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St Ali, South Melbourne

It was a very last minute trip – ‘The Mother’ decided that he wanted to go to Melbourne to watch the cricket on Christmas day. It certainly didn’t give me any time at all to organise where I want to eat. Not only that, it was probably the worst time to go to Melbourne in terms of eating, as most restaurants were closed during the Christmas and New Years Season. Thankfully though, I did manage to eat at a couple of brunch places, and Movida Aqui (more on that later).

I knew ‘The Mother’ was going to watch the cricket with his brother in law, so I made a couple of plans with friends. Melbourne really has wonderful places for breakfast / brunch and of course coffees. I was catching up with an old friend, and suggested St Ali – think it was one of her favourites as well! Located in the back alleys of South Melbourne in a refurbished warehouse, the place was PACKED when we rocked up at about 11.30am on public holiday. St Ali was established in South Melbourne in 1999.


I love the beer bottles used for water…


They are very serious about their coffee – they have a page explaining the different types and blends. I didn’t feel like one at the time, but did take away, and it was one of the nicest coffee I have had in a while! Didn’t have anything fancy, just a normal flat white and if we were nearby I would have ordered another!

The menu vast – 18 different types, ranging from muesli, omelette, bagel, rolls, salads and many more. It took me a good 10 minutes to decide and we finally settled on My Mexican Cousin – secret recipe corn fritters, baby spinach, haloumi and kasundi with poached or fried eggs ($17.50).


OH MY – the fritter was so crunchy and burst into flavours. It was crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside with juicy corn kennels, not your typical corn fritters but one I enjoyed immensely! Kasundi, a spicy Indian tomato relish was not as spicy as I had thought, it could have definitely been spicier. The poached egg and haloumi really complemented the corn fritters well.


We saw other dishes that others were having and they looked amazing! No doubt we will be back when we are in Melbourne – I was tempted to order ‘bada bing bada boom’ – special house made roll with spicy sausage, avocado feta mash and chefs chili jam! Aren’t you proud i didn’t order ‘pork me’ – pork belly salad with pickled vegetables, asian herbs and peanuts! NEXT time!

Even though it was extremely busy, we were seated less than 10 mins and service was friendly! They have wonderful sweets, pastries, muffins near the counter – terrible, as I ended up buying a lamington and the muffins and they were fantastic! Definitely worth coming back!


GA’s rating: 7.5 / 10

St Ali

12/18 Yarra Pl

South Melbourne, 3205, Vic

Ph: +61 3 9686 2990

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