Daily: 07:30 - 19:30
The Plain near Duxton Hill Park is a Melbournian inspired cafe that emphasises on simplistic decor and food. Its straightforward but hearty menu consists of tarts, sandwiches and whole day breakfast.
Interior and Service - This is a very plain cafe, as the cafe name suggests but only interior aspect but not the food. It was so plain and simple that you would not be given any menu upon seated, in fact the service staff would come to you and tell you verbally what they were serving for the day. Alternatively, you can refer to the menu on the wall. Staff were friendly and helpful. I like that personal touch, i.e. staff introducing the menu verbally, because these days, the service staff were more interested in taking your orders and moved on, some of them had no idea about the food the restaurant served and they would not give recommendations.
Food - I ordered a lot of food (3 main courses and 2 other small sandwiches to share among the three of us, 3 coffees) and I would say the food portions were generous and tasted decent and not as fanciful as compared to other brunch places. I liked The Weekender especially they added ikura on top of the poached eggs. I also liked the Humpty Dumpty, the name was creative and the presentation was very unique. I enjoyed having my brunch in this unpretentious and not so crowded cafe. Food was reasonably priced. Everyone seemed so relaxed and that's what cafe should be. I would definitely be back.
When it comes to the interior, The Plain really does live up to its name. It does also tend to get very noisy. However, it's all about satisfying the caffeine fix! And regardless of decor, their great coffee is consistently good every time.