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St Ali

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Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options
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12-18 Yarra Pl, South Melbourne, Port Phillip, Victoria 3205, Australia
+61 3 9686 2990
07:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 18:00
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50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This place gets very busy - it was a small wait on a Saturday morning for three people. Lots of the tables are large share tables, some seating placements being a little difficult for people to get up to use restrooms or order coffee at the counter. It's difficult to find a good cafe for my partner and I as... More 

Thank Stephanie S
Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Apparently 1 year is a long time in the life of a cafè, for St Ali has lost some of its shine since I last visited. While the staff are friendly and efficient, they are just a little too so.... The espresso was nice enough, though it did not work THAT well solo. Perhaps it goes better in milk........? The... More 

Thank coffeenut64
Brisbane, Australia
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89 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popped in for a quick breaky before work time and I have to say it was prettttty good! Quite inventive and unique. Tasty and lots of flavour. The setting is nice. I really like this place. Coffee a little cool but apparently that's how mebournians like it.

Thank Fluke101
Christchurch, New Zealand
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was so tasty and the coffee amazing! My husband had the lamb brisket and it melted in the mouth. The only thing was the portion size was small so it was definitely quality over quantity. He was still very hungry so that was a little unfortunate. I had the fish and salad and all the flavours were so... More 

Thank Joanne C
San Francisco, California
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Maybe I am spoiled by coffee and baristas in San Francisco, but the coffee here was nothing special and the people quite rude. I came in alone. Was greeting by an uber hip (in her own estimation) young thing. My hipness quotient may have fallen short although the place did not seem crawling with hipness. She seated me at a... More 

Thank chris d
Thames, New Zealand
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This Cafe is the epitomy of what any Cafe should be. Slick, Groovy, Fabulous coffee, Fabulous food, Staff who are interested in their job and customers, a really feel good place to be either by yourself (which I was this time) or with friends.

Thank bite2013
Sydney, Australia
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248 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

St Ali are my new standard for cafe experience. From the great food - try the Koo Koo Ca Cha for a wonderfully created and original breakfast or brunch of poached eggs, hash brown, mushrooms and shaved cheese with greens - to THE BEST coffee in South Melbourne, strong but velvety and smooth. Plus if you really want to power... More 

Thank ptk_from_dy
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

This place is fantastic! Always great coffee and delicious food. Will be back again and again! Great options plus great desserts available. Must try the cold lattes if you haven't already

Thank Stefanie G
Cooroy, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

If you want a perfect coffee, go there.. Never disappoint! Perfection...every time! Those guys know what they are doing.

Thank Maison de Prove... M
Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

St Ali is busy and loud but good food and coffee. Great for a catch up with friends or a meeting with a customer or business associate.

Thank MahoutMal

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 4 - USD 18
Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12-18 Yarra Pl, South Melbourne, Port Phillip, Victoria 3205, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Port Phillip  >  South Melbourne
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9686 2990
Artisanal coffee and inventive brunches in a trendy warehouse space with edgy, distressed decor.

Come with us on a journey through space and time ...

Like the discovery of most commodities, coffee was highly prized, mostly misunderstood and appreciated for its medicinal purposes. We’re talking about the 15th century, here. Fast-forward a few hundred years past the Y2K and you’ll see the beginnings of the ST. ALi Family in South Melbourne in 2005 placing a strong ethos on quality beans and unique brewing methods.

Yes, we take our coffee very seriously- serious enough to be named one of the most pretentious things ever in a Buzzfeed listicle in 2013.

But, that’s not all we’re known for. Head Barista, Matt Perger placed first in the World Coffee & Good Spirits Championship in 2014; Second in the 2013 World Barista Championship for his redial, rethink on filter coffee- a paradigm shift in the category- as well as winning first place in the 2012 World Brewer’s Cup.

Matt Perger and his coffee disciples or boy band counterparts have toured all over the globe starring in pop-up cafes, master classes and merchandise signings.

Now, you’ll find our family has expanded from our warehouse-chic flagship in Yarra Place to Sensory Lab, Clement, Tom Thumb, Plantation and Deadman Espresso.

But that’s not all… Food is pretty damn important too!

We thought that cafe food could be more than just some avocado on toast, and serious coffee deserves serious food.

The early days saw pan-Asian influences from Benjamin Cooper (now at Chin Chin and Kong), dishing up sticky wings, grilled kingfish heads and zingy glass noodle salads next to your plate of poached eggs and corn fritters, ultimately inspiring “ST. ALi Nights,” which John Lethlean described as, “stimulating, thought provoking, and (for me) one of the most successful bits of hospitality-industry lateral thinking Melbourne has seen in quite a while”

Today, we have Executive Chef Andy Gale in charge of the pans. Gale is known for his dishes with punny names, Oxford commas and wizard-like abilities to make offal sought after in a breakfast- clear signs of his British upbringing and culinary path under Pierre Koffmann, Bruce Paul and Gary Rhodes.

With Gale at the helm, food is no second fiddle; he has turned up the heat to create a truly inspired hybrid restaurant-cafe menu, so good that in 2013 he bought home the Best Food prize in The Age Good Cafe awards.

In the next chapter- twenty fifteen and beyond- we will be moving into our new kitchen, turning the food up yet another notch and re-birthing ST. ALi Nights but this time with Gale leading the pack.

Things may be a little left of centre at ST. ALi, but never done by halves.

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