Wednesday, February 1, 2012

St Ali @ South Melbourne

The previous post was all about the search for good coffee on the way to work. 

This post is the start of my adventure in finding a good coffee for the weekend. I mean there is nothing better than a good cup of coffee on a Sunday morning to calm yourself down before dreading to go back to work the next day.

Unlike the weekdays where I have been cafe hopping, the weekends have been slightly more relaxing.

The first stop was St Ali, a place that  most in Melbourne would have heard about. Those who read my blog would know back in my first round of Melbourne life, I had actually popped by here for a light breakfast but the crowd scared us away and we ordered some takeaway coffees instead.

This time around, the queue was much more civilised. However be warned that you will only be seated when everyone has arrived. In our case, we asked for a table for 3 and when the other member of the crew arrived half an hour later, we just asked for another chair.

On the coffee front, St Ali's coffee is exactly what I look for. Order the "magic" which is a double ristretto topped with milk (size is in between a piccolo and a latte). 

However I thought breakfast was a bit of a mix bag.

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So magic, I had two cups.

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My mexican cousin; corn fritters, haloumi, poached eggs, baby spinach and kasundi (tomato relish). On paper, this sounded like the bomb and I almost wanted to order the same as the Wife. However as the food blogger rule declares, thou shall not order same Sadly, the fritters was slightly on the stodgy side. I understand that this is one of the permanent items on the menu.


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The deconstructed bagel is as the name suggests a glorified DIY smoked salmon bagel. Credit though to the colour of the salmon, it looked very vibrant, almost like sashimi. Tastewise, I had no idea because it wasn't my order.


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My order was a mix of beans and chorizo along with a poached egg. I didn't think it really worked, the beans could have done with a longer cooking time and the sauce was too acidic for my liking. However upon checking the menu this morning, it looks like its gone from the menu. 

It looks like regardless of the food, the crowd is still as crazy as ever. The noise level can get slightly uncomfortable inside so if you can, so grab one of the outer tables (but be prepared for the chilly weather). 

However it just looks too busy to pop in for a coffee and a light bite on the weekends unless I go at an obscure time.

Address and contact details:

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Verdict: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars but for the coffee alone, one of the better  ones I had ranging in the 4 stars region.

6 comments:

Michelle Chin said...

I also feel the same about some of the food here. Not all of them particularly wow. I actually prefer the food at three bags full. :D

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

mchin: well i need to go check out 3 bags full!

msihua said...

I saw Auction Rooms!! I think 3 Bags is a bit over rated... la la la! Oh and Dead mans! Love them too!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

msihua: well we did 3 bags over the weekend and i think it was much better than st ali. will go auction room and dead man next!

Jun said...

st ali can be over-rated. and i agree- 3 bags full is better than it. auction room isn't too bad but i think btwn auction room and dead man espresso, the latter has better coffees.

ps: try outpost, sister cafe of st ali. better coffee and food too. gosh, i can go on and on when it comes to coffees in melb! we go for a cuppa when i'm down next!

"Joe" who is constantly craving said...

jun: bring on the names! this should serve me nicely for the next month or so!