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.

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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

Oriental TeaHouse – Don’t Stop Till You Get Enough

San Choi Bao

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