The owners of Top Paddock and Two Birds One Stone have raised the bar very high with their new venture in South Melbourne.
The ‘OMG’ factor begins with the building, which is both the last terrace house in Albert Road and new apartment building, and is carried all the way through to the light, bright spacious interior and most importantly the food. It’s a unique combination of fine dining and a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.
There are times when healthy eating rules are better left at home, my first visit to The Kettle Black cafe was one of those times. Talk about pot, kettle, black… yep, I’m the pot! The pièce de résistance is a Top Paddock classic and one my taste buds felt compelled to welcome to the south side: hot cake with house made ricotta, blueberries, pure maple, double cream and seeds. Let me tell you, these guys know how to put the ‘hot’ into hot cake… Oh, eM, Gee!
If your body is a temple with no room for compromise you will be spoilt for choice. I plan to go back and work my way through the menu, with these dishes on my hit list:
- Tataki ocean trout with a raw kale and pickled seaweed salad, nuts and poached eggs
- House made coconut yoghurt with gluten-free grains, seeds and nuts, prickly pear, rhubarb, citrus powders, fruits and flowers.
- Polenta porridge with burnt maple, textures of strawberry and basil
- Chilli scrambled eggs with air dried Flinders Island wallaby
If you don’t have time to sit and savour there’s a takeaway coffee cart outside with yoghurt pots, salads and cold pressed juices you can grab and go.
The Kettle Black prides itself on its support of local suppliers, with a strong commitment to provenance and traceability. All organic waste is processed onsite using a ‘closed loop’ compost system, with the resulting compost used to grow herbs, leaves and flowers in onsite greenhouses and gardens.
Healthy might be the new black, but don’t let that hold you back when you visit this kettle.
50 Albert Road, South Melbourne
03 9088 0721
Mon to Fri 7:00am – 5:00pm
Sat & Sun 8:00am – 4:00pm