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Animal Orchestra Cafe

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Published March 1st 2014
A symphony of delicious tastes
Just down the road from the University of Melbourne, Animal Orchestra is a favourite student haunt, with its indie atmosphere, filling fare and low prices.

The menu is quite extensive and includes breakfast dishes and panini as well as more substantial meals. It's best to go for the daily specials for some of the more interesting meals at value prices.

The first time I went there, I ordered hearty chicken soup. It slightly resembled vomit, but it smelled and tasted delicious, just the thing to fight off a bad cold. Best of all, there was only the briefest of waits in between ordering and it being delivered to my table.

animal orchestra chicken soup
Chicken soup from Animal Orchestra.


On another occasion, I ordered a vegetarian pizza. It was like a cross between a bakery pizza roll and a genuine pizza, and combined the best points from both. Like a real pizza, it was packed with ingredients, slightly oily, and flavoursome. Yet, just like a pizza roll, it could easily be demolished by one person and without much guilt.

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Vegetarian pizza from Animal Orchestra.


The interior of Animal Orchestra is worth noticing. The shop front looks cute enough from the outside, but on the inside it is a tiny wonderland of vintage advertising, mirrors, and provocative pictures residing on the same wall as religious images.

animal orchestra mirrors
Interior of Animal Orchestra


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Why? For their general deliciousness.
When: 7:30am - 10pm Monday to Friday, 8:00am - 10pm Saturday.
Phone: 9349 4944
Where: 163 Grattan St, Carlton 3053.
Cost: About $10 - $12 for a meal.
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