Stop press: Melbourne's best jaffles
Toasties are back and top chefs are breaking the mould. Here are 10 of the best.
Greville Street, the thoroughfare we all know and love, has taken a beating over the last decade, ushering the coming and going of many a shop. But at long last food has finally got a look in with a slew of new restaurants and cafes giving the street the much needed hit of savoir-faire it was lacking.
The super-café trend is gaining momentum and we're stamping our feet and blowing our whistles in approval. 'Super-café' by the way, is the name we're pinning to the new wave of breakfast joints being opened by hospitality veterans, who are downsizing to café format, but super-sizing the experience, bringing all their restaurant and bar know-how to the game (we're looking at you Small Victories). It's great news for everyone. We love the option of climbing into either a coffee or cocktail, and bircher or a burger at almost any hour of the day and knowing that all are going to be good.
Oscar Cooper opened just this week and is the latest offering to hit Greville Street. It's aim? Honest food, perfect Small Batch coffee and quality booze. Local suppliers are the heroes behind the menu, including the wine and boutique brews. We especially love the 'damn fine jaffles' that rotate daily. With a license until 3am, Oscar Cooper is available for functions. Dog lovers will also be pleased to hear that 'Oscar' and 'Cooper' are the names of the owners' best four-legged friends.
After these last few dreary months of grey skies, rain, hail and thunderstorms, I am wildly excited about weather forecasts that have a symbol of a bright yellow sun. 23°C and sunny seemed just too good to spend indoors so we headed out to soak up some vitamin D and how fun it was to drive in nice weather with the windows down! Oscar Cooper has only just opened up on the hip Greville street in Prahran and we decided to visit on that beautiful sunny Saturday. By 1:30 pm, the cafe was very full so we were offered seats at a bench opposite the front counter which we took up in favour of the 15 minute wait for a table.
When I first saw that Oscar and Cooper had followed me on twitter, even before they were open, I was quite keen to check them out. Why?
They've got a cute little bulldog on their logo! I'm a sucker for dogs. Any reason will do right?
Enough introduction, you're waiting for the good part. Today I went to
Oscar Cooper, a new dining establishment hanging out in the cool cat alley of Greville Street (no one goes here enough anymore I swear). With all the bistro charm of a hangout in Gay Paris, you feel like you're chilling in Southern France when you're hanging out on the outside tables, soaking those dappled rays of Vitamin D us Melburnians have been deprived of so long. Inside it's cool calm and collected, pretty standard cafe deco - bench seat at the window for people watching, plants in hangars, exposed brick, and a shiny ferrari of a coffee machine - it's simple, unassuming aesthetic that makes you feel like you could get your coffee here every day. There's also a fireplace. Win.
Judging newcomers can be a bit like asking a newborn foal to run the Melbourne Cup - it usually takes them time to find their feet. Not so at Oscar Cooper! They flew out of the gates only 7 weeks ago and now they're a full length ahead of their closest Prahran ...