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Central Business District
0.2 km from SEA LIFE Melbourne Aquarium
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
CUISINES
Cafe, Australian
FEATURES
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 29 January 2024

Service was rushed and in a couple of cases, rude. Coffee was weak, lacking flavour and only just warm. Space was cramped. Food was underwhelming and expensive, Out of 4 of us who adore food, no one enjoyed their breakfast. Staff cleared barely touched meals...without question.Quite a let-down after the reviews.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 27 January 2024 via mobile

We often stay in the apartments across the lane. As a couple in our ‘50’s whom are well travelled, I don’t buy into the hype of the “in” place. So I wasn’t keen to line up for 40 minutes at breakfast. On our third day,...husband went down to line up when we weren’t in a rush and he got straight in! We had been underwhelmed last time we were here. This time the service was better, coffee hotter and meal brought quickly. We had the muesli which I found to be very French, and a little rich and sweet for my palette. It was beautifully presented and a generous serve. I do love French food, but it can be a little rich in the mornings for me. Not a huge restaurant so leave the prams and big bags outside.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 15 January 2024 via mobile

Great experience, food is really great and coffee is just amazing. 100% recommended, great for having a good breakfast at a reasonable price

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 6 January 2024 via mobile

Staff were lovely and the breakfast menu options a refreshing change. The souffle was delicious and my wife loved her sourdough fruit toast.

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 1 January 2024 via mobile

Wouldn’t bother with the smaller site, it’s dark and wildly cramped. Food was tasty but nothing beyond other brunch establishments in the city for same price. Felt like I totally missed the hype!

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 30 December 2023

Unbelievable brunch spread! Amazing concoctions. Great atmosphere. Unique! Often a queue outside where they bring you hot drinks

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 27 December 2023 via mobile

We found this delightful cafe in central Melbourne for a Sunday brunch. Located in a lane way, it had a great Melbourne vibe. The meals were fantastic and their version of scrambled eggs was hard to refuse. The coffee was very good. We enjoyed dining...outside which seemed to enhance the experience.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 8 December 2023 via mobile

We visited their outlet at Katherine Street twice for breakfast! Attentive service staff, good choices of food, great coffee, and, of course, awesome delicious food. Ambience is also cozy to enjoy a comfortable meal. Will definitely go back if I visit Melbourne again!

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 25 November 2023

Usual high standard with top notch service, delicious food and coffee. We also were able to look their book to see history of cafe both in Australia & globally

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 5 November 2023 via mobile

Lovely friendly greeting, quirky modern and cosy atmosphere and the most friendly and knowledgeable staff we have ever come across. As it was our first visit our waiter took the time to ask about our food preferences and then explained the entire menu to us....It was without doubt one of the most memorable breakfasts we have ever had. Quite simply it was amazing.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 15 October 2023 via mobile

Well worth a visit for brunch. Attention to detail in presentation of food is amazing. Food delicious and service efficient but attentive. It is a very popular place but you can’t book. Walk ins only.but despite being busy we did not have to wait and...were seated and served promptly.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 23 September 2023 via mobile

The service is very friendly and quick, even on the weekend when they were busy. I ordered the scramble eggs with sourdough and prosciutto. AMAZING! Highly recommend!

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 7 September 2023

Best brunch I have ever had. Staff super friendly, coffee to die for. Such a great venue and the prices are what you would expect for a Cafe of this quality.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 29 August 2023 via mobile

Amazing food and great atmosphere. Had to wait 20 minutes as we didn’t have a reservation but worth the wait. Friendly, helpful staff and the food was great.

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 30 July 2023 via mobile

A wonderful surprise. The food was outstanding. The fried eggs were the best I’ve had outside of my own kitchen. The presentation phenomenal and the assortment of unique dishes amazing. Go. Run if you can. My hometown needs one but I don’t think I could...keep it afloat on my own.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Yes the brioche is cooled in a seperate clean pan
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