The pot may call the Kettle Black, but I call it exquisite.
Situated in a striking Victorian terrace building in South Melbourne, The Kettle Black has been artfully designed.
It boasts a beautiful marble bar, scattered lush greenery, Scandinavian style furniture, green and white tiles, and elegant brass features throughout. The entire cafe is saturated in natural sunlight, which filters through the floor to ceiling front windows.
Outside, the white theme continues, as can be seen with its Victorian style terrace building. It has ornamental cornices and parapet, and a decorative frieze. The cast iron is a reflection of its age, a stunning feature of these charming buildings built in the 19th century.
What stands out most to me, is the interflow that bonds the cafes modern interior design, with the structures historic charm.
It’s truly is where sophistication in design, and coffee, join together to deliver that quintessential Melbourne experience.
Coffee is from Square One, and I enjoyed a long black using the Colombian La Joyeria. This washed Colombian varietal made for a full bodied cup, with candied orange notes, and brown sugar sweetness.
The menu focuses on provenance and tracebility, and well designed dishes. All day options include Hotcakes with ricotta and blueberries, Tataki ocean trout with poached eggs, raw kale, and pickled vegetable salad, Chilli Scrambled eggs with house cured kangaroo, and Burrata with heirloom tomato and burnt rainbow chard. If you like a drop of red (or white) with your lunch, there’s wine by the glass, or there’s locally brewed beer and cider.
Whats most impressive? Despite the large crowd at 7:30am, it had a serene feel.
The Kettle Black
50 Albert Rd
South Melbourne VIC 3205