9 Yarra Street, South Yarra, VIC, 3141
This cafe is literally an outpost of St Ali, the legendary South Melbourne-based purveyor of fine coffee well known to readers of this guide. Nestled in the ground floor of a new residential development, the place looks like a country kitchen -and isn’t much bigger than one, either.
The chefs here rustle up a fine breakfast (try the fresh-cut papaya with lemon, pomegranate and yoghurt) or a hearty lunch (the menu boasts slow-roasted pork belly, among other delights). And then, of course, there’s the famous St Ali coffee.
My espresso is complex and rounded, with bold, spicy flavours giving way to a nutty sweetness on the palate; it’s rich and slightly oily with a nutmeg aroma. The latte is pure St Ali, with a perfect body and soothing baked-bread aroma. It has a smooth, robust consistency and is nutty and sweet to taste -no sugar needed. Outpost has already become a firm favourite with the demanding denizens of 3141; now for The Coffee Guide crowd.
+613 9827 8588
mon - fri: 7am - 5pm sat - sun: 8am - 4pm