There's not much that I can say about this Melbourne institution that already hasn't been said before, but here's my opinion anyway!
RHCL is one of the best cafes in Melbourne, and they serve some of the best breakfast in Melbourne. On the morning we went, although it was packed, the always professional staff kept their cool and maintained their high level of service. This was even though the place was a madhouse, and there were customers lining up for tables.
The winelist is second to none, with an extensive and always-changing list of wines available by the glass. Not that we paid much attention to it at breakfast time. That said, the Bloody Mary is worth a look!
From the breakfast menu, I opted for the corn fritters with poached egg and smoked salmon - it was divine! As was some of the famous RHCL grilled cheese with spicy eggplant relish (you can't get better in Melbourne), which I surreptitiously 'borrowed' from K's plate.
The lunch menu is seasonal, and always seems to be full of great, fresh produce. Make sure you try the beer battered chips... I feel like a broken record, but again, they are some of the best in Melbourne.
The hardest part about our last visit was the fact that we were seated at a bar which looked through to the famous cheese room. Also in my opinion one of the best reasons for visiting RHCL! The selection is fantastic, and the staff so knowledgeable. It's hard not to go home with an armful of artisan cheeses from all over Europe, as once you taste them all, you feel the need to buy them all!
Richmond Hill Cafe and Larder
03 9421 2808