When i mentioned how crazy my friend was about his coffee, i wasn't kidding. We woke up at 10.30am on Sunday and had 2 hours to spare before our lunch at Maze Grill and guess what? We decided to head down to St Ali, to get ourselves a dose of caffeine (while i was hoping to catch a bite too).
It is amazing how in the middle of South Melbourne where it is dominated by closed shop lots (since it was a Sunday morning), sits St Ali. Housed in what looks like a small warehouse, this place was packed to the brim and with the waiting list for a seat as long as an A4 paper, it looked like we won't be having the bite unless we wanted to miss lunch.
So we decided to pack a double ristretto flat white and walked back to Crown, I with a defeated face while my friend was happily sipping on his coffee. Just a tip for you, so you don't look too lost, to order a takeaway coffee, go inside the cafe, order and pay. With a docket, you walk to opposite shop where you will see a mobile coffee stand that will make your coffee for you.
That morning brew was on the lighter side, almost fruity and slightly acidic, although you would need to swirl the coffee in your mouth like wine to taste those light notes. Otherwise it did not help that i was used to a heavier blend with a stronger roast aftertaste.
Meanwhile, my other friend quietly gulped it all down and said "Isn't just like the other one we had that day?" So much for a non coffee drinker.
Address and contact details:
18 Yarra Pl
Tel: 03- 96862990
Verdict: Not much of a verdict, can't really judge from a takeaway coffee when all i could see were plates of scrumptious breakfast escaping the grasp of my hands. Although i didn't like the blend they used in the morning, so solely on that, it was only a 3 star out of 5 star but from what i hear their reputation is far beyond that rating.