As an avid explorer of cafes and all things culinary, I've recently gone through a phase that I like to call "Café Fatigue". This is where the standard appears to have plateaued and I've started visiting the same places with the feeling that I've been sentenced to a life of smashed avocado and gluten free products. However, I recently visited The Kettle Black cafe and this place rocked my café world and shook me out of my fatigue phase placing me into a food utopia that could be compared to the movie Shawshank Redemption when "Andy" finally reaches the end of the tunnel, raises his arms up into the rainy sky and weeps with joy as he's finally reunited with his freedom; or in my case, reunited the with the Melbourne café scene that I know and love.
On entering The Kettle Black you'll be greeted by a friendly face that will take you to your seat and promptly take a drinks order so that you can be left to browse the food menu and specials list. The coffee is also worth noting as they provide a single origin Ethiopian roast which is lovely and flavoursome with their beans provided by 5 senses. Moving onto the food, you have a really inventive choice of dishes from chilli scrambled eggs with cured wallaby to seasonal mushrooms with goat curd. Or if you really want to mix it up, you could try the ever so decorative soaked muesli or indulge in their hotcakes with blueberries, maple and double cream. Either way, every dish attracts onlookers as they're really well designed, portions are great. Plus, despite the popularity of this place you're never rushed to move on once you're done.
Mixed Beans with home made tomato sauce, Basil, Pesto & Chorizo
The Kettle Black appears to be getting busier by the day and there's also outdoor seating as well as being dog friendly. Plus, if you find yourself waiting for a table or just want a take-away coffee, there's a mobile coffee station set-up on the doorstep to make the whole experience that little bit easier. Given the busy nature of this great place, noise levels need to be considered, and although some background noise is to be expected, it's at a level where you can still sit and read your favourite book without breaking your concentration.
So whether you're wanting to put a bit of excitement into your café experience or just tuck yourself away for a while and read a newspaper over a coffee, The Kettle Black will certainly provide this as it puts a new zest of life into the Melbourne food scene.
Opening hours are 7 days a week, Mon-Fri 7am-4pm & Weekends plus Public Holidays 8am-4pm. Location is South Melbourne and a two minute walk from Domain Interchange Tram Station