Nature Boy

“She moves among the sparrows,
And she walks across the sea,
She moves among the flowers,
And she moves something deep inside of me”.

I do appreciate a café that has a story behind its name, especially when it’s linked to the suburb it’s located in. In view of the fact Nick Cave was raised in Murrumbeena, owners Issy and Nir christened their newest café after one of his much loved tracks. These gentlemen know a thing or two about the café culture of Melbourne, having previously owned the much love Manchester Press in Melbourne’s CBD, and Loco in Elsternwick.

Nature Boy is quaintly situated opposite the Murrumbeena train station, and its size can be deceiving from street view. The left rear doorway leads to multiple dining areas, including a wine bar, coffee bar with a La Marzocco FB70, a large open dining room, a side courtyard, and an outdoor section with play area for children. Not to forget the kitchen, from which the mouth-watering aroma of herb crusted schnitzel flowed from this afternoon. Staff are as bright as the venue itself, and were very obliging.  This front section has recently been enhanced by a charming natural vertical garden. This unique wall feature made upcycled pallets, and has created a beautiful rustic wallscape.

Speaking of beautiful- such was their coffee. Their house blend is from Gridlock, and had berry acidity, with deep toffee notes.

Their all day breakfast menu is still impressive, with options such as Challah French Toast with Belgium white chocolate & oven baked peach, Brekky Chorizo with scrambled eggs, and Smoked Ham hock with green pea puree. Lunch features a signature Nature Boy Burger, Pulled Lamb on Brioche, Herb Crumbed Chicken Schnitzel with coleslaw, and Soba Noodle salad.
Hats off to young Jack, who took the time to make my guests experience both enjoyable and comfortable.  It’s always reassuring to know I can take guests to cafes that are consistent in their service delivery, and quality.

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Nature Boy.
486 Neerim Rd
Murrumbeena VIC 3163

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