The Elizabeth

You know its true love when you’re willing to move states for a person.

Such was the case for Peter and Hannah McCaw, who originate from Perth. When Peter was offered the opportunity to move to Melbourne to pursue his career in Exercise Physiology, wife Hanna packed up shop and moved over with him. Being a chef and hospo veteran, Hanna left behind a well establish job, and a growing industry.

To reciprocate the love and dedication, Peter supported Hanna in living her own dream of owning a café. When this dual shopfront café became available a few years ago, they took the opportunity to breathe new life into it. They’ve put their own personal touches into the venue, with a fresh lick of paint, and exposed brickwork coloured with vibrant tones.

Coffee is care of Undercover Roasters, and their single origin from Ethiopia had hints of orange acidity and toffee notes as an espresso.

Their newly launched spring menu had some vibrant options matching the décor. I was most tempted by the Smashed Pumpkin with beetroot hummus; Pulled BBQ Jackfruit Burger; and what was labelled the ‘Boss Choice’. I had to take a leaf from the boss’s book, and went with this hearty dish. It featured bacon, halloumi, smashed avocado, chili jam, and hollandaise. The sweetness from the chili jam fused so well with the halloumi and bacon. I understand why the ‘Boss’ is in charge. She knows what’s best.

Find Elizabeth Cafe at 30 Elizabeth Street, Coburg.

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