After our large Saturday night drinking sesh at Ferdydurke, my housemate and I dragged my hungover sister and her friend out for a recovery breakfast. We got a park right outside (despite this being the busiest I've ever seen Park Street - there must be a hot new place in the neighbourhood or something) and picked our way through hipster bodies on the grass and vintage bicycles to the entrance. Flagging down a clipboard-wielding manager, we put our names down for a table and relocated to the grass to wait. There are several outdoor umbrellas strategically planted around the place, made with the coolest fabric: a green leafy pattern with thinned sections that create an arty shadow effect. With the umbrellas, sunshine, and state we were all in, it was pretty difficult to get up again. But the promise of COFFEE was a lure too great to resist.
We were shown to a table in the light, bright, clean and spacious interior, where surprisingly a few tables were unclaimed (perhaps they'd all *just* been cleared for new customers? or maybe St Ali purposely ups the cool ante by making you wait). A funky blue geometric pattern decorates the central counter, which houses two massive coffee machines. The overall interior design looks like it's aiming for ultra modern mixed with kinda antiquey:
|Exterior post office boxes|
I had a beautiful single origin coffee. All the coffees ordered by our table featured different latte art patterns. Quality AND attractive. Tick!
The food was excellent and definitely hit the hangover spot. There was a slight glitch with one dish we received (an tiny errant lettuce bug), but nothing major, and it was dealt with quickly and smoothly, by way of an apology and the dish being taken off our bill.
|Poached eggs with avocado and salmon|
|Scrambled eggs, avo and bacon|
|Weird beetroot juice thing with awesome swizzle stick|
I also really like it when cafes serve demerara sugar. It looks like glitter (my favourite)!
We sat around for a while after we finished our meals, unsure about the bill situation. Turns out you rock up to the counter and pay when you're ready.
This is a classy joint that will undoubtedly match the popularity and success of its south-side sibling. I will definitely be back.
|Laneway opposite St Ali North|