MELBOURNE! To be frank, Frank's is a must


Just a small meal for two!
Three words. Oh. My. God.

It's something you wouldn't expect when you look at the quiet strip in Cheltenham. We were invited to a little modern cafe beneath a block of apartments. A cafe named after the owner's grandfather, Frank, and as I (Christina) said in the title - to be frank, it's amazing. I'm not just talking about the food, it was the service as well. The beautiful wait staff were nothing but perfect, they were so friendly and especially helpful when it came to my ordering.

The head chef, Eli Faye, also went above and beyond. He came out to discuss the menu with me while I drank my very Instagramable chai latte and then came out again for a chat after our meal. His menu is a mix of Asian and French influences, and the burger (the best I have had in Melbourne) stems from his time in America. He wanted to have his own take on the infamous 'In-N-Out'.

Have I got you curious yet? Well, let's get into it then.

Mushroom - $19
Since it was brunch, we felt rude not ordering some form of breakfast option. So we opted for the 'Mushroom', this entailed stuffed mushroom, potato rosti enoki, parsnip pureƩ, fried egg and multi-grain bread drizzled with truffle oil. Now I am a big fan of mushroom so the more mushroom the better I say. The mushroom was stuffed with mushroom and with the truffle oil, I was in heaven. This was a beautiful breakfast meal. We were off to a great start.

Pork Belly Bao - $19
It was suggested for us to try the Pork Belly Bao, now when staff recommend, I always like to agree - and in this case, I am glad I did. The baos were filled with sous vide pork belly, kewpie mayo slaw, fried shallots and kimchi. DELICIOUS. The pork belly was crispy and not overly fatty like a lot of pork belly I have had before and the mayo slaw was the perfect pairing.

Burger - $19.50
Now to the game changer. As you can probably tell from the lead image - we definitely over ordered for two people. But no regrets when the meals are this good. This burger was simple. I don't know about all these fancy places adding heaps of different ingredients to a burger. I believe a burger is a patty, lettuce, cheese and tomato and Eli has nailed the brief. Grassfed wagyu, American cheddar cheese, tomato, lettuce, BBQ sauce, milk bun, pickle and of course, french fries. It was straight to the point or 'Frank' and super tasty.

So do you reckon we enjoyed our time at Frank's? Seriously writing this review just makes me want that burger again. To top off what seemed to be a perfect lunch at Frank's we were given a homemade muffin to take home as we could not fit in any dessert and it was super fluffy - can they do no wrong?!

Things to know:
  • It's 30 minutes from the city.
  • Open everyday 7am-4pm except on Sundays where it opens 8am-3pm. 
  • Go with a very empty stomach so you can try a few different meals.
  • Make sure you take photos and tag @onthechoppingboard #otcb and let us know what your loved.

Frank's Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato


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