ALCIDE IS IN NORTH MELBOURNE!!!!!!!!
*Whisper* Oh..... *cough* you mean as in ELCEED - a totally cute new cafe, not the totally cute werewolf. Right, ahem... Excuse me. *Straightens pearls*
Continuing the Queensberry Street awesome cafe trend, Elceed more than exceeds at fabulous coffee and gorgeous brunch-y things whipped up in the open kitchen.
The back room uses lots of white to lift the room away from the old tiles - they could be daggy but against all that gloss, they start to seem almost retro. Orange pops to create a vibrant yet still welcoming vibe.
There's lots of little touches that belie a thoughtful hand, like the vintage teacup sugar bowls and tiny flowers on the tables. Service is efficient and friendly.
Truly fantastic coffee, an absolute steal for $3.20. Gorgeous, silky milk, sourced with a fair price for farmers from Jonesy's Dairy.
Pea and broad bean smash with mint, ricotta and poached eggs, $14.90
This was a symphony in green - garlicky yet sweet smashed peas and broad beans smushed on good bread, with sunny, oozy poached googs on top. The snow pea tendrils tasted outrageously healthy yet were moreish, perfect licked with some good olive oil. My only suggestion is ditch the phallic pepper grinder and equip each table with a mini version. I love cracked pepper but feel like a doofus while the waiter stands there grinding and grinding and grinding...
Sweeties are also a go go, as well as daily fresh juices if you feel like something cleansing.
(Menu posted with permission - subject to change)
There's much to love about North Melbourne's newest cafe. OK, so there's no buff Bayou-bounding werewolves, but I reckon the "candied prosciutto" on the menu could equally prove a pearl clutcher.
You can read more about Elceed from Ellise @ Charles Whyte - thanks for the tip Ellise!
(Alcide is from HBO's True Blood, if you haven't had the pleasure of watching it yet!)
610 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne
Phone: 9326 8648
Hours: Mon 8am-3pm, Tues-Fri 7am-4pm, Sat 8am-4pm
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