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Twenty & Six Espresso

Another year, another new cafe to check out in Melbourne. Now that I’ve moved away from the University, it’s a lot more effort than it used to be to check out places in the inner north. Having heard good things about this newly opened cafe though, I organised a brunch catch-up with a friend that I’ve seem all too little of in the last year.

The cool cafe seemed like the perfect escape from a somewhat unbearably warm morning. As my friend was running late (it was a lazy Sunday after all), I settled down with an aromatic long black and the morning paper. The staff were attentive and polite, and the wait was actually quite pleasant. It didn’t hurt that the decor is charmingly cute.

Hello Deer

When my friend did arrive though, it was down to the very important business of eating. I was tempted by many items on the menu (mental note that I need to try more of them!), but settled on the Raw Energy Salad with an extra poached egg. This was an educated decision based on 1. It was a very hot day and anything heavier would have made me very sleepy, and 2. I needed any energy I could get for a Chinese New Year performance later in the day.

Needless to say, I was very happy when this arrived:

Raw Energy Salad

That is a giant bowl of salad by anyone’s standards. With a perfectly poached egg, a generous serving of pepitas, a touch of beetroot for sweetness, and a light but refreshing dressing, I could have eaten this for dinner as well. Mind you, the salad would have wilted in the heat, but this was certainly one of the best salads I’ve had in a long time.

My friend ordered the appropriately named Hulk Smash.

Hulk Smash

Now that is a heck of a lot of avocado, perhaps too much. Then again, the Hulk never did anything by halves. I had a bit of what he couldn’t finish and it was very tasty, but I doubt I could have finished it either.

All-in-all, a nice addition to the North Melbourne cafe scene. I hope they get their outdoor seating license soon, though I’d rather sit outside in Autumn than in the middle of Summer.

Twenty & Six Espresso
594 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Thu-Tue 8am-4pm, Wed Closed

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Di Bella Coffee Roasting Warehouse

Facing an early Saturday morning drive, and with little motivation to cook, it was decided that a trip to North Melbourne was in order. There’s enough good cafes within a stone’s throw of each other that deciding was the tricky part, but after realising that the coffee needed to be restocked at home, and that a good coffee really wouldn’t go astray, we settled on the Di Bella Coffee Roasting Warehouse.

The first thing you notice when you walk in is the variety of coffee beans available for sale. Being a roaster, this is of course hardly surprising. It was a beautiful morning so the cafe was opened up allowing a mixture of indoor and outdoor dining options. Settling at a table somewhat half-way between inside and outside, we ordered our coffees while perusing the tempting breakfast menu.

Latte

You can tell that from the bubbles in the foam that the milk was actually a little burnt.Definitely disappointing considering that I’ve had pretty amazing coffee from this place before. You can’t get things perfect every time I guess, but I had been really looking forward to my morning cup. Maybe I should stick to my usual order of a long black but I had wanted to mix things up a little.

Thankfully, I had an amazing breakfast lined up. I’d ordered a serve of poached eggs with asparagus, fetta, almonds, truffle oil and beetroot relish and was pretty impressed when it arrived.

Poached Eggs with Asparagus, Fetta, Almonds, Truffle Oil and Beetroot Relish

How well is that presented? It tasted even better actually. The eggs were perfectly poached and nicely runny (though you can tell they ‘cheated’ by using cling-wrap, but that’s alright), the asparagus was fresh and crunchy, the fetta was deliciously creamy, and the lightly toasted almonds provided a tasty counterpoint. I can’t say I tasted much of the truffle oil but I loved the slightly sweet beetroot relish. It’s also such a pretty colour (just indulge me, okay?)

My companion ordered a similarly tasty dish of poached eggs with avocado, tomato, coriander and chilli.

Poached Eggs with Avocado, Tomato, Coriander and Chilli

He certainly enjoyed his meal and polished it off rather quickly. The Asian inspiration lent an interesting twist to the traditional breakfast of poached eggs.

I’ve had nothing but brilliant experiences with the food here (the desserts aren’t bad either) and this is the first time that my coffee hasn’t been amazing. There’s nothing stopping me from coming back to this happy little cafe with fast, friendly service to boot. Here’s to more indulgent weekend breakfasts.

Di Bella Coffee Roasting Warehouse
19-21 Leveson St, North Melbourne
Mon-Fri 7am-5pm, Sat 9am-5pm

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