The whole place gave me the feeling I was in a vintage movie, particularly with the funky 40's music softly playing in the background. A cosy little cafe that is tucked away from the main traffic in St Kilda, Kotch Lane Café is my new hide-away haven.
Kotch Lane exudes a relaxed and personal vibe. It was my first time there, but I already felt like it was my very own private spot. The café contains an eclectic mix of odds and ends, including an old church pew and a stepladder. Dear little wooden tables and chairs on the outside almost look like they were made for the seven dwarves in Snow White.
Not feeling like a coffee buzz, I scanned the board for their other options. House chai, organic hot chocolate, dandelion soy… hold the phone, dandelion soy? Yes you read correctly. Although many people think dandelion is a weed that grows in the garden, the root can actually be dried and ground into a delicious brew that I had as a Latte at Kotch Lane.
I chose to go with cow's milk instead of soy (Never did bond to that bean milk) and I was pleasantly surprised by the nutty flavour of the dandelion. It is far milder than the powerful taste of coffee, but well worth a try. Kotch Lane use Rosso Organic Coffee. My husband's cappuccino was heaven in a cup and I confess I snuck a few sips (a little sip never hurt anyone).
Kotch Lane offer a delicious selection of breakfast and lunch dishes, along with plenty of gluten-free options.
The soup I ordered was warm and hearty on that chilling Melbourne day and the soft, pesto smeared bread it was served with, was sweet and crusty the way all fresh bread should be. From their countertop home, fresh sausage rolls and muffins tempt unsuspecting customers to go for seconds.
I realised at some stage during my visit, that I had unconsciously renamed Kotch Lane as 'One Bedroom Café'. This is because the café space is literally about the size of a bedroom. It is probably one of the tiniest sit-in cafes I have been to, but I also gave it this title just because it has that comfortable, homely vibe that most people try to give a space that is their own.
In the hour I was there, it was plain to see that numerous locals call this little place home as well and I saw such an interesting mix of people come and go. The important business men gliding in for their afternoon coffee fix.
The troubled teen attached to their cell phone.
The mother on her midday walk proudly pushing her baby and pram.
And the street man and his dog, just after a quiet cup of Joe…