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Il Melograno Cafe and Gelateria

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Published March 11th 2015
There's a new gelato hotspot on High St and it's producing a bit of a gelato Renaissance. It's not your flashy and hip hangout, but it's reminiscent of a classic and rustic gelateria.

Il Melograno
Reading the menu outside

Il Melograno is your warm and family-friendly Italian cafe. You can head in for some brunch in the morning or some gelato in the evening - or you could have gelato for breakfast if that's what you prefer. They serve lunch until 3pm as the kitchen is busy stocking up gelato in the afternoons.

Il Melograno
A large space

You can have some classics for brunch such as baked eggs or their varying Italian specials, that seem to be highly recommended as authentic. It's unfortunate that they don't do dinner as well but we were happy with our gelato and coffee choices in the evening.

Il Melograno
The menu board

You can also still grab a coffee until late and I was fascinated to try their ricci method coffee - artisan wood roasted coffee. They even had a ricci method coffee gelato, one on a long list of flavours on their black board.

Il Melograno
The specials

All the flavours sounded so good - some were classics but with a twist. There were also quite a few drinks on offer and also granitas. We had to look at the menu on the window outside though for drinks, so I feel the staff could have taken a bit of initiative to ask if we needed any help.

Il Melograno
Our gelato in edible cups

They did bring us water though as we seated our selves and pondered over what to choose. I ended up with a ricci method coffee gelato and one of the specials - strawberry mint sorbet. My sister decided to have the coconut and dutch chocolate. We chose to have it in cups, and it just happens their cups are like mini cones and edible!

Il Melograno
Our rustic table

The chocolate was very rich and well, I don't like coconut, but it definitely tasted like that! My favourite would have to be the strawberry and mint, just a perfect combination for a sorbet and to refresh you on a warmer night. The ricci method gelato also had a prominent coffee bean flavour and turned out to be my sister's favourite.

Il Melograno
Cold drip coffee

My curiosity led me to try their cold drip coffee, which was similarly strong but that's why it's nice to have a small amount over ice. It was a lovely accompaniment to my gelato and definitely different, a rare new taste sensation from my usual lattes. I also loved the cup used for the hot chocolate, with the liquid in an inner cylinder to ensure the outside of the glass is not hot.

Il Melograno
Cold drip coffee and a hot chocolate

They keep their gelato in pozzetti, airtight chambers covered by a lid, to ensure their gelato's flavour does not disintegrate. As they don't use preservatives, their gelato needs to be stored in this way.

Il Melograno
Plenty of gelato and more

They also have many more bites here and there such as muffins, tarts, cakes and ice-creams on sticks that look deliciously tempting for next time!

Il Melograno
Counter display

The wooden features of its decor and tall ceiling ensures a classic and relaxed feeling. I saw many regulars and families head into the store, making it busy for a Friday night and providing a great community feel.

Il Melograno
Icecreams and cakes

If you're on this end of town and you're after some coffee and dessert, this is the perfect place. Try some unique wood-roasted coffee or one of their many flavours and you'll be planning your next visit soon after. I know I'll be back at some point to try some of their brunch and lunch menu!
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Why? To try some classic gelato with a twist and unique wood-roasted coffee
When: Tue to Sun 11am–10.30pm
Phone: (03) 9482 2092
Where: 76 High St, Northcote
Cost: $3-$20
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