Perfectly located between St Vincent’s Hospital and the Melbourne Exhibition building, Mighty Boy on a quiet Gertrude Street corner is quickly becoming a local favourite and institution in the area.
Bringing together principles of a standard Melbourne café – white walls, concrete floors, designer lighting – with a Thai-Vietnamese traditional twist, a hybrid kitsch-meets-classic café with an equally confused menu has been born. Not only does it work perfectly but also, this is a truly original concept in Melbourne. Pouring Five Senses coffee with an easy to reach dash-in-dash-out take away area, the coffee is well balanced, strong but creamy.
The food is simply amazing. The combination of the quintessential Melbourne brunch with strong Asian flavours produces a menu that brings crowd favourite elements from both sides together on one plate. Dishes such as the Brie and cumin hash with poached eggs, chilli scrambled eggs and Saracha eggs just scratch the surface. This is not a menu for the light-hearted. The flavours are extremely powerful and probably why you either love or hate Mighty Boy.
Speaking with Mark Peou, owner and mastermind behind the concept he discussed having taken Pad Thai off the menu a few months ago. Sick of the dish, and with ideas for a new menu, Peou made the cut with great satisfaction. However, within one week it was back. After a string of objections from his regulars, Peou quickly restored it with permanent status. Often ordered as a share dish for all to enjoy, the café pumps out around forty Pad Thai dishes each day.
The café is a large dining space with sizeable street side tables great on a sunny day for groups. This café has been open for just on two years and takes pride in fresh ingredients, traditional flavours and worthwhile experimentation. Mighty Boy is not to be missed.