Since its establishment in 2013, Tall Timber has well and truly secured its position as one of Melbourne’s most popular cafés. Located in a relatively quiet area of Prahan, the space is large and rustic, with a fantastic courtyard to bask in the sun during the warmer months. Boasting a seasonal menu that includes both breakfast classics and a selection of more wholesome options for the health-conscious, it’s the perfect destination for a lazy Sunday brunch.
It was raining and absolutely freezing on the first day that K and I decided to visit, but we braved the line and managed to score ourselves a seat in around 20 minutes. A few hot chocolates were the perfect cure to the bitter cold and we settled in to ride out the weather.
In Melbourne where amazing food can be found at every street corner, it’s hard to stand out as a budding restaurant or café. The newly opened Horse on Heels has certainly done that for me, with their thematic menu based entirely on variations of waffles, both savoury and sweet. Located on an inconspicuous side street in Fitzroy, its minimalistic décor and spacious outside courtyard is perfect for enjoying some freshly-made waffles on the weekend.
There are some nights when the cravings for fried chicken are just too strong to resist, but instead of settling for my local KFC, we popped into Belle’s for some freshly fried, Southern-style chicken. The Richmond branch is relatively new but just as good as the original, offering your favourite cut of chicken with a choice of spice (Southern to Reall F**kin Hot). If chicken isn’t your cup of tea, there’re also fish and vegetarian options. Add some sides, a sauce and a bottle of beer, and it’s the perfect combination for a fun Friday night with friends.
If you’re looking for a quick feed and cheap feed in the city, Don Don is the place to go. A lunchtime favourite amongst city workers, it’s always very busy with a long line, but don’t let that deter you. The service is lighting fast and there’s a very high turnover – I had barely finished paying for the order before receiving my food. The serving sizes are generous and every item is below the $10 mark, cheaper than anywhere else I’ve seen in Melbourne.
I don’t often head St Kilda way, so on a rare day off, K and I made the trip to enjoy a lovely lunch at Dr Jekyll. Brightly lit and spacious, the venue is a hybrid of café and restaurant, with a full dinner menu on offer as well as the classic breakfast options.
Our waitress was lovely and introduced us to the Golden Latte, an interesting and new (at least to us!) drink made with a blend of turmeric and other spices. It’s purported to have pro-immunity, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative qualities.