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Butcher 128 Coffee Shop and Eatery

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by TheOnlyFiona (subscribe)
In real life, I do discuss food exactly like how I write in my food review articles. As always my food reviews are scored only on what I've tried and the service expected of that type of establishment.
Published April 8th 2015
Not the butcher shop you were expecting
'Let's go to Butcher 128'. Cue 20 minutes of confusion. Are we going to have lunch or supermarket shopping? The shop facade clearly says butcher but there are people sitting in the window having a coffee. Are butcher shops selling coffee the new hipster thing?

Butcher 128 Facade
Butcher 128 facade


Butcher 128 counter
Butcher 128 counter


The butcher's counter has been converted into a cake counter/kitchen. Tables sit under abattoir lights. Single origin coffee packets line the shelves. Here you can have filtered coffee and read magazines while waiting for your meal.

Abattoir lights
Eat under abattoir lights


The menu concentrates on breakfast and brunch items. The philosophy is apparently from the Maling Room in Canterbury. I chose the Butcher's Breakfast. it consists of a mushroom truffle sauce poached eggs on a roll with bacon. The eggs were best where slicing into the thin egg white released the golden yolk. Mixing it together with the strong truffle sauce and roll made for a very filling lunch. The bacon complimented the dish, however on this occasion it was too salty.

Butcher's Breakfast
Butcher's Breakfast


Bright dining area
the bright dining area


Plant garden bed
plant garden bed


When you have finished devouring your brunch, there is more to explore. The backyard dining area offers a sharp contrast to the butcher shop front. Bright, corrugated metal, wooden, plant gardens and a hidden toilet. The very back of it even boasts a children's garden/playground. Unlike a park playground, this one is more a home playground. There are blackboards, monkey bars, and lots of grass. There's even some inspired advertising. It offers children a sanctuary to play while the adults chat away over their coffees.

Butcher 128 children's playground
The children's playground


Butcher 128 advertisement
Butcher 128's advertisement


Butcher 128 is a surprise. The old architecture is put to a new use. The two vastly different dining areas allow you to set the mood. Your coffee connoisseur friends will love you even more. Whether the kids need to play or you need a conversation changer, the unique setup of Butcher 128 can be used to full advantage.

Experience Summary:

Service 4 stars; service was good.

Atmosphere 5 stars; two very different settings for you to choose

Food 4 stars; brunch is centre stage but coffee lovers will swoon over single origin and filtered coffee

Uniqueness factor sharply contrasting dining environments, single origin and filtered coffee, as well as a children's playground
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When: Tuesday to Friday 7am - 3 pm, Weekend 8am - 4pm
Phone: 93180975
Where: 128 Roberts Street, Yarraville VIC 3013
Your Comment
My problem with this article is the location of the venue isn't mentioned in the article. Yarraville does not come up till the information at the very end. I think it is need to know information and should appear somewhere near the start.
by Icasp (score: 0|6) 1651 days ago
I enjoyed your article. A butchers shop transformed. It's great to see a recycled building. I also enjoyed your experience rating. Would you mind if I borrow that for some of my articles? I will rewrite it of course. Great informative article.
by CassandraJoy (score: 3|1021) 1443 days ago
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