Great place to impress and drag the unsuspecting (willingly, I’m not suggesting otherwise…. but whatever, I don’t judge). Behind the petrol station, down the alley and around the corner reveals the mystery door to one of Carlton’s newest cafes.
Once you set foot in ‘Vertue of the Coffee Drink’ you realise how much space has been hidden back there and where all the hipsters have been congregating. Plus you also learn that it is in fact, not a typo, but rather a bond to something more archaic. That bond between man and caffeine.
Previously stables, the building has been reimagined as something special, almost magical (yeah that sounds lame) …. Just have a look for yourself. Great fit-out but you may struggle for a table at peak periods.
The coffee is great, don’t get me wrong, but more impressive is head chef Matt Green’s menu. Every dish has had the utmost thought put into it and is presented so delicately. Although not as sizable as the slop plates which can be ordered on nearby Lygon St, the complete experience is one to write home about (or Instagram, yeah do that, … much easier).
Mon – Fri: 7am – 4pm
Sat – Sun: 7.30am – 4pm
Public Holidays: 7.30am – 4pm
8 Raffa Place
Smoked Ocean Trout
Pancetta Wrapped Terrine
240 Johnston Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065
Hipsters. I now know what makes a place cool (or whatever the lingo is). A queue! That’s right a dirty big line out the front where you have to give your name and be told that we may be able to help you out in 30 mins… Nothing I like more than having to wait in the cold with the bearded kind. Hey cool tattoo, is that actually a pink frosted cupcake inked to your calf? That’s alright because your fixie, shaved legs and and grotesque upside-down Christmas tree shaped facial growth makes it all cool again (yeah I’m sticking with ‘cool’).
But.. If you don’t take issue with waiting and comparing ink, then do try Addict Food and Coffee. Damn hipsters actually have found themselves a good place.
The coffee is great, the place is awesome with a simplistic and functional design, the food is brilliant; healthy and very reasonably priced.
Alright even the bearded, inked and beanie clad staff are ‘cool’ too.
For those easily offended, get yourself another tattoo to ward off the hurtful typing of satirical food blogging. My suggestion…. a giant inked dictionary across your chest. Because its meaningful and shit. For everyone else, go to Addict.
818 Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn
This light and bright space provides a breath of fresh air to the somewhat stagnant and same-same-ness of Glenferrie Rd. Milkman espresso offers a limited but enticing brunch menu and plenty of health-conscious but naughty sweats. Also a bonus when the weekend crew are all smiles and happy to chat and help.
Its the perfect place to visit if you want to wear your workout gear and not raise a sweat. Very popular with the legging-clad tanned and blonde 20-30 something’s (post yoga/balance/twist/cross/blah) that want something decent on the severely overpriced and overhyped Glenferrie Rd in Hawthorn.
The workout brigade are onto a good thing. Like the aptly named ‘Mr Simple’ which is their basic but wholesome smashed avocado. Well received and well priced (although a touch slow, but hey, $12. Shut up right?).
The coffee was very smooth. The Niccolo blend is the kind that will please all kinds of drinkers whilst providing that necessary kick to your weekend.
Give the folks a try next time you are in the area or after yoga.
Mr Simple – Smashed Av
Milkman – Hawthorn
Flat White simplicity
Interior at Milkman
119 Howard Street, North Melbourne
Nice clean open space design with funky but minimalistic features ensures that this North Melbourne locale is brimming with people during peak hours.
Code Black describe themselves as simultaneously a laboratory, a workshop and a hub for connoisseurs of the dark art and science of coffee. Sounds pretty cool to me,.. but I just want a coffee.
Thank f$&@ I went mid week to order my single origin long mac. 14 mins and I could count more staff than customers. Glad I got the 1Hr parking spot. Having said that though, it was a pretty good coffee.
These Code Black Coffee peeps do know and love their stuff. I do recommended checking out any of their ventures.
Don’t expect a dine and dash feat. Enjoy the the experience for what it is.
Do take those out-of-town, once a year (or 10) acquaintances along. You will sure to impress.
119 Howard St North Melbourne
A whole lotta hype but not much to write about.
The whole of Melbourne raves about St. Ali.
I don’t so much.
Yeah they make a decent coffee but unfortunately you have to deal with all the other crap and that really takes away from the enjoyment. I compare the experience to visiting that one friend that everyone has, that you are always competing with and trying to out-do. You would never visit that friend in your track suit pants unshowered would you? No…. It’s the same with St. Ali North. You put in a lot of effort for not enough in return.
The menu is lacking in variety and does not offer a single breakfast option (A build-your-own list of ingredients does not count! Any peasant can write a list). You have to contend with a decent wait on a table and then deal with an array of screaming kids, mentally withdrawn wait staff and high expectations.
You leave St. Ali North with the same thought in your head that you also have after a drawn out, but competitive, game of oneupmanship with that friend. ‘Why?! Did I win?’
Yes the Ek-Mitondo Kenyan Single origin was pretty darn good for my double espresso but was it worth the hoo-ha? I just don’t know.
This rant won’t stop the locals from religiously returning and may provoke bearded screams of hipster kind but seriously if I’m investing 90mins and $29pp you have to offer me something more than a nice espresso with a hyphenated foreign name.
My rating 4/8
St Ali North
815 Nicholson Street
Carlton North VIC 3054
Better than a photo of the food
Fun cafe with good coffee and better food. Simple.
Very happy to visit Pope Joan on the weekend and have yet another awesome breakfast experience. No slop or average crap served here, just interesting and delightful dishes served efficiently by staff who don’t hate the world.
I was deceived by the enormity of this place. The 3 Nicholson Street frontages are nondescript to the outside world but on the inside there is plenty of seating and character.
Breakfast was great, and a relief to be handed a menu with actual imaginative breakfast options on it for a change….
-Yes I’m looking you St Ali North, believe it or not people want to be provided with inventive breakfast options, not just build-your-own,… lazy bastards-
The Black Pudding option was accompanied by white beans, smoked beef, a fried egg and potato bread. It was good but I felt somewhat indifferent with the quality of the key ingredient, the black pudding.
Salvation was found in the Pumpkin & Haloumi tart (see what I did there). That’s where it’s at. I may have been guilty of letting my fork stray across the table to frequently sample that delight. Luckily there was no divine intervention on the day (bang! promise that was the last one).
The Allpress espresso was pleasant also but had it’s characteristic earthy after-tones which may leave some drinkers wanting a palette cleanser.
Would highly recommend going to Pope Joan, you get the quality without copping the arrogance.
My rating 6/8
77-79 Nicholson St
Brunswick East VIC 3057
Black Pudding @ Pope Joan
Pumpkin & Haloumi Tart
Double the fun