***Miss L’s Melbourne Extravaganza Part 3 of 3***

Apologies in the extreme lateness in getting the third part of this extravaganza up! It had been a busy year! Hope you enjoy looking at the foodie photos as much as I do ๐Ÿ™‚

For Part 2 of this post, click hereย ! ๐Ÿ™‚

Sensory Lab

Website:ย http://www.sensorylab.com.au/

It was that time of the day when the eyes become heavy, the legs lethargic, and no amount of shopping can take away the gnawing longing inside. It is time…for some good coffee! And I’m in Melbourne…plenty of great coffee places to choose from. We were directed to Sensory Lab at the back of DJs in the city.

What a funky looking place, it’s a Science lab! I was quite impressed. Thereโ€™s a station where all sort of coffee making equipment is on display and sold, another of the coffee beans for sale, another facing the street where the coffee is made, most convenient for the takeaways.

Sensory Lab - frontVariety of beansTakeaway anyone?Cafe

The decor is themed similarly as well โ€“ check out the measuring flask that contained our water โ€“ IsoLab 1000ml! Hehe

Water Bottle

We settled ourselves on one of the long benches and had:

  • Chai Latte
  • Long Mac (Champion house of Colombia Santuoria, Guatemala Antigua, Kenya Kirimara blend)

Chai LatteLong Mac

I looked around and saw an interesting drink on another table. Being the inquisitive me, I started chatting with the staff and asked what that drink is all about – it turned out to be a chilled filter coffee of a different blend Geisha SCAA. Ooo I must try and it promptly came. It was very strong and smooth!

Chilled Filter Coffee

I had never ordered two coffees in one sitting before, and both strong coffees too. Needless to say, I was buzzing after that. Love this place, the concept, the coffee, the friendly service!

Rating: ย 4.25 out of 5 stars

Telephone: 03 9643 2222

Address: David Jones, 297 Little Collins St, Melbourne
Sensory Lab on Urbanspoon

St Ali

Website:ย http://stali.com.au/

St. Ali was a recommendation by a local friend. It was a fair distance from the main tram line but well worth the visit. The outside is very unassuming (is it even a cafe?), I would not have ventured in had the map on the phone did not point to the location. Seemed like an old warehouse turned quirky cafe!

The street where St Ali is locatedIt's a cafe?The entrance

The inside:

CounterInside the cafe

We had:

  • Flat White ($4) and Long Mac ($4) โ€“ House blend of Guatemala San Antonio and Colombian Narino

Flat WhiteLong Mac

Amazing coffee! It was aromatic, full bodied and had a nice finish. Now I know why this place is so highly recommended for its coffee. My friend was so impressed that she ordered another Flat White to take home.

For brunch:

  • Eggs poached on sourdough ($10.50) with added side of smoked salmon ($4.50) and avocado & feta mash ($4.50)
  • Hook, Line & Sinker Trout ($30.50) โ€“ ocean trout coated in sumac and sesame seed with caramelised fennel, radicchio, cos lettuce, cherry tomatoes and walnuts

Poached Eggs with salmon & avocado feta mash

Hook, Line & Sinker TroutThe trout & fennel

The Hook, Line & Sinker Trout was my order. It came out wrapped in a bag, looked special! Bonus point for the presentation. However the fish was dry for my liking and the salad bland. Not the best I’d had. The Poached Eggs turned out much nicer so I had a share of it :p The avocado & feta mash is one of the specialty recommended by the staff. Iโ€™m glad we ordered it!

Even though my dish did not turn out to my liking, I would back the next time round for their coffees and enticing cakes on display at the counter!

Enticing cakes

Rating:ย ย 4 out of 5 stars

Telephone: 03 9686 2990

Address: 12/18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne
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Captain of Industry

This was a random find courtesy of Urbanspoon and Iโ€™m so glad we ended up here for breakfast, even just to experience another quirky cafe. This may be a hardware store turned cafe?

