It’s always been smooth sailing down Elwood way, a tranquil costal suburb only 8 kilometres south of Melbourne. The team that recently moved left of field, have now cast their anchor at this beachside community. In line with their archetypal use of idioms when naming cafes (Left Field, Short Straw, Timber Timber) the owners of Plain Sailing have adopted a nautical name to suit the area, which also parallels their objective to create a venue characterised by ease and comfort. They worked closely with architect Fiona Drago to echo that vision, which is accentuated by blue terrazzo tiles, gold trimmings, warm timbers, and dotted greenery throughout.
Coffee is roasted by Niccolo, with single origin beans from Small Batch for espresso and filter. I enjoyed a washed Colombian that had a smooth body, and tasted like warm Milo.
The menu has a health focused theme, with a Middle Eastern and Mediterranean touch. Think Dukkah Roasted Cauliflower with Steak & Quinoa Salad; Medley Tomato Bruschetta; and Beef Short Rib Soft Tacos. They open late on weekends, with a separate dinner menu.
It’s a safe mooring at 37.89 ° S, 144.99 °E.
144 Ormond Road