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.

Manchester Press Cafe – another hipster Melbourne alleyway cafe

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Do you like bagels? Well you gotta visit Manchester Press cafe off a little laneway called Rankins lane off Little Bourke St in between Elizabeth and Queen St. Before I say anything else, you need to try the ‘pulled pork bagel’ and the ‘mixed berry mascrapone with pistachio bagel’. My new favourite cafe.

On the weekend we were in the city with our nephew just in time for lunch. Because I’ve been looking for Melbourne’s best cafes we decided to take on Manchester Press. Someone tell me why these awesome hipster Melbourne cafe’s are all in alleyways? Luckily they don’t do dinner because some of these alleyways at night can be scary.

Melbourne’s Best Cafe’s according to The Learner Chef

Anyways, we went for lunch and I knew this was a popular brunch cafe but what I didn’t know is that they served an array of super yummy bagels. We were lucky to sneak in a table for four before a whole rush of people came, otherwise we would of been waiting 10-15 minutes to fill our stomachs but 10-15 minutes isn’t that bad compared to . We ordered a bunch of coffees as one does at a cafe and a babycino for my 3yr old nephew. He seemed to love it and the coffee was also superb.

Now onto the bagels, I ordered the pulled pork bagel and it was exactly what I needed. The pork was sweet and tender and went well with the bagel. Jenny ordered the mixed berry mascrapone bagel with pistachio’s so we could try a savoury and sweet bagel and I was so glad she did. I love mascrapone and I’ve just found a new way to enjoy it. I only got to have a bite of the B.L.T bagel which was okay but I really would recommend the pulled pork and mixed berry mascrapone bagel.

Although they have other brunch dishes, I’d definitely come back to try out some of the other bagels or the two I had again. Like it says in the title, Manchester Press is another hipster Melbourne cafe and now on my list of Melbourne’s best cafes. The setting is nice and relaxed, I’m not sure if it was staff or customers but they just sat themselves outside and had a bite to eat. Bike friendly because there’s plenty of space to leave them locked up on whatever you can find and very kid friendly because my nephew enjoyed himself and there’s plenty of room for prams.

I love Manchester Press and I hope most people would agree with me too. Unless you don’t like bagels and good coffee.

Manchester Press
Location: 8 Rankins Lane, Melbourne, VIC
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri:7AM-5PM, Sat-Sun: 9AM-5PM
Facebook: facebook.com/ManchesterPress

Chin Chin Restaurant – a blast of Asian flavours

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Fusion asian dishes, walk-in restaurant with no bookings except for one table of 10-12 people which means, waiting a long time to get a seat if you’re not there early. We went on a Friday night but some of the guys came late and at Chin Chin they won’t seat you unless the whole party is there. So we were told that the wait was 3hours. We were determined to dine at Chin Chin that night so we occupied ourselves for 3 hours and awaited a text message saying that our table was ready. We finally made it in and it did not disappoint.

The staff are super friendly, they were willing to help us with the menu because there’s so much to choose from but luckily our friend was a regular and she ordered us some of the popular dishes. We told them to bring them out as they were ready because we were starving at that point. To get the most out of Chin Chin, it’s definitely a good idea to order a number of dishes to share so you can taste a bit of everything.

You must try the twice cooked beef ribs. They simply melt off the bone and the flavours are superb. The crunchy school prawns with the shrimp paste dip are awesome too. The chicken salad was a good refreshing dish to complement our other dishes and everyone loved the Palm sugar ice cream sundae with salted honeycomb and lime syrup. Just saying the name makes your mouth water.

Here’s a little highlight video of our Chin Chin dinner, such a great little place. I love Melbourne.

Overall, Chin Chin is well worth the hype and with a menu with over 40 items to choose from, there’s definitely a reason to come back. Live and busy atmosphere, can be a bit squashy and tight spaced for some and if you’re willing to wait for a table or gather a group of 10-12 people then Chin Chin is ready for you.

Chin Chin
125 Flinders Ln
Melbourne VIC
Website: http://www.chinchinrestaurant.com.au