While in Melbourne’s north-west, I dropped by Essendon to check out St Rose, just opposite the train station. This 3 year old café is run by a husband and wife team, who formerly had a café in Richmond. They made the move in an attempt to bring specialty coffee closer to home, and it’s proven fruitful. I stood out front braving the cold with fellow patrons waiting for the door to open at 8am, and it was worth the effort.
The décor has an organic and clean feel, with lots of greenery, timber, and white features, including a halo shaped neon light on the front wall. The white Synesso pumps out Five Senses coffee, with both single origin and a blend for espresso; and batch brew for filter options. Any wonder I was impressed, the single of the day was an Ethiopian Yirgacheffe. This washed heirloom made for a complex cup, with divine apricot highlights.
The All Day menu features Chilli Scrambled eggs with charred chorizo and Persian feta; Drowned Mushrooms with bacon and kale; Corn fritters with cured salmon; and the Mac and Cheese Brioche with maple candied bacon.
19 Rose Street
Essendon VIC 3040