Melbourne weather is always so unpredictable, one minute it's hot, the next it's cold. "In a Rush Expresso" was a wonderful find, out of the wind but still has the feel of being outside, with the natural light filter through the place. Suitable for all seasons no matter what the weather is.
Like so much of Federation Square it has a special feel that isn't lost in spite of its incorporation into a much bigger venue. The notion of soup always reminds me of the old Oliver Twist movie where the young boy holds out his bowl to ask for "more please".
Well I can confidently say that the soups here taste nothing like gruel, each one having a very distinctive flavour that warms the coddles of your heart. The serving sizes are very generous so you're not left wanting more as Oliver was.
I think the idea is that you can buy coffee or soup on the run and take it with you, but as a weekend visitor to the city I enjoyed sitting down and eating off the china and watching the people going past. If soup isn't your thing then you must try the coffee - in my humble opinion it's not bad at all.
Comments on the menu - You order from what you can see at the counter, and the staff are happy to explain and/recommend the soups for you.
Booking - not necessary, and I don't even think it's even possible
Getting there - very central to all public transport. It's in the Atrium which is down the escalators at the back of Ferderation Square, near the front of The Ian Potter Centre: NGV Australia
Parking - parking is available nearby but at a cost
Disabled Access Assessment -
Ramp access - excellent
Disabled toilets - available as part of the larger Ferderation Square complex
Aisle access/width (1 metre) to allow ease of movement - excellent