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Located on the Yarra River in Abbotsford, Frankie Says is Melbourne’s latest café and bar offering. The magic minds behind the establishment are Megan Phillis and James Meehan, who brought us The Meatball Company, Hoy Pinoy and Café Italia.


Phillis said they want Frankie Says to be a place where people feel at home. This isn’t hard as the floor-to-ceiling windows fill the café with natural light, which instantly makes the space feel warm and comforting. We also loved the laidback and simple wooden aesthetic.

 Their menu reflects how Phillis and Meehan love to eat, “with flavour, sharing and laughter turned up high.” There are the usual brunch additions, with a Frankie Says twist: scrambled eggs with goat’s curd, truffled mushrooms and pancetta; or quinoa porridge with pistachio nuts and almond milk. If visiting with a friend, there are the assortito and fritto misto sharing platters to enjoy together.


Feast tried the pulled beef burger, which was filled to bursting. It was complemented with grilled capsicum and caramelised onions. Although quite expensive at $19, it was a delicious and generous serving. We also tried the daily special: French toast with … … They also have a pastry cabinet, with most of the products made on site. Think croissants and lamingtons like you’ve never seen them.


The 90-seater café is tucked underneath a new apartment complex on the Richmond/Abbotsford border. This is fortunate for residents, as they don’t have to venture far for top-quality food and coffee. Plus thanks to its position on the Yarra it is in an ideal location for regular riverside walkers and bike riders to refuel.


Although it is currently only open for breakfast and lunch seven days, the Frankie Says team hope to open for dinner within the next month. We are sure their dinner menu will pair perfectly with their own table wines: a 2013 Sauvignon Blanc and a 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon, which are both produced in South Australia.


Phillis hopes Frankie Says becomes a place people feel comfortable and totally relaxed. Where they can “enjoy a champagne brunch, catch up with friends over an afternoon antipasto, or simply take a moment to themselves in the leafy surrounds with a cup of coffee.” It is certainly the perfect place for Sunday brunch beside the Yarra.