I have been searching for a “good bagel” since arriving in Melbourne. Thank goodness Connie Honaker took me to Mile End Bagels in Fitzroy. They are making Montreal style bagels from scratch everyday. Crisp on the outside, chewy on the inside.
Mile End Bagels began with two friends determined to bring the perfect bagel experience to Melbourne. The pair jumped on a plane, skipped New York and landed in Canada for a crash course in all things bagels. After plenty of early mornings, uncomfortable hostel beds and thousands of sesame seeds later Mile End Bagels was born.
Mile End Bagel is the first wood-fired bagel oven in Australia. Hand built by Canadian stonemasons – it’s the real deal. Their bagels are boiled in honey water and then baked in wood-fire to achieve the perfect bagel – a little crunchy, a little chewy with a hint of sweetness – like no bagel you’ve had before in Melbourne.
What’s your bagel preference? Sesame, poppyseed, everything (less the garlic and onion of an American everything bagel), raisin or plain. And then the cream cheese options – my fav is dill and caper – cause why not. They have traditional bagel and cream cheese or add basil oil, salmon, peanut butter and jelly with real peanuts. The coffee, chai and fresh juices makes for a great breakfast, midday snack or lunch. Take a couple dozen to the office with cream cheese – you will be a hero.
The Montreal bagel, is a distinctive variety of handmade and wood-fired baked bagel. In contrast to the New York-style bagel, the Montreal bagel is smaller, thinner, sweeter and denser, with a larger hole, and is always baked in a wood-fired oven. It contains malt, egg, and no salt and is boiled in honey-sweetened water before being baked. (Wikipedia)
Mile End Bagel is open 7 days a week at 7:30am. Street parking or the tram brings you to the front door 14-16 Johnson Street in Fitzroy.
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