South Melbourne has some lovely cafes, and the people behind the wonderful little cafe Giddiup have just brought us another one. You’ll find Wynyard down Wynyard Lane, off Clarendon street at the Park Street end of town. It’s also conveniently linked to one of my favourite lunchtime haunts, Made in Japan. They have the most wonderful ceramics and homewares and it’s well worth have a quick peruse while you wait for your coffee.The service at Wynyard was very friendly and warm. The cafe space is small but comfortable, a nice quiet spot to take a moment out of a busy work day. Our water on the table had the unusual addition of cardamom, we thought it was purposeful, a herbed water is surely fashionable somewhere. It turns out the water had been stored next to the home made chai brewing, giving a pleasant and spicy flavour which we would actually quite happily have again.We started with lattes. We’ve been drinking the coffee at Wynyard since they open and are always impressed with their brews. The flavours are interesting, there’s a single origin on offer if you’re keen, as well as great baristas who don’t mind having a chat with you while you wait. If you’re looking for a reliably good coffee in South Melbourne Wynyard is well worth a visit. Our first dish was the verde eggs, a very green way to start the morning. The verge was tangy with a hint of sweetness, while the eggs and cheese were creamy and fluffy. We enjoyed the mix of flavours and textures and how decadent the eggs felt, even under all the green. Our second dish was lavender, blueberry and ricotta hot cakes. It spent a little too long on a hot pan so had a dark crust but was a surprisingly delightful meal. It was incredibly flavoursome with the light tang of lemon syrup, the sweetness of the blueberry and the creamy ricotta. There was also a serve of mascarpone, for that little bit of extra richness and creaminess. The one thing that we would have liked is a little freshness on the plate, a little strawberry or blueberry would have gone down a treat as a salve for the heaviness of the hot cakes.
We really enjoyed our visit to Wynyard, and look forward to whatever they come up with next!