I first found out about this cute little café in Elsternwick from my mum who was suggested by her colleague to try it out. We popped in and instantly loved the feel of the place – it was busy but not crowded to the point where they were obviously trying to fit as many people in as possible. The place was buzzing and on every occasion that I have been here, the wait staff are always very bubbly and welcoming. Even with a lot of other brunch options out there, it can be difficult to find a place that delivers consistent service every time and you never really get staff who have an “off” day here. From the waiters to the coffee guy at the register – it really creates a feel-good vibe. There’s also an open kitchen area so if you like that sort of thing, you’ll be happy to see all this good food being prepared.
The first thing I tried from Mother’s Instinct was the granola and acai berry smoothie. Personally, I found the granola a little plain and not that exciting but the smoothie was presented nicely and tasted reasonably good. After we’d tried this place for the first time, we brought my dad here. He is the ultimate decider of what is and isn’t good coffee. And guess what? Mother’s Instinct passed the test. To quote his words “the coffee is really good”. And I agree wholeheartedly.
I’ve noticed a lot of people in their gym and exercise gear who pop in after a bike ride or a morning workout. I’m not surprised as the menu definitely leans more to the healthy side of things. I love that there are many options to choose from so I never feel limited. Despite this, I’m a creature of habit and the primary reason I go back here is for their corn fritters! The eggs are always perfectly poached and the fritters are not oily or overly fried. But the standout for me has always been the salsa. To me, it really makes this dish come together and gives it a bit of a kick.
They have ample seating but I would suggest making a booking for the popular brunch times to avoid any waiting times, particularly if you decide on bringing in a bigger group.