Located off the main streets of Moonee Ponds, Darling St Espresso is a neighbourhood gem which is housed within a renovated corner store. The café serves up a creative brunch menu which delights and surprises using the best local ingredients. The best part is, everything is made in house.
Our top pick from the menu is the dish of Local Mushrooms. This is one stunning celebration of mushrooms – sautéed seasonal mushrooms, dried enoki mushrooms, pepito pesto, rocket and pickled pear salad are served atop crusty olive bread. Just yum!
For sweet tooths, do not go past the Mandarine Waffle. Think fluffy waffles adorned with passionfruit curd, poached fruits, chocolate fairy floss, peanut praline, lemon cream cheese and palm sugar syrup. It’s truly a thing of beauty.
As expected of any good Melbourne café, coffee is great and poured by adept baristas. There is also a great range of smoothies and juices for those not so caffeine inclined.
Location: 146 Athol St, Moonee Ponds
Phone: (03) 9326 2212