G’day Café Lovers!
Welcome to Cards and Cafés! Station Street Trading Co. is located opposite Port Melbourne’s Smith Reserve. This special little local café is perfect for the quick morning coffee or a lazy weekend breakfast for locals and commuters.
This cosy little café offers great coffee, delicious food, and such friendly employees. You can’t go wrong with this café.
Station Street Trading Co. is brought to you by the original owners of Coin Laundry Steve Rowley and Matt Vero, as well as Cam Reid from Chingalings (a Sydney bar) and Hugh Hindle from MoVida bakery. They group also started Short Straw, Touchwood, Tall Timber and Left Field.
I went to Station Street Trading Co. with my good friend Beth, and found it a great little café to sit and chat about my resent trip back to South Africa. We didn’t feel rushed and loved the relaxed atmosphere of the café.
The café is pretty easy to find and there is plenty of street parking along Station Street. But as I always say, look out for the parking signs, as you don’t want to spoil a great breakfast or lunch with a parking ticket.
FOOD & DRINKS
Station Street Trading Co. has quite an interesting menu, with a number of mouth-watering dishes to choose from.
The café uses the Niccolo coffee blend for their coffees.
The following menu photos were taken in April 2017 and might have changed since.
I ordered a cappuccino; it wasn’t overly hot, which was quite disappointing. But the flavours were ok and it was quite rich and creamy.
Coffee rating: 3/5
Beth ordered a chai latte, which she thought was pretty average and nothing particularly special. It was warm (not hot) and had a good amount of froth, but was a little too weak for her liking.
Chai rating: 3/5
For breakfast Beth ordered the sweet corn, zucchini and herb fritters with tomato – avocado salsa and a poached egg (this is a vegetarian friendly dish).
She said that the sweet corn and zucchini flavours worked magically together, and the fresh herbs just made the dish shine.
The salsa added an extra depth of flavour and gave the dish that each burst of freshness with every mouthful.
Beth said that the fritters were perfectly cooked, as they were crispy in the outside, while still soft and moist on the inside.
Finally the poached egg was a great addition to the dish and she really enjoyed it, but also said that the fritters were so tasty that she still would have been happy without it.
I ordered the Station Street stack, which came with poached eggs, bacon, avocado, spinach, mushrooms and beetroot relish all served on sourdough toast (this dish can be made gluten free).
I loved the way that they had the bacon on the wooden skewers (this was also done at Coin Laundry). I thought that it added something different to look at and was unlike other cafes.
The poached eggs were cooked quite well, as they had soft yolks while the egg white was firm.
The mushrooms were fantastic! I just wished that there were more than three on my plate.
The avocado was fresh and creamy and, together with the runny egg yolks, added an incredible richness to the dish.
Finally I really enjoyed the beetroot relish, and thought it was a great addition to the dish. It added a tartness which helped to add another depth of flavour and cut through the richness of the avocado and eggs.
I personally felt that there were almost too many elements on the plate. They could take the spinach away and it still would have been a fantastic dish.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
Station Street Trading Co. is a very small café, but well designed. They have a tiny kitchen area, which is located just behind the register and can be seen from the tables.
The café felt a bit cramped when it started to get busy in the later morning, but felt quite cosy and intimate when we arrived, as it wasn’t very busy.
The café has a really relaxed atmosphere and we felt in no rush to order or eat our food.
The staff are all quite friendly and laid back, which is a nice change from other cafes where staff are too busy and run off their feet.
The café also has a number of tables outside, which allows you to bring your dog along. From these tables you can see the park and you can enjoy your coffee and/or food while you watch the world go by.
This is a fantastic local café for people living in the Port Melbourne area.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT STATION STREET TRADING CO.
Address: 166 Station St, Port Melbourne, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9646 6663
Monday –Friday –7:00 am- 3:00 pm
Saturday –Sunday – 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 7.5/10
Have you visited Station Street Trading Co. before? Tell me what you thought of it. Do you have any suggestions of cafe’s to visit?
Comment down below, I’m always looking for somewhere new to try.
Until next time,