Apparent from its name, The Coventry is located just in the South Melbourne Market neighbourhood in Coventry Street. A big spacious, high ceiling and full of light café with red canopy is definitely hard to be missed. The overall look inside is very clean and spacious, definitely is pram friendly and suitable for big group as well. They provide a private area upstairs for small function up to 10 people. They serve Asian fusion brunch menu from Middle Easter Breakfast to Korean Fried Chicken.
They serve breakfast menu (all day) and lunch menu (starts at 11am). Since we came at 9am so we can only cover for the breakfast menu only – happy to taste their lunch menu as well (hint-hint) *ahem.
We always start with something warm and easy to digest in the morning. Our choice was warm chai latte with honey and cappuccino. Fragrant chai in the morning that was truly fragrant and not too milky served with honey. They have their own blend coffee– Flying Ducthman which consist of 30% Columbia Dulima, 40% Ethiopian Yirgacheff and 30% Indian Riverdale. A must try for a coffee lover. If you are the juice person, they also provide the cold press juice.
Chilli Scrambled Eggs – Chilli feta scrambled eggs with small cubes of smokey bacon, avocado and wasabi mousse served on top of sourdough. Beautiful simple dish done right. Smart combination using avo and wasabi to complement the taste of the egg – classic brunch and Asian fusion twist. Wasabi taste was not overpowering and the avocado in the mousse just gives smooth consistency that you’re looking for in a mousse. The chili was not too spicy that no clash between it and the wasabi. I would want my sourdough to be toasted longer and have slight crispy golden brown on top. But other than that this is a beautiful dish.
Golden Rosti – homemade potato rosti cubes, crumbed fried served with sautéed spinach, cherry tomatoes and poached eggs. The rostis were fried beautifully crispy on the outside. Inside the rosti are – shredded potatoes, which unfortunately slightly dry. Each component on the plate was executed well but rather individualist making it less synergized meal but it was a nice breakfast. We were thinking that it might need a sauce that glued all the components together – I am sure it will make a beautiful dish.
We also tried their crepes which also one of the fortes of the sister café, Piatella (Glen Waverley). The Coventry Special was just divine. Airy crepes topped with generous nutella, banana and thinly sliced strawberries. Another simple yet beautiful dish done right. Well nothing go wrong with Nutella anyway, right?
Overall, it was a pleasant visit and breakfast to start your day. Perfect location just right in front of the South Melbourne Market.
Yay: Coffee, Chilli Scrambled Eggs, crepes (banana + nutella)
Nay: Shredded potatoes (Golden Rosti) were slightly dry
Note: We’d like to say thank you to The Coventry’s team for the invite.
Disclaimer: Honest opinions expressed here are purely on our own and are based on our experience at that time
Location: 315 Coventry Street, South Melbourne, Melbourne