Who doesn’t like being on vacation, right? Or as us Aussies
call it, ‘Holiyays’!
Julian Bedford, Kael Sahely, and Jimmy Tjoeng have teamed up
to bring the Vacation to Melbourne city. Many may know these hospitality gurus
from Pillar of Salt, Square and Compass, Barry, and Bawa. I actually remember
Jimmy from Little Chloe, a Malvern café that stole my heart with their in-house
roasted Ethiopian Guji back several years ago.
The boys have taken a corner spot on Exhibition Street that
was formerly a Korean Wok Restaurant, and filled it with light and life.
Designed by Therefore Studio, the airy space features soft pastel tones, and
high ceilings that punctuate the uncluttered room’s style. The large windows
look out onto Flinders Street, with the iconic MCG and Art Centre Spiral as a backdrop.
The vision was to create a specialty coffee venue that was fun
and accessible to all, without compromising quality. Coffee is roasted by the
team at the Bureaux Collective, and their blend names are reflective of the
Vacation theme. The Foreshore blend is made up of Colombian, Ethiopian and El Salvadorian
beans, and delivers a chocolatey cup with hints of nectarine. The Back Beach
blend is composed of an Ethiopian and an El Salvadorian lot, and as a long
black was characterised by floral and berry tones. Batch Brew is also
available, and they are currently running an Ethiopian Aricha.
The food menu is simple, with an assortment of fresh
sandwiches, and toasties. Much to the delight of those familiar with the Peanut
butter tomato toast made famous at Barry of Northcote, the culinary delight is
now available in the city. Other options include Toast with Ricotta, Banana, Honey
and Black Sesame; Vegemite and Gruyere; and the Wagyu pastrami Sandwich.
Open 7 days a week, you’ll find your instant holiday at 1
Exhibition Street, Melbourne.