166 Station Street
On the corner of Station street and Raglan street in Port Melbourne sits a busy little cafe with a laid back attitude. Frequented by locals grabbing a coffee on their way to work, men and women meeting up on their lunch breaks or those just out for a stroll with their dogs; Station street Trading Co is clearly a favourite amongst Port Melburnians. I must admit I came across this gem when I got a little lost in the local streets while house hunting, finding myself in dire need of a coffee and something to eat. Lucky for me this cafe across from the tram tracks and overlooking a park had everything I was looking for and more.
What has kept me coming back has been their ‘Cajun chicken, with chipotle aioli roasted bell peppers’ which is nestled between two slices of the softest gourmet bread (I have an inclining it might be sourdough but I can’t be sure). I am a self proclaimed sandwich avoider (my mother was forced to keep my school lunch boxes SW free) but this meal has me converted.
Apart from a selection of tasty gourmet SW (pictured above) they provide breakfast all day which include the essential sweet corn and herb fritters with poached egg.
There is ample seating inside however its hard to pass up on alfresco dining outside on a sunny Melbourne morning.
Cr Elgin and Drummond St
T: 9348 1118
After a late breakfast at home on a lazy Sunday, D and I headed out to Carlton Gardens to get as much out of the sunshine as we could. On our way there we came across Cafe Lua along Drummond street opposite to Pugs. Having walked past this area many times and not noticing this place before we decided to pop in for a quick bite. Inside we found a collection of bright colourful furniture and knick knacks haphazardly arranged making the whole interior very cosy and inviting.
The outside dining space was also a drawing card as we got to bask in the sun rays while it lasted in the afternoon.
The menu was limited, which to me is always a good sign because it usually means they do a few things and they do them well. It offered a selection of gourmet breakfasts, warm salads and freshly baked goodies. The prices were moderate however the portions were definitely on the generous side. Most items on the menu had a gluten free option which is very considerate.
We shared the special of the day; French toast with poached pear, candied walnuts, drizzled in chocolate sauce and creme fraiche. The layers of sweet moist toast with a crunchy outside and spice poached pear along with the crunch of the nuts made this a a perfectly composed sweet dish.
There coffee was also wonderful, though it really shouldn’t have been a surprise since they use DiBella coffee blend which I adore.
I would definitely come back to Cafe Lua, maybe next time I’ll try there Huevos Rancheros; chipotle and feta scrambled eggs on house made tortillas with salsa. Sounds yum!