All posts tagged: melbourne cbd

The Journal / Melbourne CBD

  You’ll find Journal through a non-descript entry way In the heart of the CBD.         It’s tight and cosy inside with plenty of people packed in. It seems a favourite spot for lunchers with couples, groups and single diners situated around the cafe. It’s table service and on sitting down we were quickly given menus and our orders taken.     We admit we may have made a mistake in ordering coffee, if you enjoy your coffee as much as we do then don’t bother ordering it here!    Our first lunch dish was a toasty and warm Cuban. For $14 it was a good meal but there’s probably a better one to be found in the CBD.Our next selection was the make your own baguette, giving you a choice of fillings from the board. We opted for fresh tomato, leg ham and bocconcini. This was so simple, but worked so well! The flavour of the bocconcini and the light but crusty bread was a match made in heaven. We would have enjoyed …

Operator 25 / Melbourne CBD

On a sunny Melbourne morning, we headed to Urbanspoon’s talk of the town, Operator 25 On Wills st in the CBD for a relaxed breakfast. You’ll need to wait to be seated, and Operator 25 seem perpetually busy so we were happy to take a seat outside and enjoy the day. The decor inside was bright and appealing, the sunflowers on the counter in particular caught my eye! Despite being outside and therefore out of sight and potentially mind for the waitstaff, we were given menus and our coffee orders were taken immediately. They took longer to return and take our orders but we were happily sipping coffee by that stage and weren’t too bothered by the delay. They were also training a new server which could have contributed to the wait time. Every good breakfast for us starts with coffee! We found Operator 25’s to be creamy, with a good flavour and latte art. It was obvious care had been taken with our drinks.Our sweet dish was a ginger and date bread served with a pomegranate sauce, …

Shortstop Coffee & Donuts / Melbourne CBD

If there’s something Melbourne seems to have a lot of it’s donuts. Believe me this isn’t a complaint, the more donuts the better, actually is there anything better then donuts? I digress, after hearing fantastic things about Shortstop’s donuts, we couldn’t resist dropping by their Sutherland street store in the CBD. There were plenty of choices on offer and the decision was agonizing. We started with coffees using Market Lane beans, one of our favourites from our last holiday in Melbourne. The espresso brought out flavours more subtle and fruity, so much so that it almost tasted like a filter coffee. It had a creamy mouthfeel and lovely latte art. Now what you’ve been waiting for, the donuts! Our first selection was the traditional vanilla glazed donut. The glaze was light and sweet with a vanilla flavour that complemented the soft and light pastry. Next up was the decadent Boston cream donut. We obviously had to try a filled donut too, and the rich chocolate and glossy finish immediately drew our eye. The tender and light pastry …

+39 Pizzeria / Melbourne

Sometimes you just want, nay need pizza, and in those sometimes +39 Pizzeria is there to satisfy your pizza-lust! You’ll find it on Little Bourke Street in the heart of the CBD and well known for its authentic Italian pizza. We were lucky to get a table after booking at the last minute and found ourselves seated at the very back right next to the pizza oven. The menu is unsurprisingly Italian, plenty of inspiring dishes mainly with a mix of pizza and pastas, designed to showcase the fresh and delicious ingredients. We decided to start with the brushcetta plate. The bruschetta plate is a fantastic way to get a taste of everything and is perfect for sharing! Our favourite was definitely the pesto with cherry tomato and mozzarella. The cheese was absolutely delicious and the pesto and cherry tomato were beautiful. The mushroom bruschetta was predominantly mushroom dominated with wonderful hints of truffle throughout, while the traditional brushcetta was the delightful mix of tomato, onion, garlic, basil and balsamic. The bread for all the …

Fonda / Melbourne

We are big fans of Mexican food and on a night out with some other friends from Perth we decided to check out Fonda in Flinders Lane in the CBD. The venue is adorned in a spaghetti western style with edgy decor, exposed brick and pale wood. Was the venue named after Peter Fonda and his movies or Jane Fonda, the more well known? We aren’t sure but either way it gets the conversation started. You can order takeaway meals or get a seat, the restaurant was busy for a weeknight and it certainly didn’t feel like it was in the heart of the central business district. We sat ourselves on the colourful chairs reminiscent of old school diner booths, surrounded by cacti and With a view of the street outside and the expanse of the dining area below. To order you need to make your way to the counter so we went and ordered drinks before seriously considering the menu. There was a large selection of reasonably priced drinks and plenty of the non-alcoholic …

Hardware Societe

After an earlier unsuccessful attempt to visit Hardware Societe we headed back to Hardware LaneΒ keen for some of the breakfast goodness we’d been drooling all over @breakfastinmelbourne’s Instagram page. This time we managed to get a seat with just the two of us, though there was a line for bigger tables. The host was efficient and just a little flamboyant, seating us outside so unfortunately we didn’t even get to set foot in the store, but the alluring glimpses stolen over the heads of other diners was enough to assure us that we would have loved it if we did. The Melbourne weather was unseasonably pleasant, and the outside tables were quite a nice place to be. We found the coffee to be fantastic. It was creamy with a more mellow and subtle flavour then some of the others we’ve had around Melbourne, but a great way to start the morning. Plus it was served with a cute little sugared donut, a quick way to win our hearts. The menu at Hardware Societe changes depending …

Manchester Press Rankin lane

Down Rankin lane and off Little Bourke street you’ll find Machester Press. It’s another one of those funky Melbourne cafes that you’ll be forgiven for not noticing unless you know what you’re looking for. We stopped by for a refuel on our travels and were impressed by the industrial edginess of the cafe and its large space.The coffee here had a great creaminess and a nice flavour. It was served at the perfect drinking temperature. Its one of those coffees with a subtlety and nuance that makes each sip interesting, coffee doesn’t have to knock to sideways to be great. We shared a bagel to recharge, it was served with jam and butter and nicely toasted. Bagels are one of our favourite snacks and it was great to take a moment to savour the experience in an otherwise busy day. Manchester Press is a hidden and gem and we’ll be sure to head back for more coffee and a meal in the future!   Be sure to hit the follow button to keep up to date …