St Ali, Melbourne

Brunch is as essential as any meal of the day in Melbourne and these Melbourne peeps take brunch seriously. As breakfast is coincidentally my favorite meal of the day, Foodyphile hunted Melbourne’s most popular local haunts, St Ali. It has received countless praises, accounting for the queue you would see outside this warehouse-turned-cafe-by-day.

While waiting, there is also a photography gallery just opposite it with photographs of The Rolling Stone. Kill time while you wait in anticipation!

The staff is a friendly bunch here. As the house was packed that day, we were given outdoor seats. They were thoughtful to give us caps and hats as the sun was glaring bright into our eyes.

Single Origin Latte

Their famous Single Origin brew! It was creamy and smooth with little bitter taste. I must say the coffee sadly did not live to the hype.  I actually thought it lacked the depth of flavor and came across as flat to me.

Soy Chai Latte

Nice touch to the little milk pan. The Soy Chai Latte was  fragrant with spices and slight hint of earthy soy.

Regina Fungi

Regina Fungi- slow baked swiss brown mushrooms, rocket, marinated fetta, poached eggs, toasted sourdough and balsamic reduction. Ooooh I like this. I am particularly partial to mushrooms and the poached eggs are perfect! The let down was the balsamic reduction, it was reminiscent to Indonesian kecap manis (sweet soya sauce).

My Mexican Cousin

My Mexican Cousin- corn fritters, baby spinach, haloumi and kasundi with poached eggs. This interesting combination works surprisingly well. Crispy corn fritters with fluffy insides, soak it with those runny egg yolks and green spinach. Again, I cant possibly fault the perfectly cooked poached eggs.

Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel- french toast with berry and rhubarb compote, served with a quenelle of labna and lemon curd. Think all french toasts are sickeningly sweet? Think again. This french toast was extremely sour that I could not help but squint after swallowing. I asked for maple syrup to alleviate the sourness, only to be informed they have no maple syrup. Nevertheless, Foodyphile loves the lemon curd!

St Ali is the kind of cafe you bring tourists/ out-of-towners like myself to introduce them to Melbourne brunch places. Other favorite brunch places include Cumulus.Inc or Coin Laundry Cafe
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4 Responses to “St Ali, Melbourne”
  1. sugarpuffi says:

    i dont think coco chanel would approve of the many calories hidden in the dessert…but who cares, it tastes great, right? 😀

  2. nyotista says:

    i love st ali’s coffee! they have one of the nicest blends in melbourne. next time you visit, do try their Childhood Memory dish- delicious to say the least 🙂

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