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.
So magic, I had two cups.
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.
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.
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.
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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.