Chez Dre – Funky cafe brunch hideout in South Melbourne

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South Melbourne boasts a number of cafes serving all day breakfasts, brunch and lunch menus and all the coffee you can consume in one sitting. Chez Dre is a must to try according to all the foodies and locals. Noisy atmosphere with outdoor and indoor seating, lovely decor and spacious seating which would suggest a family friendly place.

Best Cafe’s in Melbourne.- according to The Learner Chef

My wife and I went one early Sunday morning so there was plenty of seats to pick from but that didn’t last long. The place filled with noise and people and fresh coffee aromas.

We went for a simple breakfast of granola with berries, sourdough with poached eggs and a chai latte and standard latte to complement. They hit the spot and we expected nothing less of Chez Dre. Coffee was beautifully brewed and my poached eggs oozed with yolk porn written all over itWe didn’t order any of the sweets or macarons but don’t they look amazing?

Hidden in one of the laneway streets across from South Melbourne market (don’t worry, it’s easy to find) I call it a ‘funky cafe brunch hideout’ that I definitely would go to again and again and again.

Chez Dre
285-287 Coventry Street
South Melbourne
Open 7 days 7.30am-4:30pm
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/chezdre

Best Cafe’s in Melbourne according to The Learner Chefs

Best Cafe’s in Melbourne according to The Learner Chefs

This list will obviously grow but for now here’s my favourite cafe’s scattered all over Melbourne that I think make awesome coffees, have a great atmosphere and offer more than just a big breakfast and a coffee on the go. If you think there’s a cafe that needs to be on this list, let me know so I can sit back, relax and enjoy a coffee there, otherwise I’ve probably visited the cafe already and it’s in draft mode (hopefully not for too long)

In order of posts (newest to oldest posted):

St Ali South
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Because of the buzz of St Ali South & North we had to check it out. Warehouse turned into a pretty nifty coffee house. Come at the wrong time and be prepared to wait in line.

St Ali’s South – warehouse turned power coffee house

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This is an old post but stuck in my ever growing draft folder. Although because of the buzz of St Ali South & North we had to check it out. Warehouse turned into a pretty nifty coffee house. Come at the wrong time and be prepared to wait in line.

We wanted to try something different so we went for the siphon coffee. The way siphon coffee is made is pretty cool but you need to get accustomed to the flavour it produces and although there are different flavours, it’s not our cup of tea. Didn’t try their normal coffees because they do pride themselves in their bean selection. Oh well, an excuse to go back I guess.

Best Cafe’s in Melbourne.- according to The Learner Chef

We also tried the My Mexican Cousin which is St Ali South’s popular dish. It wasn’t bad, a bit oily but I guess it’s a glorified deep fried corn fritter. The saganaki on top was nice though.

All up, the atmosphere was great, the wait wasn’t and we tried something new. The barista took too long to make the siphon coffee and the owner was a bit rude when I went to pay. I’d go back just to try some other dishes but not rushing back anytime soon.

St Ali South
12-18 Yarra Pl
South Melbourne
VIC 3205 AUS
(03) 9686 2990

112 Tram – Stop 127 Clarendon St/York St
96 Tram – Stop 127 South Melbourne Market

Oriental TeaHouse – Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough

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When I think Tea House, I think tea pots and tea bags so every time I passed Oriental TeaHouse I didn’t stop to think they ever served food which they absolutely do. I would call their food selections as yum-cha style servings and dumplings are their specialty. But to showcase their food selections Oriental Tea House in Melbourne Central is currently running a special called “Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough”.

Which means exactly what it says but with a few rules. You get a set menu (see below) depending on the week. From writing this post they’re in their third week and lets hope they continue on with this because I quite liked the idea for this restaurant.

The offer is only available on Sunday, Monday & Tuesday nights after 5pm which isn’t too bad as they close at around 9:30pm. You also need to go through the whole set menu before re-ordering any of the other dishes but from my experience, you’ll be lucky to even go through the menu twice. But there’s always something that you wouldn’t mind trying again, and again and again. Those chocolate dumplings are the BOMB!


The menu lists down all the dishes to choose from but they either come together with other dishes or are presented separately. The first on our menu was the Chicken San Choi Bao & Peking Duck. Peking Duck is one of my favourite foods and if it was just me and my mates we would keep re-ordering peking duck. The San Choi Bao was packed with chicken so this one can get messy.

The dumplings – You get six dumplings served in a bamboo steamer which two have different different fillings depending on the week and then a mystery dumpling. I love their dumplings, the skin is perfectly wrapped and is not to thin or thick that it’ll break when you pick them up. Then the rest is up to your preferred dumpling filling. We were served the Roast Duck Dumpling, the Chive Dumpling and the “mystery” dumpling was a Prawn and Pork Dumpling.

At this point the others were struggling to keep up but I couldn’t let food go to waste. We had the Szechuan Pepper Chicken and Roast Pork served with steamed rice. The szechuan chicken was slightly spicy but if you wanted more spice then you could always ask for chilli sauce and fresh chilli’s. My favourite was the roast pork which I reckon would of ordered along with the peking duck again. I found it a little weird served in the foil box but that didn’t stop me from eating my way through them. They were so soft and juicy!

And finally dessert. If you haven’t figured it out yet. I’m a sweet tooth but have recently tamed my cravings so it’s always good to treat yourself from time to time. All I have to say is Chocolate Dumplings. They have these on their normal menu where you get three of them served with ice-cream. Can’t go wrong.

Be quick to tryout this offer as it’s already into its third week and I’m hoping they continue this for longer because I want to take my friends. Personally, I don’t think anyone could go through the set menu twice but it is worth going back for certain seconds. Make sure you don’t eat lunch and if anyone can claim they went through the menu twice, let me know so I can bow down to your great appetite. Btw, it’s Monday today but it’s a public holiday and I don’t think it’s available on public holidays 🙁 but don’t worry, they’re still open.

Location: GD 068/69 Melbourne Central Shopping Centre (Elizabeth st entrance for the Melbourne Central train station) Melbourne Central, VIC 3000
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Phone: +613 9066 0207
Opening Hours: Sun – Wed: 10.00am – 9.30pm, Thursday: 10.00am – 10.30pm, Fri – Sat: 10.00am – 11.00pm