From the team behind Kettle Black and Top Paddock, Melbourne's long-awaited new venue has finally opened; Higher Ground.
Located on the corner of Little Bourke Street and Spencer Street, just a short walk from Southern Cross Station, the owners have converted the heritage-listed 19th-century powerhouse into the perfect venue for a coffee date, meal or evening drink. Not really a cafe, nor a restaurant, but something in between, it's the ideal spot for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
The impressively large contemporary space brimming with natural greenery and plant life is spread over three mezzanine levels, with soaring ceilings, flooded with natural light through the long arched windows. There's a large bar and dining seating downstairs and a smaller bar surrounded by a lounge area with armchairs and sofas upstairs, both levels great spots to socialise, have a drink, and enjoy a meal at any time of day.
The menu is slightly pricey but the food is well worth the price. The breakfast menu offers variety from quinoa and seed bircher with fresh fruit, almond yogurt and a rosella hibiscus syrup, or ricotta hotcakes with maple syrup, seeds and grains, cream, seasonal fruit and flowers, to spiced cauliflower and scrambled eggs with curry leaf, roasted chilli on housemade flat bread or a minced lamb fry up with eggplant, fried eggs, pomegrante, smoked yogurt and dukkah.
The evening menu boasts a wide range of meats, including kingfish, beef tartare, lamb ribs and chicken, along with plenty of vegetable dishes, such as the charred and salted brussels sprout, or pickled melon. There are also fresh pastry options stocked from Tivoli Road Bakery, and Higher Ground's coffee is roasted at Square One coffee roasters. Alcohol is also offered all day, with a range of cocktails even on the breakfast menu.
Open Mon - Fri 7am - 4pm, Weekends and public holidays 8am - 4pm, Thurs - Sat nights open until 11pm.