Everyone has an Ol mate, right? Same can be said about every suburb in Melbourne having a cafe…. or ten. Not too long ago, Frankston was lagging behind when it came to specialty coffee. Much like every other outer suburb though, the void has been filled at this gateway to the Mornington Peninsula.
Three month ago, local resident David Easton opened the doors to his first cafe, Ol Mate, after working as a public servant for most his adult life. It seemed the time was right, and following a trip to the USA that had him visiting renowned roasters like Ritual, Stumptown, and Bluebottle (he has mugs behind the bar to prove it), David opened the doors to this beachside cafe. He wanted to create a space where people could feel like they were visiting an old mate, and lined the walls with recycled timber shelves that are populated by familiar objects like the Rubik’s Cube, and coffee paraphernalia.
Like many beginner cafe owners, David looked local for a dependable coffee roaster, and found Commonfolk in an industrial area of Mornington. Commonfolk sold him their original Synesso, which served them well for three years, and has since been replaced by a custom Black Eagle. The staff are pretty clued up when it comes to brewing and extracting both espresso and filter coffee, and have all the latest tools to ensure consistency. Today’s espresso single origin was a pulped natural Brazilian, from Vista Alegri. This red catuai made for a sweet cup, that tasted much like nutella.
The Kenyan Thangaini was also available as a pour over, or cold brew. This washed lot was grown near Aberdare, and boasted juicy blackberry notes.
The Modern Australian menu centres around breakfast options, like Bacon & egg rolls; Hot cakes, Zucchini and almond fritters; Smashed peas with red onion and ricotta; and Benny & The eggs, which is their take on Eggs Benedict, with thyme hollandaise, steamed spinach, grilled bacon, and crusty pumpkin bread. Theres also a Frankie’s burger, named in honour of this seaside suburbs, with grilled wagyu and swiss cheese on a buttery brioche.
465 Nepean Highway