All posts tagged: South Melbourne

Mr Cyclo Vietnamese Street Food / South Melbourne

 You’ll find this Vietnamese street food vendor on Clarendon Street, the place to be in South Melbourne. I went with a Vietnamese friend who visits regularly and spoke highly of their pho.You can place your order at the counter and from there we made our way upstairs. The staff were friendly and $9.90 was a good price to pay for a tasty and quick lunch.  I’ve been a fan of pho since trying it with a Vietnmese friend back in Perth. This noodle soup is such a satisfying and warming meal, I can’t say I’ve ever managed to finish a bowl the serving sizes tend to be so large.Having a big bowl of pho arrive to your table is certainly impressive, just add sauces as you please and eat away. There’s plenty of flavour lurking in that soup, even if it doesn’t look it. The beef was tender, there’s a bite of spring onion and plenty of noodle. Mr Cyclo delivered on a clear, quick and tasty meal! Be sure to hit the follow button …

Dead Man Espresso / South Melbourne

On a recommendation by a local we decided to check out Dead Man Espresso, one of the many cool cafe venues in South Melbourne. You’ll find it down the city end, on Market Street off Clarendon Street, the main artery for cool things in this vibrant inner city suburb! The cafe was airy and well lit, a mix of wood, plant and metal architecture and a collection of macabre weaponry printed on the door. We arrived after eight on a Friday and it was pleasantly quiet, but it didn’t take long before the cafe was buzzing with diners and others getting their caffeine fix to go.  Dead Man Espresso use their own blend of coffee and the know how to extract the flavour from their brew, resulting in a coffee that is both distinct and immediate in its flavour. Turning your morning coffee into an experience to savour.  We started with the Campers Breakfast, Dead Man Espresso’s take on a traditional big breakfast. All the favourites were there, bacon, egg, tomato, mushroom, sourdough toast and …

Bibelot / South Melbourne

   If you enjoyed our post on Chez Dre, you’re in for a treat with Bibelot! It’s the hottest new food venue in South Melbourne, taking all of Chez Dre’s wonderful patisserie, chocolate and abundant style to a unique location. It sits facing onto Coventry Street and just in front of Chez Dre’s iconic laneway location, near the South Melbourne markets.   There’s plenty of cakes on offer and I was fortunate to be able try some of their decadent treats to help me make up my mind.  I can say that all were completely delicious but it was the first bite of hazelnut praline crunch that really won me over. It was delicate but rich, smooth and creamy with a contrasting crunch. The presentation was immaculate, and it not only captured the nostalgia for chocolate crackles everyone loved as children, but brought it to a whole different league flavour-wise as well!    My prize made it all the way back to the office, a little worse for wear but relatively unharmed. Fortunately, I knew I was carrying …

Chez Dre / South Melbourne

South Melbourne is a bit of a foodie haven, but there’s many places you won’t necessarily find unless you’re looking for them. Like St Alis, Chez Dre is in an alley way, come in from one side and you can go through their courtyard, from another laneway you can enter directly to the cafe. You’ll find plenty of people enjoying the sunshine over a weekend, outside tables were scarce so we continued inside.  It’s impossible not to be immediately drawn to the expansive patisserie. There’s so much colour and shine and delicious things that you can see each new person entering drifting towards it without realising, children were doing what the rest of us surely wished we could, mouths open and face pressed up against the glass to get a better view. When we were able to drag ourselves away we went further around the corner to one of the last tables free.    Despite being full, this is a cafe that has a feeling of freedom and spaciousness. There’s high ceilings, ample walkways and …

St Ali / South Melbourne

St Ali is one of those cool back alley places that you need to know about or you’ll never find it. I was fortunate to have Melbournians inform me of this converted warehouse is South Melbourne, but needed a refresher to know where to find it when I decided to visit. The outside is plain white, no signage with plenty of bikes out the front. You’ll find it down Yarra Place, turn right down Coventry St off Clarendon and a left on Yarra Place and stop when you smell the coffee. Don’t worry I walked passed it first time too, St Ali is all about the coffee. They live and breathe it and their coffee machine takes pride of place in the cafe. The rustic interior has been left as is, a charming example of the hipster sheek cafes try so hard to cultivate. The cafe was busy, especially for a weekday morning and we were lucky to get a seat on a communal table. The warehouse is large but there’s plenty of tables and …

Kettle Black / South Melbourne

Melbourne is a truly beautiful place, a mix of old and new and Kettle Black captures this perfectly in their premises. Their building is quintessential Melbourne, a beautiful terrace in gorgeous whites, nestled under modern office structures. The cafe seems perpetually busy and getting a table was difficult. It’s not surprising given multiple people have recommended Kettle Black, but the staff were efficient which made the wait more bearable. They also were quick to move us when a better table became available which we were grateful for. The inside of the cafe was comfortable, light and airy, exactly as its exterior suggested. The menu was full of delicious and interesting dishes and it was hard to choose between them. We started with lattes. Out coffee was smooth and creamy but not overly strong, it was served at a good drinking temperature for dine-in coffee. Our first meal was the aerated eggs benedict, or as we call it, the eggs Cumberbatch. We’re not sure if anyone else calls it that, but we are certain it would …