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St Ali Coffee Roasters

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Neighbourhood:
South Melbourne
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12-18 Yarra Pl, South Melbourne, Port Phillip, Victoria 3205, Australia
+61 3 9686 2990
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07:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 18:00
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Sydney, Australia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

At St Ali coffee roasters it's an espresso with milk on the side. Is this correct? The flavour of the coffee was too bitter and weirdly sour. Is this a south Melbourne thing? So we tried a green smoothie - it tasted disgusting and was an outrageous $10 for a small glass - other, much better placed and juices around... More 

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Sydney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great food, wonderful atmosphere service is fantastic and a great variety of food to choose from. Coffee perfect.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Really you should try breakfast/brunch here if you are in the South Melbourne area. As others have commented coffee is really, really good. Food was so delicious, we were a group of 5 and we all loved our dishes. Service was great - was really busy when we arrived but only had to wait about 10-15 minutes for a table... More 

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Kuranda, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I would give this a 4.5 if I could and my reason for the minus .5 would be because the coffee was quite bitter, however this didn't matter as the food was 100% awesome! I had My Mexican Cousin, which I regret not going back the next day for seconds, but my family members ordered other dishes which looked equally... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Very cool atmosphere and friendly staff, however horrible acai bowl. gritty, runny and not even acai. would recommend to come here for coffee but don't order the food

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Aussie Hospitality at its best. Warm and friendly. This is one of my fav spot to just get a cuppa black juice and relax. It's kinda hidden but its a spot u might just wonder why didn't u found out sooner. Great coffee selection. Might wanna try out their cold cafe lattes. it's like having a beer... in a bottle!... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've had work lunches on a regular basis at St Ali, its always busy and has a great atmosphere. Food has always been interesting and delicious. Sometimes it hard to get a booking/table but its worth the visit.

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Glenmore Park, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were sent here by a staff member at the Crown Metropol. Best coffee to date! My friend had a chai tea and was in awe of how amazing it was. The food was very clean and tasted amazing. Definitely worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very well known for their coffee. They produce and wholesale the same all throughout Melbourne. To be honest, the coffee is really really good but not the best around the town of Melbourne. But as a restaurant the place works; food is really good, as is the coffee. B++

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I heard a lot about the coffee here so was getting ready to be blown away. Maybe just not to my liking but iv had better

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$18
Cuisine
Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 18:00
Monday
07:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 18:00
Thursday
07:00 - 18:00
Friday
07:00 - 18:00
Saturday
07:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12-18 Yarra Pl, South Melbourne, Port Phillip, Victoria 3205, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Victoria  >  Greater Melbourne  >  Port Phillip  >  South Melbourne>  > South Melbourne
  • Neighbourhood: South Melbourne
  • Phone Number: +61 3 9686 2990
Description
Artisanal coffee and inventive brunches in a trendy warehouse space with edgy, distressed decor.

Come with us on a journey through space and time ...

Like the discovery of most commodities, coffee was highly prized, mostly misunderstood and appreciated for its medicinal purposes. We’re talking about the 15th century, here. Fast-forward a few hundred years past the Y2K and you’ll see the beginnings of the ST. ALi Family in South Melbourne in 2005 placing a strong ethos on quality beans and unique brewing methods.

Yes, we take our coffee very seriously- serious enough to be named one of the most pretentious things ever in a Buzzfeed listicle in 2013.

But, that’s not all we’re known for. Head Barista, Matt Perger placed first in the World Coffee & Good Spirits Championship in 2014; Second in the 2013 World Barista Championship for his redial, rethink on filter coffee- a paradigm shift in the category- as well as winning first place in the 2012 World Brewer’s Cup.

Matt Perger and his coffee disciples or boy band counterparts have toured all over the globe starring in pop-up cafes, master classes and merchandise signings.

Now, you’ll find our family has expanded from our warehouse-chic flagship in Yarra Place to Sensory Lab, Clement, Tom Thumb, Plantation and Deadman Espresso.

But that’s not all… Food is pretty damn important too!

We thought that cafe food could be more than just some avocado on toast, and serious coffee deserves serious food.

The early days saw pan-Asian influences from Benjamin Cooper (now at Chin Chin and Kong), dishing up sticky wings, grilled kingfish heads and zingy glass noodle salads next to your plate of poached eggs and corn fritters, ultimately inspiring “ST. ALi Nights,” which John Lethlean described as, “stimulating, thought provoking, and (for me) one of the most successful bits of hospitality-industry lateral thinking Melbourne has seen in quite a while”

Today, we have Executive Chef Andy Gale in charge of the pans. Gale is known for his dishes with punny names, Oxford commas and wizard-like abilities to make offal sought after in a breakfast- clear signs of his British upbringing and culinary path under Pierre Koffmann, Bruce Paul and Gary Rhodes.

With Gale at the helm, food is no second fiddle; he has turned up the heat to create a truly inspired hybrid restaurant-cafe menu, so good that in 2013 he bought home the Best Food prize in The Age Good Cafe awards.

In the next chapter- twenty fifteen and beyond- we will be moving into our new kitchen, turning the food up yet another notch and re-birthing ST. ALi Nights but this time with Gale leading the pack.

Things may be a little left of centre at ST. ALi, but never done by halves.

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South Melbourne
South Melbourne hosts the city’s oldest continuous market, founded in 1867. Rows of neatly arranged fruit, vegetables and flowers splash yellows, greens and reds along the entire perimeter, where the whole neighbourhood gathers for Saturday feasts. Inside the hall, shoppers hover over the mouth-watering displays of delicatessens and specialty food shops. Further in, a bazaar full of giftware, clothing, and kitchen utensils completes the scene. Take a break to walk the wide and shady streets and stroll along the Victorian-era heritage terrace houses. But return to the market in time for some paella, simmering in three large frypans on the footpath and served straight onto your plate.
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