Upon entering Tyranny of a Distance, you may feel as though you have stumbled into a pirate tavern or somewhere out of Gulliver's Travels. The whole place has a very adventurous feel to it and gave me the sensation I was on a ship of old, off to circumnavigate the globe.
The crew at Tyranny of Distance have gone to great lengths in bringing to life the Reduce Reuse Recycle motto. Old, decommissioned gas cylinders have been used throughout the café as decorative features, lighting covers and plant containers.
Look closer and you'll also see empty jerry cans strapped to the roof, rusty toolboxes with succulents stemming from within them and reused tin cans containing sugar. The funky vintage décor can be attributed to the owners, who commissioned a number of Melbourne artists to design the café.
Tyranny of Distance serves Toby's Estate coffee, which is a pleasant and mild blend. The menu options are unique dishes that contain properties reminiscent of traditional style cooking as well. So you are safe trying something different, as the combined flavours are not too exotic and will appeal to a variety of palates. Simply put, you can be a little more adventurous with your order without worrying you will end up spending the duration of your meal pushing food around your plate and wondering how far the nearest McDonalds is.
Spanish style baked eggs are a hearty offering complete with chorizo, roasted capsicum, smoked paprika, tomato compote and sweet onion. The freshly baked flat bread it's served with (a Tyranny specialty) is still toasty warm when you get it and is perfect for mopping up every trace of the delicious remnants.
Another purchase you won't regret is the Tyranny potato rosti stack. Piled sky high with baby spinach, bacon, avocado and soft poached eggs, it is also a winning dish that won't disappoint and will fill you to the brim.
Spray art embellishments can be spotted in various parts of the establishment and add a creatively vivid setting for your dining experience. Complete with friendly and much obliging staff, there is little you will not adore at Tyranny of Distance.