Magic is the corner café everyone should have. These are the unheralded stars of the weekend breakfast and no-one does it better than the inconspicuous Magic on Ferrars St, South Melbourne.
It doesn’t get much low frills than this. You could be excused for missing it – the signage is chalk drawn on the walls. Seating, both inside and out is vintage chairs if you’re lucky, crates if not, rickety oid tables, and service is so friendly and casual, it doesn’t seem like service at all, but an old mate helping out.
Pea and Mint Smash
But the food is anything but no frills. The ubiquitous avocado smash served with delicious lemon infused oil, which in itself is usurped by the pea and mint smash, itself taken to another level with the addition of cashews and bacon. If you are after something smaller, and sweeter, the selction of pastries and donuts are provided than none other than Matt Forbes, and the coffee is seriously good.
The creatively surprising dishes magic serves up is not befitting the location, nor the dining space, but it does seem a wonderfully apt name.
Field Mushroom with Grilled Halloumi
Magic on Ferrars
286 Ferrars Street
South Melbourne, 3205
0414 991 556
The Baker’s Oven.
Il Fornaio is where people in St Kilda go for their morning coffee and pastry.
It’s where local celebs go to keep it real.
And its where travelling football players start the day before heading to the G.
And it’s where you should go also.
Situated down the dirty end of Fitzroy street, but underneath the Prince, it straddles this dichotomy perfectly by offering top quality pastries and breakfasts, but in a relaxed and affable environment. Service is provided by the cool kids of St Kilda with just the right amount of familiarity to make you feel at home.
The breakfasts are the best you’ll find within a hundred metre radius. Starting with the appropriately named Homer Simpson vs Peter Griffin Massive breakfast, it’s what big breakfasts should be, served with a soft brioche instead of bread so you you have plenty of room for that meaty goodness (did I mention bacon steak and hunter sausage?).
The Homer Simpson vs Peter Griffin
The pastries are top notch, and although the fashionable Nutella doughnuts aren’t the best in the business, the strawberry Danish, in both large and mini sizes, are a worthy substitute.
For a place named ‘The Furnace”, it really should be about the bread. But unfortunately there is so much to love about il Fornaio, as good as the bread is, it’s far from the only reason to swing by and do it the way the locals, celebs and footballers do it.
2C Acland Street
St Kilda, VIC
03 9534 2922
DAY -every day from seven am