on my agenda was to brunch and have my first coffee for the day. So we made our way to Prahran, an eclectic suburb with a mix of high-end shopping on Chapel Street as well as vintage finds and eateries on Greville Street.
We decided to start our Melbourne eating adventure at Oscar Cooper, a bar-cafe by Paul Butera and Jason Barone. Nested in the corner of Greville and St Edmonds, Oscar Cooper is where you won’t get judged if you decide to have a boozy breakfast. With a morning friendly cocktail list to accompany the day menu, it makes you question whether to indulge in a morning alcoholic concoction or your usual black coffee, I chose the latter.
Foodwise, I decided to have the sesame crumbled soft shell crab on a watermelon, mint, bean sprout and Thai basil salad dressed with palm sugar caramel and nuoc cham (Vietnamese dipping sauce), topped with crispy shallots. I have a love affair with soft shell crab and I was partly expecting something meaty, like what I had at Top Paddock. Sadly, Oscar Cooper’s crab was more coating that crab – rather disappointing. However, everything else on the plate was fabulous. I especially enjoyed the dressing which had a subtle combination of sweet, sour and salty.
Oscar Cooper | 160 Greville Street, Prahran