Captains of IndustryInside the cafe

Tables seemed to be randomly place, and on each table an old piece of equipment is placed that makes you go, hey my grandparents used to have this at home. An old fashioned sewing machine with peddles was on one table and a telegraphy equipment of some sort on another. Even the counter is of shoes, typewriter, brush etc. The only sign of it being a food joint are the 3 muffins sitting on top of the counter and a blackboard sign at the back listing the food for sale.

The counterThe kitchen! I know!!Would you like to make a dress while you wait for your breakfast?Woww!Our table

After our order at the counter we walked past two rooms, and there were a barber and cobbler in business. What a sight.

Get a haircut while you wait!Busy at work

We had:

  • Avocado on toast ($8) and added goats cheese ($2)
  • 2 cheese scramble with spinach ($9) and added mushroom ($3)

Avocado on toast Scrambled cheese and spinach on toast

A very simple breakfast โ€“ it was great more for the atmosphere than the food. My cheese scramble with spinach on toast was very salty. We didnโ€™t order any drinks as we wanted to visit Manchester Press just around the corner! A good experience!

Rating: ย 3.5 out of 5 stars

Telephone: 03 9670 4405

Address: Level 1, 2 Somerset Place, Melbourne
Captains of Industry on Urbanspoon

Manchester Press

Another fun cafe to visit โ€“ it was recommended by a local whom we met at Mamasita. What this place is famous for (to my limited knowledge) is not only the coffee but the art that comes with the coffee. I was most excited to see what I will get. I had to request for my coffee art quite earnestly though โ€“ the staff was hopeful that the barista would do something for me. I thought it was automatic. Doh!

Manchester Press CafeAnother alleyway cafeInside the cafeBarista in action

We just came from Captain Industry but ordered another small meal again โ€“ I tell ya, all Melbourne does it make you eat and eat!

  • Home made Bircher Muesli with yoghurt and mixed berries
  • Rhubarb Meringue Tart โ€“ just to look of it and you feel like devouring the whole tart by yourself! Yum!

Bircher MuesliRhubarb Meringue tartThe inside! Yum!

The coffees came…*drum roll*…my friend just had a leaf deco on her but I got a manโ€™s face! Yay, it was so cute! I stared at it for a long time before finally drinking it. It was great, I think I was more obsessed with the coffee art than the coffee itself!

Flat WhiteLong Mac

Another great experience! I love finding all these small and quirky cafes! Manchester Press is known for its bagel as well, too bad we did not have any stomach space left!

Rating:ย 4 out of 5 stars

Telephone: 03 9600 4054

Address: 8 Rankins Lane, Melbourne
Manchester Press on Urbanspoon

Sushi Sushi

Website:ย http://www.sushisushi.com.au/index02.php

Our last stop in Melbourne before heading back to Perth was Sushi Sushi at the airport terminal. Great for a small snack before boarding. I had the Soft Shell Crab Roll and Seaweed Bag. Ahh, they did hit the spot!

Sushi SushiMy selection


Hope you’d been liking the Melbourne posts as there are more! I made another quick weekend trip a few months later. What for? You guessed it – food and shopping! Oh yeah ๐Ÿ™‚ click here!




  • Kel

    January 27, 2013

    Ahhhh! I just moved from Melbourne, to Perth and I am in desperate need of some good foodie inspo in Perth, I came across your blog and all my fave Melb places were on here!!! Please give me your top 5 Perth spots, trendy & cool, and not so exy! I’m finding it difficult to not to compare the two cities food wise, but Melbourne does do foodie places better… PLEASE prove me otherwise with your top 5! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • natashalam

      January 28, 2013

      Hi Kel!
      Welcome to Perth! We do have some great places here too ๐Ÿ™‚ My top five would be:
      – West End Deli in West Perth
      – Mrs. S in Maylands
      – Sayers in Leederville
      – Lamont’s in Cottesloe
      – Aisuru Sushi in Northbridge
      also the Merrywell at Crown’s (a bit exy but nice!)

      Hope this helps and would suit your taste! Let me know what you think if you do end up visiting them ๐Ÿ™‚

      Miss L from PFE


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