I was going through the photos the other day and realised that I have taken many food and coffee shots of St. Ali but never blogged since the one I did in August last year – name of post. It deserves a part 2 and even 3. I tend to visit it when I have a long morning at work or when I just feel like chilling out by myself and away from work. It isn’t exactly the quietest cafe in South Melbourne. It is always buzzing with people, the slayer hard at work, beans roasting in the far end and sipping of coffee and kling klang of cutlery.
It had been awhile since I stepped foot into St. Ali. Terrible. I know. But having a coffee machine at work and saving for a Tassie trip means giving up little luxuries. It had been a little crazy at work the last couple of days and my initial plan was to take a nice stroll to Misuzu but with threatening skies, I took refuge at St. Ali instead. I settled down at the back of the room with parts of The Age and a latte. After the first sip, I realised what I had been missing the last couple of weeks. Bloody good coffee.
I ordered the very popular my mexican feast. The corn fritters had a nice crispy exterior and a green creamy interior filled with crunchy sweet corn. The well seasoned fritters sat on a bed of tangy young spinach and bitter rocket. It was accompanied with a side of slightly fried and salty halloumi and topped with thick slices of sweet tomatoes, sweet & sour kasundi and 2 slightly over-cooked poached eggs. I liked the little hint of cumin and how all the flavours come together in one mouthful.
St. Ali is now opened 4 night a week for dinner that has a South East Asian influence. I will be back here for dinner and my occasional escape from work. Despite its busy atmosphere, it seems easy to hide away from the crowd and just chill.
And for some light reading, here is my last post on St. Ali.
Do you have a favourite cafe or place that you go away and just ‘hide’ away from the world?