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Formally Dukes Café Roasters, the café was rebranded in 2014 to Journeyman, and their roasting operations moved off-sight. Journeyman serves the best coffee and the most delicious food, so waiting for a table will be well worth the wait.
Journeyman is located on the Windsor end of Chapel Street. The café is fairly easy to spot and there is plenty of parking along Chapel Street itself, as well as the many side streets surrounding the café.
I went on a Saturday morning with my friend Beth. We were lucky enough to get there just before the rush and were able to find a table straight away. But not long after we sat down, the café was full and it was nice to hear the chatter of the people around us.
FOOD & DRINKS
Journeyman has quite an interesting menu, with a number of Melbourne staples with a bit of a twist. I’m sure you’ll find something that’s worth digging into.
Journeyman uses their own coffee blend, that being the Dukes Espresso blend, which is by far one of the best in Melbourne.
The following menu photos were taken in June 2017 and might of changed since.
I ordered a cappuccino and it was nice and hot when it arrived at the table. It had a beautiful rich flavour and a creamy and thick consistency. I would definitely go out of my way to get a coffee from them.
Coffee rating: 5/5
Beth ordered a mocha and she said that it was beautiful. It had a more prominent coffee flavour and only a slight chocolate taste. But she really enjoyed it, as it was hot when it arrived and was not too bitter from the coffee or too rich from the chocolate.
Mocha rating: 4/5
Beth ordered the toasted waffles with blueberry compote, fresh fruit, double cream and pure maple syrup.
We both thought that the dish was beautifully presented and she couldn’t wait to dig in, but soon realised that this dish was VERY sweet.
She liked that the maple syrup was separate, but in hindsight it wasn’t actually needed, as the waffles themselves were quite sweet.
The double cream was very rich and sugary and a little definitely goes a long way.
The fresh fruit was a much-needed addition and added a burst of freshness and helped to cut down on the richness of the other elements.
She said that the dish would have been more enjoyable if the waffles themselves weren’t as sweet, and therefore she wouldn’t order this dish again. But she did say that there are a number of dishes on the menu she would love to try next time.
So if you have a really sweet tooth, then this could be the dish for you.
I ordered the chilli scrambled eggs with a charcoal brioche bun, cucumber salsa and chilli jam (there is a gluten free option and is vegetarian friendly).
Firstly, I loved how this dish was plated up; it can’t be easy to make scrambled eggs look appetizing.
I loved the brioche bun/bread, as it was slightly sweet and went well with the savoury items. For those wondering, the charcoal doesn’t have a burnt taste as many would assume, but instead has no flavour so don’t think be afraid to give it a try.
The scrambled eggs themselves were cooked well and seasoned perfectly. They weren’t overly spicy/hot, so don’t be frighten off by the chilli description on the menu.
Finally the cucumber salsa was great and added little bursts of freshness with every mouthful.
I just personally think that it is rather a small serving and I was still hungry after I had finished. So if you are starving when you walk in, then you might be in the same boat as me, so maybe order something else or add to the dish.
I would order this again, but only if I wasn’t overly hungry.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
The service at Journeyman was fairly good. They tried to seat us as quickly as possible. The staff members are pretty friendly, but don’t often come and check on you.
We felt that the environment was quite relaxed and even though it is a busy café we didn’t feel rushed to order our food and eat quickly to make room for another group.
We sat towards the back, at the little tables with the tall bar stools. It felt quite cosy, but we both thought that the chairs were awfully uncomfortable.
The café itself is quite dark at the back, but I feel this adds to the ambiance and almost makes the place feel warmer and quite cosy. The front of the café is quite light, due to the large windows which line the front. This industrial feel is just beautiful and has so many features for you to look at.
Journeyman has quite a number of tables inside the café and only a couple of tables outside along Chapel Street. As this café is always busy, you should aim to be there before 10 am over the weekend period. But if you end up having to wait for a table, I’m sure you’ll find this café is worth the wait.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT JOURNEYMAN
Address: 169 Chapel Street, Windsor, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9521 4884
Monday – Saturday –7:00 am- 4:00 pm
Sunday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 8/10
Have you visited Journeyman 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,