A freelance writer currently residing in Melbourne, with a penchant for sugar, spice, and everything nice.
Published August 27th 2012
An apt place for weekend brunch
Some of the best cafes and restaurants around Melbourne are like treasure troves; you need to have a map, some direction, and a desire to search out the best hidden places to indulge in some good food-lovin. Located on a busy road in Melbourne's suburb Alphington, Apte is probably not the most obvious place for a café. And yet there it sits, brimming with life with regular patrons and new faces, eager to try out the dishes on offer.
Apte, an acronym for A Place to Eat, is everything you could ask for in a café. Open spaces, friendly staff, a distant location from the buzzing of other local shops, and an enticing menu that is sure to kick start your hungry tummy. The café offers flexibility, as there is indoor and outdoor seating. In spite of the crowds, especially on busy weekends, the open area outside is probably one of the most beautiful spaces to relax and dine in. There are also reserved parking spaces for dining guests, so you don't have to drive all around searching for a spot.
It's always a perk when a café serves all day breakfast, because what's better than sleeping in on a Saturday morning and still getting to enjoy some lovely eggs benedict? Although the prices are a little on the steep side, the portions are generous, especially the ricotta cakes I ordered.
my Everest of ricotta hot cakes, with poached seasonal fruit, honey & orange infused ricotta
The coffee smells aromatic and tastes great, which is a great pick me up especially if you're in for an early breakfast (or nursing a hangover from the night before). If you're not a coffee lover, there are also a range of other drinks like fresh juices and tea. They even have milkshakes, which would come in handy if your kids are hankering for something sweet.
Apte is not only family-friendly, it's pet-friendly too! The owners put out dishes of water for dogs who stop by to visit, or who come with their respective families. Gotta love an animal friendly cafe.