This area of Mount Alexander Road is one of those 'areas'. By that I mean you're on your own in these uncharted waters of cafes and restaurants. To simplify my chicanery, if you didn't know about White Coffee already, you now have a reason to get off the 59 tram and stop in for a sip and a bite.
The temperature is the first thing I noticed, nice and hot - the hotter the espresso the better the flavour. The crema was dark and caramel in colour with a silky consistency. This is not a single origin or a painstakingly created house blend, but it is a strong and smooth drop of nectar. The chocolate freckle with the espresso was an aesthetically pleasing contrast.
Chicken Schnitzel with Salad in a Roll. Chicken schnitzel. Tomato. Salad. Mayo. Look, I've had a lot of chicken schnitzel rolls and sandwiches in my 26 years of life, this roll of art is up there. The perfect combination of mayo and salad, the tomato, the hot schnitzel, I won't go on any more but I will say this, this is up there with the schnitzels available from Choix Creperie. Want to know what made this even better? $7 for something you'd usually pay much more for.
Pencils and paper for the kids is tastefully available. By tastefully I mean it's neat and tidy and isn't the overbearing feature of the cafe - you know how sometimes that can happen, and don't act like you don't know what I'm talking about.
Different varieties of T2, cakes, muffins, water, fruit, jam and toast. The menu is small and home cooked. Home cooked is the key word here. Don't go expecting 23 breakfast items and 16 lunch items with 12 drinks and 8 different styles of coffee printed on white paper, laminated and presented to you on a clipboard (haha, don't you love my humour?). The layout insists upon the 'home-cooked' nature and feel of the cafe, therefore the menu is narrowed and focused on a few items.
Super clean layout and super polite staff. Sit at the tables at the front of the shop, the court yard, or the dining room which is sort of like a retreat from everything. A retreat. This place is sort of a retreat from everything - busy road, not too many people know about it yet, escape and read a book.