The back streets of industrial South Melbourne are not the first place you'd expect to find a great cafe. Then again, this is Melbourne and back street out of the way cafes are something we have come to expect and are used to.
Wooden benches around the inside perimeter of the cafe with windows all the way around. Milk chocolate brown espresso cups and amber water bottles punctuate the benches. Three or four smiling faces help the place glide along and make the food and coffee taste good.
Their food menu is familiar yet refurbished. They have your typical breakfast favourites with clean twists and fresh variations. Their lunch menu had me at hello: Hot "dawgs" and burgers, salads too.
Espresso. Coffee supreme I loved the marbled crema, the pattern was mysterious and made me think of layers, which is interesting seeing as this the coffee is a blend. The flavours were light at first, with a very delicate oiliness too. Next the flavour came. Roasted caramels with a few toasted aromas.
New Lots Dawg. The taste - amazing. Coleslaw, mustard and on a Turkish bun. The presentation was excellent. Clean and uncomplicated. When I thought about how this was presented, with the way it tasted, and the kind of meal it is (a gourmet hot dog), it made me think of something rough and wholesome, doing something soft and delicate, sort of like a a bricklayer painting egg shells for the local primary school.