All posts tagged: South Melbourne

The Crux & Co / South Melbourne

The Crux & Co is the newest opening in South Melbourne. It’s such a beautifully curated space, full of light, sleek copper and pale pines. One of those cafes that pulls you in to take a closer look.With neighbors like Kettle Black and Bibelot – it’s in good company. Did South Melbourne need another patisserie? Maybe not – but this one has a signature unlike any other, the Crogel.The Crogel (pronounced just like it’s written and also known as a Crogle) is The Crux & Co’s newest creation, but what is it? Hybrid between bagel and croissant, the Crogel has the flaky goodness of a croissant and the shape and density of a bagel. In practice we found it to be just like a bagel shaped croissant. The buttery pastry is perfect with tangy cream cheese for breakfast. I’m not sure we would have tried the croissant and cream cheese combination otherwise! No longer must breakfast-goers choose between croissant and bagel, next time try a Crogel! Pastry aside, the Crux & Co also have specialty coffee and …

Red Petite / South Melbourne

    Red Petite is a cute Thai cafe, popular for their meals in South Melbourne. Despite how popular they are with the locals I had stayed away because the prices were too high for a work week lunch ($15). As soon as their prices dropped with lunch specials for $13 I was on for an old favourite – the green chicken curry. The menu has the usual Thai suspects, with most people in the cafe with a bowl of curry in front of them. We asked if they had roti and were fortunate they did, despite it not being on the menu when we visited. The satay was fantastic, all about the peanut with that chilli warmth, but the roti was a little disappointing. It just needed a bit of brown; a nice golden colour to invite and give it a bit more flavour.  Our table ordered a Massaman and a Green Chicken Curry. They were both creamy and generous in their sizing. While there wasn’t a lot of veggies the serving of chicken was good and …

Wat Da Pho / South Melbourne

I went for the classic beef, light strips served in a steaming soup, to be topped with spring onion and bean shoots, chilli and basil to your hearts content. The soup is so light and fresh, warming from the inside out. I’ve always been fascinated with watching the flush of the beef cook in the broth, changing from pink to light brown without losing any moisture or freshness

Pho Cycle / South Melbourne

The newest Vietnamese joint to open in South Melbourne, Pho Cycle is generating quite a buzz. It’s conveniently located near my office and it wasn’t long before a gaggle of co-workers decided to give it a go. We were very impressed by the fit out, it was a bit West, a bit East, just like the fusion of Vietnamese favourites and some interesting Western additions you’ll find on their menu. Crunchy Asian salad with lemongrass chicken and sweet potato fries? We’re there!   We found our waiter to be charmingly hungover, affable, friendly and rather excellent despite what must have been a bit of a headache. Being so newly open they were still ironing out some of the service processes and were a bit slow, potentially surprised by the throng of customers. After only being open a few days the chatty and friendly service says a whole lot more about what we can expect from Pho Cycle than the speed does. I was captivated by a Beef Pho which aromatically drifted past our table. We also …

Wynyard / South Melbourne

 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 …

Giddiup / South Melbourne

Giddiup is a delightful little cafe in the heart of South Melbourne. It’s a stones throw from the markets and some of our other local favourites, Bibelot and Chez Dre. We loved the pastel fades in the exterior, and the clean and crisp interiors. When we say ‘little’, we do mean little! It’s quite a narrow space with only a small area for diners to eat in, we were lucky to find a seat. We managed to get someone’s attention to order coffee and grab a menu. Giddiup do a beautiful coffee, smooth and creamy throughout. It was hot, but not too hot, sitting on the edge of that line that good baristas can tow. It’s one of the best for interesting and consistent coffee, making Giddiup a standout for the area. Our first choice from the menu was a mint and pea smash, because bacon improves everything we added some. It was unfortunately a mistake, it wasn’t well cooked and felt dry and cold. Putting that aside, the dish  was presented well, though a little hard …

Petit Tresor / South Melbourne

    One of my favourite coffee haunts in South Melbourne has recently started serving breakfast. I’ve always drooled over their cake display but hadn’t eaten their yet and breakfast was a prospect I couldn’t pass up. The Clarendon street strip of South Melbourne is full of great places to eat, but this French patisserie is notable for its inviting exterior, delectable cakes and the two friendly brothers who run it. The tables are all adorned with gorgeous little terrariums from Plant A Gift, they also have some succulents available for retail in the cutest concrete pots. Just another thing I’ve lusted after at this cute cafe. While breakfast has only been on offer for a short time the menu still evokes some difficult decisions – luckily we started with coffee to ease into our meal. Our coffee took some time to arrive but we’re lovely when they did. The flavours are rich and complex, the milk is creamy with an attempt at latte art.  Let’s start with the French toast, a hugely generous serving with a mascarpone, lemon …

San Jose / South Melbourne

 There’s plenty of options for a hungry 9-5’er come lunchtime in South Melbourne. The most joy is to be found on Clarendon Street where a newly opened cafe has been causing quite a buzz! We were hooked as soon as we read the words ‘cheese fries’ and made it our mission to visit in their first week open! The cafe is cute and quiet inside. It’s small and simply furnished but comfortable.  The stunning view of the street through the wide front window is perfect for people watching, one of our favourite pastimes. As with most newly opened venues San Jose had teething problems. For us it’s more about how they handle those issues that will inevitably arise. The staff were panicked when they couldn’t take cash payments, but friendly, warm and apologetic as it got sorted. Our food orders went through regardless and we got our food super quickly despite the hiccup. I went with the Down Under burger and a serve of cheese fries. If there’s anything more Aussie than beetroot in a burger I …

Kuu Japanese / South Melbourne

   You’ll find Kuu, a charming little cafe just off the main strip down Park st in South Melbourne. It’s an unusual mix of decor that would be at home in a hipster cafe, white tiles, raw walls, wooden tables and delicate vases with single stems of flowers.  There’s certainly plenty of enthusiasm in this new cafe but they had their fair share of teething problems and there was a bit of a language barrier. All the smiles make a big difference in getting past the challenges and their positivity is infectious. The menu is still fairly short but there’s enough on offer for lunch to make the decision a difficult one. The prices are on the expensive end of the scale, especially when there’s dishes to be found up Clarendon st for under $10 but we gave it a try anyway.  I went with the Japanese curry with Panko crumb chicken and brown rice. The serving was large and there was plenty of flavour. The chicken was perfectly cooked, crunchy and well seasoned while the curry …