St. Ali

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November 21, 2010 by doyouwanttostayforbreakfast

12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne

When I arrived at St. Ali I was prepared for disappointment, I had heard so many good things about St. Ali and how it has the best coffee in Melbourne, great breakfast and friendly staff that it was bound to let me down.

 After my St. Ali experience I am going to finally make the call I’ve never before been prepared to make – St Ali is Melbourne’s best breakfast venue. Or, as Rhymenocerous eloquently said, “Just give it 10s all around mate.”

 You’ll find St. Ali located in a shed hiding down the end of Yarra Place in South Melbourne. St. Ali is industrial chic done just right, with cables and electrical fittings exposed whilst you eat surrounded by coffee machines large and small. St Ali grind their own coffee and you can take home your own St Ali coffee from around the world, Costa Rica, Tanzania, El Salvador and so on.

 Before I tell you about breakfast you should know that you should just pop by for a cake if you are there during the day. The cakes by Phillipa Sibley and Ange Whittaker will keep you coming back for me. I can personally vouch for the deliciousness of the carrot cake.                                

As for breakfast, Joey Broughy and the Rhymenocerous had smoked salmon, artichoke salsa, rocket and poached egg on sourdough. It looked as beautiful as it tasted. Deceptively filling they were unable to be finished by Joey Broughy, a terrible waste of delicious smoked salmon.

 Spanish Cat had My Mexican Cousin which is a secret recipe corn fritters, baby spinach, haloumi and kasundi with poached eggs. The corn fritters were amazing, the kasundi recommended and the poached eggs cooked perfectly.

 I went the Eggs Your Style with house made kasundi, toasted pide and spinach. I chose scrambled and are the best straight up scrambled eggs I have had. The overall winner is still from Three Bags Full – scrambled eggs with feta and herbs, but these were definitely the best scrambled eggs sans extras.

What delighted me the most, and the reason for the unprecedented rating of 10 was the service. Often when places are busy the service falls over, but not at St Ali. We were immediately asked if we would like drinks, our order was taken as soon as we were ready and our food was out in 15 minutes. When we finished there was no bum’s rush or hovering staff trying to get us out, we actually got time to review the surrounds and enjoy our coffees.

 Rhymenocerous wanted me to write a bad review so people wouldn’t catch on, but as I pointed out we are latecomers to this bandwagon, it’s already packed and you will need be put on a waiting list. But I’m telling you it’s worth the wait. Just do it.

And, do we want to stay for breakfast? If I lived in South Melbourne I would go there every week

Ratings (out 0f 10):

  • Overall                10
  • Atmosphere   10
  • Service                10
  • Food                     10
  • Coffee                  10

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