Malvern, the inner east suburb in Melbourne with cutie patootie houses and great places to eat so it’s no surprise that the new up and coming English inspired cafe Saint James Cafe opened up right on the main street.
When you step inside, you’re greeted by the lovely and friendly staff and you can just literally park your tooshie anywhere you wish. We decided to head out to the courtyard seeing as Melbourne’s weather was exceptionally sunny today. It’s a such a cosy environment and the little plants hanging around add a touch of colourful nature.
Miss Chanel got a cappuccino and it was beautifully presented. However, she found that it was quite average but still satisfied her caffeine craving.
Cappuccino – $4
I got the chai latte and this was quite lovely, aromatic and creamy. However, I would have liked to sweetened it with honey rather than the sugar on the table but that’s the way I like my chai lattes.
Chai Latte by Prana – $4.80
Onto the food, the house cured ocean trout with broccolini, kale and pumpkin puree was absolutely AMAZEBALL. The trout was cooked perfectly with a crispy skin. The kale and broccolini was very fresh and light and the pumpkin puree, absolutely divine and flavoursome. Definitely a hit on the table.
House cured ocean trout – $19.50
Miss Chanel was graced with the Saint Benedict and my gosh the portions were very (with a captial V) generous. Littered with pork shoulder and fresh apple, I was totally jelly of Miss Chanel’s pick. The poached eggs were egg-cellent and there was definitely yolk porn present.
Saint Benedict – $19.50
Berkshire pork shoulder, fresh apple, poached eggs, beurre noisette hollandaise on toasted sourdough
What kind of food blog would this be if there wasn’t any dessert after every single meal? DESSERT TIME! Since we were citrus fiends, the lemon slice was the obvious pick for us. This was very lemon-y so if you wanted something with just a hint, this isn’t it. This is more like your face is slapped by a lemon tree. Miss Chanel quite enjoyed this but it wasn’t a hit for me. I found it a touch too dense whereas I had my heart set on something a tad lighter.
This is a quaint and gorgeous cafe that not only serves up generous sized dishes that are AMAZEBALL but there is a variety of things you can choose from. I noticed that there were dog water bowls in the courtyard so I’m guessing that they’re also pet friendly (yayers!). Great place for a brunch date or even taking the family out and there’s even a kiddie menus for the little ones. I’ll definitely be back on a brunch date with Mr D and if you’re struggling to decide what to get, I’d recommend you get one of everything!
Disclaimer: I was honoured to be invited to dine by Craig from Saint James Cafe and all opinions expressed are my own.