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“Staff were super friendly”

St Ali Coffee Roasters
Ranked #154 of 5,012 Restaurants in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$4 - US$19
Cuisines: Cafe
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating
Neighbourhood: South Melbourne
Description: Artisanal coffee and inventive brunches in a trendy warehouse space with edgy, distressed decor. Come with us on a journey through space and time ... Like the discovery of most commodities, coffee was highly prized, mostly misunderstood and appreciated for its medicinal purposes. We’re talking about the 15th century, here. Fast-forward a few hundred years past the Y2K and you’ll see the beginnings of the ST. ALi Family in South Melbourne in 2005 placing a strong ethos on quality beans and unique brewing methods. Yes, we take our coffee very seriously- serious enough to be named one of the most pretentious things ever in a Buzzfeed listicle in 2013. But, that’s not all we’re known for. Head Barista, Matt Perger placed first in the World Coffee & Good Spirits Championship in 2014; Second in the 2013 World Barista Championship for his redial, rethink on filter coffee- a paradigm shift in the category- as well as winning first place in the 2012 World Brewer’s Cup. Matt Perger and his coffee disciples or boy band counterparts have toured all over the globe starring in pop-up cafes, master classes and merchandise signings. Now, you’ll find our family has expanded from our warehouse-chic flagship in Yarra Place to Sensory Lab, Clement, Tom Thumb, Plantation and Deadman Espresso. But that’s not all… Food is pretty damn important too! We thought that cafe food could be more than just some avocado on toast, and serious coffee deserves serious food. The early days saw pan-Asian influences from Benjamin Cooper (now at Chin Chin and Kong), dishing up sticky wings, grilled kingfish heads and zingy glass noodle salads next to your plate of poached eggs and corn fritters, ultimately inspiring “ST. ALi Nights,” which John Lethlean described as, “stimulating, thought provoking, and (for me) one of the most successful bits of hospitality-industry lateral thinking Melbourne has seen in quite a while” Today, we have Executive Chef Andy Gale in charge of the pans. Gale is known for his dishes with punny names, Oxford commas and wizard-like abilities to make offal sought after in a breakfast- clear signs of his British upbringing and culinary path under Pierre Koffmann, Bruce Paul and Gary Rhodes. With Gale at the helm, food is no second fiddle; he has turned up the heat to create a truly inspired hybrid restaurant-cafe menu, so good that in 2013 he bought home the Best Food prize in The Age Good Cafe awards. In the next chapter- twenty fifteen and beyond- we will be moving into our new kitchen, turning the food up yet another notch and re-birthing ST. ALi Nights but this time with Gale leading the pack. Things may be a little left of centre at ST. ALi, but never done by halves.
Reviewed 23 February 2021 via mobile

Staff were super friendly and the short rib was delicious ! I will be back to dine when I’m Melbourne again .

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 22 February 2021

1. Dirty. COVID non compliant.
Used dirty cleaning cloth to wipe table then put dirty cloth back in drawer and used same dirty cloth again to clean next table without spraying table or cleaning cloth.

2. Outrageously overpriced - $16 for 2 slices of fruit toast with teaspoon of marscapone and slither of honeycomb

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 12 November 2020

We are excited to book for dinner at the opening of St Ali dinner menu. Apparently this is something that is going to continue throughout the summer and it was lovely to be part of their opening dinner weekend.
The new outdoor bistro area is fantastic we’ve been watching it being built for awhile.
Dinner was a set menu of four courses with matching wines and it was really delicious definitely something to remember, the service was great and our waiter was really friendly without being obtrusive.
And $99 a head it was reasonably priced, the atmosphere was fantastic and the food was plated up beautifully.
We will definitely be going back for dinner if this continues to be a thing.
That lemon tart oh my god!
We have also Had breakfast here twice in the last two weeks and the food was exceptional the service good but I had to ask three times from three different people to pay but other than that the coffee is excellent as usual, highly recommend.

Date of visit: November 2020
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2  Thank valeriemD6484ND
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Reviewed 9 November 2020 via mobile

The place is buzzing even on Monday. Food and coffee were fantastic and on point. Staff said the weekend was super crowded, so if you can, try to visit during the weekday to avoid waiting in line for too long. They also have expanded outdoor seating area for one to soak in some vitamin D. Will definitely be back again!

Date of visit: November 2020
5  Thank BLoke88
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Reviewed 7 November 2020 via mobile

We celebrated Dan’s birthday with a degustation meal on the opening weekend after COVID lockdown ended.
What a lovely experience to see Salvatore and team again and enjoy a delicious meal.
First, genuine burrata or beef appetiser, the pasta course (mine with lobster) and mains - we brought the dessert home.
Matching wines for each course, most charming service, such pleasure - thank you all!

Date of visit: November 2020
2  Thank DrJulieShaw
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