Theres a lot to be said for Melbourne’s brunching scene, as the sheer diversity of cafes never ceases to amaze me. This weeks review brings us to St Ali, in South Melbourne.
Catching up with a friend on a drizzly Sunday morning, expectedly, the cafe was booming. This is my second time visiting, and the cafe’s interior and design really impressed me – rustic and somewhat eclectic…..I feel it truly personifies Melbourne’s brunching scene.
Thankfully, we snagged a table in the side room away from the hustle and bustle of the main dining area.
Green Energy – Raw green buckwheat porridge, bee pollen, banana, activated almonds, almond milk, chia, spinach, wheat grass powder, pear & mulberries $15.
WOW. Would you look at that emerald GREEN – it kinda looks like soup actually. Ah well, it tasted wonderful – smooth, velvety, with a lovely balance of textures and flavours. I’m not sure if porridge is an accurate description, as it was similar to some sort of smoothie based concoction, but hey, it was a healthier option, and free of refined sugar, gluten and dairy for those with certain intolerances.
I thought the service was mixed. We had a couple of people waiting on us, and while one of our servers was friendly, we couldn’t help but feel hurried towards the end, especially when we were given our bill without even asking for it. I understand that its a busy cafe during their peak trading time, but it certainly didn’t add the overall experience. Feeling rushed, especially on a Sunday morning, is definitely one of my pet peeves 😦
Until next time, happy eats 🙂