Nick Bourgazas has always felt right at home in the hospitality scene. He grew up at the local markets as a child, was driving forklifts as early as 11 years of age, and has owned successful venues such as Piatella and Meat in the Middle in Glen Waverley. When he saw this space opposite the South Melbourne Market come up, he jumped at the opportunity to return to his grassroots.
Named after the street on which it’s located, Coventry Café is Nicks version of a contemporary café which compliments the area’s multicultural slant. The venue itself has a large open space, with live greenery, and an earthy vibe.
The venue itself seats over 60 patrons, and brings home-style foods to a modern area. Flavours of the Mediterranean feature prominently on the menu, and specialty coffee is in the spotlight.
Coventry serves as a community hub, and multicultural space that specialises in food made with love, and created with passion. Breakfast options include French Toast with a quenelle of smoked yoghurt and vanilla infused mascarpone, berries, and crumbed pistachio; and the Rosti a la Paris with garlic butter. Lunch features Gnocchi a la Noire, which is made with homemade ink potato gnocchi, chunky porcini mushrooms, chicken and pesto; and Prawn Saganaki served with jalapeno corn bread. Crepes are also served at the take away window, for visitors wishing to experience the love without dining in.
Coffee is sourced from Cote Terra, which is where Nick used to spend his days off, dining out. He’s using their Flying Dutchman blend for milk based coffee, which brings together the fruit tones of a natural Indian, with mellow caramel tones of a Colombian. The current Costa Rican San Marco single origin in the hopper is a naturally processed lot I couldn’t pass up, which had delicious sweet grape and cherry notes.
Find them at 315 Coventry Street, South Melbourne. They’re just opposite the South Melbourne Market, and open 6 days a week.