The Vertue of the Coffee Drink
8 Raffa Pl
Carlton, VIC 3053
03 8060 6987
Thought of doing something a little scaled-down with this post, making it more a photo-series than a blow-by-blow blog review.
Fatbee and I have visited this spot twice in the past months and we liked the bright and tall-ceilinged atmosphere set in a location tucked behind a petrol kiosk right at the busy corner of Elgin and Lygon Streets in Carlton.
They’re also a microroastery, meaning you don’t really see familiar brands of third wave coffees here since they’re striking out as a brand in its own. I found their coffees nicely fragranced with a slight nuttiness at the end of the sip.
Dirty Chai (with a shot of espresso) 4.0
You may also want to sample their dirty chai, served in a Turkish pot… this thick and rich drink seriously packs a punch in the spice department.
Food-wise, the menu’s creative with confident flavours and an unabashed use of brioche breads. While I personally prefer my brunch flavours to be lighter, I still think the dishes were pretty well executed here.
Pancetta Wrapped Terrine 19
pork ham hock, black pudding, shiitake mushrooms, mizuna, bacon jam, toasted brioche
Chickpea Chips 18
with charred asparagus, preserved cherry tomato & basil salad, shaved parmesan, poached eggs
Meatball Sub 18
pork meatballs, brioche roll, napoli, provolone, jalapeños, pancetta, sage, with apple slaw & beer battered onion rings
Scotch Egg 21
smoked pork belly, pig skin cracker, piccalilli mayonnaise, onion marmalade, brioche soldiers
The Vertue of the Coffee Drink feels miles away from Lygon St. I think of it as a most-welcome breath of fresh air close to what’s an otherwise rather touristy stretch in Carlton.