After a chilly night paddling on the Yarra River, I head down to Elizabeth Street to search for a warm and inviting dinner, close to a tram stop. The hanging lamps of Old Town White Coffee draw me in, and a polite waitress finds me the last seat near the door.
The restaurant is packed out, and the waitress asks me about the weapon I am harbouring in a black bag - it's a dragonboat paddle and I show her. "I'm cold and very hungry" - she advises to wave her down when I'm ready to order.
What to order? So many great options - mee goreng, kuey teow, laska, rendang beriani or an icecream sandwich! First I order a hot Teh Tarik to warm me up and then a beef kuey teow as I love flat noodles. The vibe is communal and friendly and the service is quick and efficient. So why is this place called Old Town White Coffee?
Apparently white coffee first originated in Ipoh Perak Malaysia. It was brought by the Chinese migrants who came to work in the mines. Roasted coffee beans served with condensed milk. Now I didn't taste Old Town's signature White Coffee, but I will definitely be back to try it out. I love this place, as you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or tea any time of day, and for a writer, being able to eat breakfast any time is essential and sweet relief from the pen. Retreat to Old Town White Coffee - you won't be disappointed.