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But I had no idea that Di Bella Coffee was a place where you could also get fantastic food.
As you can see from the photos the food is all fabulously presented.
My daughter had her regular favourite which is a combination of avocado, tomato, chilli & coriander. When it came it looked so beautiful with the perfectly ripe avocados a vivid green tinged with yellow and the bright redness of the tomatoes.
My son in law had the salmon which was cured with coffee. I had a taste and it was amazing.
I had what can only be described as the prettiest omelette I have ever encountered. Bright yellow from the egg yolks threaded with whiskers of beetroot which tinged the whole pink. Then a crowning glory of meticulously thin slices of bread, dried to the consistency of crisps standing upright from the centre.
Coffee was of course great as this is Di Bellas roasting house and there were more than the usual variations including sharp black coffee poured over ice (it was a hot day), and the can you see in one of the photos below which is a caffeine energy drink without bucket loads of sugar. It was a pretty neat alternative to artificial energy drinks and iced coffees.
But as Di Bella coffee has had it fair share of press I really wanted to concentrate on the food. Other items on the menus included baked egg casolouet, Bircher muesli with berry lane, cauliflower and pearl barley salad or how about home-made baked beans, kaiserfleish, black pudding and fried egg with grilled sourdough
Staff were lovely. They seemed relaxed despite the fact the cafe was full and spent the right amount of time having a sociable chat with customers. When I was undecided about whether to indulge in the can of Espresso Kick they told me I could take it home on the house and give it a try. And they didn't even realise I was a reviewer.
Surroundings were fine. This is one of the many garage style eateries springing up around Melbourne in all kinds of back streets. It was a stinking hot day but we were cool under all the fans and the graffitied open roller door at the front let in a pleasant breeze.
I'd go back there tomorrow. So pity it is across town. If you live over North Melbourne way however I definitely suggest you give Di Bella a go. The coffee is good but you can now get Di Bella coffee in lots of places. The food however is exceptional. Perfect for the palate and pleasing to the eye.