219 Ferrars St,
South Melbourne VIC 3205
Phone: 03 9690 9339
Mon-Fri 8am - 7.30pm
Sat 8am - 7pm
Sun 9am - 6pm
After checking out the Rainbow Warrior which was docked at Port Melbourne on the weekend, we went off in search of breakfast in the unfamiliar territory of South Melbourne. After scanning the menus of a few cafes near the South Melbourne market, we ended up off the main drag at the very busy, but large, St Ali - South (there is also a St Ali - North in Carlton).
After scanning the menu, I noticed a vegan option right away that I had to try - the 'Wholefoods gluten free sandwich' ($16) which is a braised kale sandwich on gluten free bread with saffron chickpeas, sumac onion, vegan mayo and green salad. This sandwich deserves a much more exciting name as it's absolutely sensational! The kale is deliciously crispy and seasoned, the saffron chickpea is in a soft pattie that is amazing with the red cabbage and creamy vegan mayo and if you're accustomed to gluten free bread, then you'll especially appreciate how good this bread is!
My sidekick was set on a more traditional breakfast, so he opted for a DIY option of some extras including field mushrooms ($4.50), roasted tomatoes ($4.50) and fresh avocado ($4.50) on sourdough ($2). Whilst this made for a simple breakfast, every element was cooked to perfection - he was especially impressed with the roasted tomatoes, which 'rival' the confit tomatoes at Wide Open Road. A point to note if ordering extras is that the bean ragout isn't vegetarian, let alone vegan (what's up with cafes ruining perfectly good beans with ham hock and the like?!).
St Ali roast their own coffee beans which are also for sale, so needless to say their coffee was great - and good ol' Bonsoy is used at no extra charge which seals the deal nicely.
If you pay a visit to St Ali - South, be sure to also swing by the nearby Passion Foods to stock up on a variety of vegan groceries including vegan yoghurts (CO-YO!), ice creams, cheeses (Vegusto!), snack bars and more. There's also a good array of take home organic vegan salads that may take your fancy.