51 Bourke Street, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
The Mess Hall is a modern Italian cafe exuding raw funkiness. Many of the original fittings have been retained, while the furniture affords an almost Tuscan feel, with earthy colours and rustic woods. It’s a great spot to relax and watch the world go by.
The menu is very Italian, but with a modern take. The light and crisp Whitebait Fries, just like the decor, offer an ingenuous mix of old and new.
The espresso is presented in a simple but chunky demitasse, and a rich brown crema licks up the sides. With a flowery aroma, the espresso has a very strong front palate, matched by its acidity. It falls away from there to almost no rear palate at all and a short finish. A sharp shot indeed — almost overpowering.
The latte comes with an expertly formed rosetta. Even through the milk, the acidity shines. Fortunately, the finish is rounded by the milk, providing a more mellow experience.
+613 9654 6800
mon - fri: 7am - 5pm sat - sun: 8am - 10pm