Mr. Morce, you are one cool cat. This hip, casual restaurant lies on the main street of Sorrento, an upscale seaside town in Victoria, Australia, just an hour outside Melbourne. It was the last day of 2017, and I found myself brunching at the charming restaurant.
We three—me, my Aussie boyfriend and his dear friend, Richard—were licking our wounds from the night before and preparing for a 48 hour hangover, given the impending New Year’s Eve festivities. The evening prior had involved several bottles of Veuve Clicquot and rosé, first at home and then at the yacht club, and, later, a highly spirited dance party to 60s-70s-and 80s tunes led by Richard’s parents and lasting into the wee hours of the night.
Sorrento and Portsea are too incredibly posh and absolutely beautiful beach towns outside Melbourne, and we were fortunate to be hosted by Richard’s gracious and incredibly fun family for the evening. I’d fallen in love with Sorrento, a little town that overlooks the sea and is lined with great boutiques, cute cafes, and local butchers shops, markets, and ice cream stores. There’s even a popular 80s pop song—Sorrento Moon—dedicated to the town. (If you thought it was about Italy, you’d be mistaken, as the singer is an Australian)
Mr. Morce has a great aesthetic—a simple outdoor patio, with a light, bright and airy indoor space with sleek, Scandinavian aesthetic. The back patio is the true charmer, with its bright blue walls, vintage surf paintings, and big umbrellas.
Our lattes were lovely and the fresh-squeezed orange juice divine—exactly the kick John needed.
Given our obvious need for antioxidants, we shared the superfood starter, a bowl of acai, chia seeds, toasted almonds, banana, and fresh berries. The fruit was fresh and the almonds and chia added some protein and a nice crunch.
Richard likes to rely on his breakfasts so he ordered the poached eggs on toast, like a good Aussie lad. It was a classic, well-executed take on brekkie.
All over Australia there are several takes on poached eggs available on each menu: on a classic brekkie, on avocado toast, or with corn fritters. We often ordered the corn fritters, and Mr. Morce’s take was a classic variation: crispy corn fritters served with bacon, roasted tomatoes, spinach, chili jam, and poached eggs. The dish was a respectable, well prepared version of the Australian staple.
Meanwhile, I’m mad about mushrooms so we also ordered the “Button Down,” a plate of sautéed mushrooms with snow pea tendrils in balsamic glaze atop a Parmesan polenta, with the addition of poached eggs. The mushrooms were divine, but the eggs were poached a bit too solidly.
The Bitches say: A- for a great, reliable brunch spot in our new favorite seaside getaway. The service, aesthetic, and brunch offerings were lovely, but we wish they’d be a bit more adventurous in the execution of the classic staples. Nonetheless, we highly recommend, should you find yourself in Portsea.
182 Ocean Beach Road
Sorrento VIC 3943, Australia