There is a question inherent in the name of this blossoming Prahran café – and Weekend Notes is answering it (with a smile of satisfied repletion). Opening a little over a year ago, in a converted terrace house, amidst a row of similar quaint abodes just behind the Cato car park, Is It Café has now established itself as a go-to haven for Prahran's social locals.
Enjoy a freshly made smoothie, coffee or hot chocolate.
Having just put the extra polish on the menu last week, owners Jacqui and Dave are creating their own niche in a suburb bustling with strong competition by providing a wider range of lunch options, including fish dishes and hand-rolled pasta, and with a focus on local produce and home made specialties. Regulars will still find their favourites on offer too – the Shakshuka (Middle Eastern style baked eggs) is still in high demand, as well as Is It's own fresh brownies and caramel slice.
With an aim to be produce driven, Is It demonstrates strong support for Victorian growers and industry, sourcing everything they can from local areas, including their new wine list, and making their own jam, chutney and granola on the premises. "Our aim is to deliver beyond [the consumer's] expectations of café style food," Jacqui told Weekend Notes, adding that she and Dave are proud of what they have achieved so far, and excited about the positive direction of the café's future.
Relax in the private courtyard or make yourself at home inside.
And well they should be. For while their eggs may be perfectly poached, their prices reasonable and the venue cleverly refurbished, Is It ticks the other box that can make or break a café when it comes to return trade – customer service. With friendly staff trained to know the ins and outs of the menu and wine list, and a new kitchen designed to satisfy hungry patrons quicker, Is It positions itself as an establishment where the clientèle is a real priority.
Interesting and different. I havent been to Chapel St and the surrounds for sometime.
By Jody Kimber - senior reviewer Wednesday, 10th of August @ 10:04 am
This looks like quite an interesting place, and sounds good too. I absolutely love that fake grass on the walls! Adds a very quirky factor to the place. There also isn't much more needed to get me to a cafe then hearing that they do perfectly poached eggs. Sounds delish.