About Me

Food is one of my many joys in life. It is a common bond I share among my friends and family. Combining food and travel makes it all the more interesting. I enjoy going out for a good meal with friends and family. The array of various cuisines and our fantastic array of produce really makes Sydney such a great city to live in. Blogging is my hobby and my posts on restaurant meals I have had are paid for and not gratis. Any gratis provided to me will always be stated beforehand.

Sunday, 25 May 2014

St Ali (South Melbourne, Melbourne)

Recently I took a last minute business trip to Melbourne but was not expecting much, if any, opportunity to check foodie places out. Well, little did I know it would turn out to be meals in 3 places I would be blogging about.

The first one is St Ali. I have heard about their coffee (of course!) but didn't realise they had a cafe in South Melbourne. This is where my rather new Melbourne office is located. When we arrived at the office, it was lunch time and DD had a flash of inspiration to check out St Ali. Out came google maps and before you know it a group of us were ensconced in this very hip warehouse like cafe.

After poring over the menu and realising the prices were not your average cafe prices, we decided on the following.

Porky Pig's Christmas Lunch - Prosciutto and Brie toastie with cranberry sauce.

The Daddy - Breakfast bun with Cumberland sausage, bacon, scrambled egg and tomato chutney.

Seoul Searching - Kimchi scrambled eggs with pan-fried scalloped, coriander, puffed rice and crispy shallots.

Smokin' Sanchez - Spicy black bean and chorizo stew with pulled pork, poached egg, aged feta and smoked jalapeƱos.

Parsnip soup with toast - this was one of the day's specials.

Verdict: The general feedback was the food was good. I think one of my colleagues was underwhelmed by The Daddy but stated it was delicious enough. I liked my Seoul Searching and enjoyed the cubes of scallops that were stirred through the scrambled eggs. I didn't like the amount of coriander on the top of the dish so I pushed most of it aside. :)

And obviously we ordered their coffee. I found their cappuccino was good but was it the best? Not really.

The dish names on the menu were fascinating. But I personally felt the dishes were generally over priced for the size of the servings.

But I did love the vibe, the setting and the hipster feel. It just felt like a cool place to hang out. I can see why this place is so popular.

St Ali on Urbanspoon
St Ali
12-18 Yarra Place
South Melbourne
VIC 3205
Facebook: St Ali

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Helen (Grab Your Fork) said...

I remember it took me ages to decide on what to order from here. Everything was way too tempting!

Cindy said...

Hi Helen, the menu did show some attractive dishes!

Macky Blaise said...

I am craving for this Porky Pig's Christmas Lunch Prosciutto and Brie toastie with cranberry sauce. Hope to taste it so soon.

Cindy said...

Hi Macky, I hope you get to taste it soon!