Clare Hu has done it again. Having successfully opened cafes in Ashburton, Sandringham, and South Yarra – She’s just launched ‘V Melb’ ; a concept space on Claremont Street. The motto here is ‘Very Vegan Vibes’, and the ethos is grounded in traceability, transparency, and sustainability. It’s a belief that good food should be produced, processed, sold, and eaten in ways that provide social benefits. Food is locally sourced from passionate producers such as Rayners Orchids & Pauls Big Berry Farm in the Yarra Valley, and Peninsula Fresh Organic in Mornington; who all pride themselves in environmentally friendly practices, minimising energy used in production and transport.
The space itself was designed by Blair Cooper, who cleverly made the most of a narrow area that’s saturated in natural light thanks to its glass surrounds. High ceilings create an airy ambiance, and raw materials such as the solid concrete counter top avoid overwhelming the senses.
Coffee is roasted in-house by Lex Clayman; with espresso, batch brew, and cold drip all on the menu. A brand new Bkon Brewer will soon grace this fresh space, allowing V Melb to offer infused beverages. Coffee is extracted on a Sanremo Opera, and their current blend is made up of Riverdale Estates 48 hr. honey processed lot, and a naturally processed Ethiopian Sidamo. My espresso was balanced, with complex notes of berries, spice, and black tea. If you’re lucky, you’ll even have head barista Albert Utset charming you with his contagious smile, and fine prose with the milk jug. This young man doesn’t just pour pretty pictures into your cup, he makes the milk dance like his Spanish ancestors.
The menu will have you discovering some of nature’s most delicious and wholesome candy. Breakfast options include G’raw’nola made with cashew milk chia pudding, mango, peanut butter, and super seeds granola; Sweet Potato toast with figs & vegan tofu cream cheese; and Honey thick toast with rum & raisin ice-cream, red bean, and condensed coconut milk. There’s also sushi, rice paper rolls, and bowls filled with ingredients such as barley miso tofu, soba noodles, and tempura kale. For those who love a burger or jaffle, there’s the Classic crispy polenta, chickpea & beetroot patty served with picked cucumbers, onion jam, and ‘vegenaise’; and the Mac and Cheese jaffle with jacaroi pasta & vegan creamy sauce.
Much like their sister café Stepping Stone, V Melb respectfully serves as a conduit between the humble farmer and the grateful consumer.
Open daily from 7am to 9pm.
7a Claremont Street