It’s not always possible to be in the hip part of Melb where cafe houses are abundant and the coffee delights sublime. There is of course the category of ‘that place near by’ that by all accounts does a great job in servicing those of us more that 5km out of the CBD. Tucked in Brenford square is Culinaria a cafe bar that does a damn fine job in delivering across my favorite items. fast and friendly service, a decent coffee, made as I asked, and a place to pop my laptop open. They do Beraldo which is a solid performer in the cafe roaster league.
January 22, 2013
April 11, 2012
The uncharted territory for MCR is the northern and western suburbs. The last few years there has been a frenzy of cafe developments including coffee dens, and local kitchen type cafe. Fine and Dandy Foodstuffs would be my personal kitchen if I lived near by. The aroma of fresh cooked food wafts over me as I type and tuck into my long macchiato. The serve The Maling Room, from our three times Top 100 winner.
The team here is friendly, attentive and the PBS music wafts over the place like a favorite blanket. If you are anywhere near by, lucky you, if not, jump in your car and make you way here. say hi to Sue and the girls.
February 17, 2012
Ootong is a chinese warrior, Lincoln is the nickname of the husband of the owner. What these two have in common, and why they are used as the name of this café remains a mystery. What is not a mystery is how this relatively new café in the burgeoning South Terrace coffee strip has burst onto the scene, ironed out a few wrinkles and continues to improve on a weekly basis. The coffee is, surprise, surprise Fiori, the staff are very friendly and the service is improving all the time. The décor is eclectic, with recycled 50s tables and chairs and bikes hung around the walls. The food is cooked on the premises and is delicious with a wide range of gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options.
Most importantly, the coffee is top notch, which it needs to be on this increasingly popular café strip. Strong, creamy and without the bitter burnt coffee aftertaste that taints many lesser cafes. This is definitely becoming a worthwhile place to visit. One bean.
February 13, 2012
One of my pet topics is cafes as work spaces. Of course it’s my own experiences in using cafes as my office that compels me to talk about this but it’s true. I type this in the beautiful Velvet Bar Café in Bay Street of the beloved Port Melbourne, scene of everything Melbourne including a few underbelly hits. I like this place because it’s exactly the workspace that is inviting for people in my situation, including a few powerpoints and internet access. Whether it’s by accident or design but Georgia’s team here glide through the café delivering great coffee and picking up after us without interrupting the business deals going on. All that’s missing is a printer and maybe a bigger screen to use.