The Vertue of the Coffee Drink

8 Raffa Pl
Carlton, VIC 3053
03 8060 6987
Website

Thought of doing something a little scaled-down with this post, making it more a photo-series than a blow-by-blow blog review.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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pork ham hock, black pudding, shiitake mushrooms, mizuna, bacon jam, toasted brioche

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with charred asparagus, preserved cherry tomato & basil salad, shaved parmesan, poached eggs

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pork meatballs, brioche roll, napoli, provolone, jalapeños, pancetta, sage, with apple slaw & beer battered onion rings

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smoked pork belly, pig skin cracker, piccalilli mayonnaise, onion marmalade, brioche soldiers

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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.

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