Hello Café Lovers!
Welcome to Cards and Cafés!
All aboard! Next stop STN in Northcote. Short for ‘station’, STN is located on High Street in Northcote and is the newest café from the same team that brought us Workshop Brothers. The café was inspired by the owners’, Brain and Nolan Taing’s, time in London and with an Asian inspired menu, I’m sure you’ll find something that takes your fancy.
“Why travel to the ends of the Earth searching for the perfect place to unwind? At the Northcote STN we put you on the path of discovery, because your journey to the perfect coffee and café experience shouldn’t be an arduous one. Sometimes it’s the places we stop at that provide the impetus for us to keep moving forward” – STN
The café is neat and clean and we loved the subway tiles that surrounded the coffee machine and the register, giving the café character and something interesting to look at.
The parking in this area was pretty good and we managed to find a parking lot just off High Street, which made life a lot easier.
I went to STN with my friends Kate and Beth for a good old catch up.
FOOD & DRINKS
As I said before, the menu at STN is Asian inspired, but it still has some of the classic dishes that you will find at other cafes.
The following menu photos were taken in July 2017 and might have changed since.
I ordered a cappuccino and it was pretty average in my opinion. It was borderline bitter. But it was nice and hot when it arrived at the table.
I probably wouldn’t rush back for another one.
Coffee rating: 3/5
Both Kate and Beth ordered a chai latte. They both thought that the chai looked very pale and found it quite weak. They were also disappointed that it wasn’t overly hot. But they both said that the froth was nice and silky.
Chai rating: 2/5
Beth ordered the house made xo chilli scramble, with smokey chorizo, fresh avocado, corn salsa, tomato, coriander and chilli oil.
She said that the dish had an interesting flavour which she was confused about, as she couldn’t quite work out what it was.
The avocado brought a much-needed freshness, and the serving size was quite generous. However, the corn didn’t really add as much freshness as she would have expected.
There was a substantial amount of egg and it was cooked well.
Overall, Beth said that the dish was ok, but she wouldn’t order it again.
Kate ordered the red velvet pancakes, with coconut meringue, freeze dried fruits, white chocolate soil and mascarpone.
We all thought that it was plated quite well and Kate couldn’t wait to dig in. The colour wasn’t as bright red as we expected, and Kate didn’t think that the classic red velvet flavour (which is chocolate) was very strong. She described them as normal pancakes with a hint of chocolate. Maybe if the dish had the traditional cream cheese, it would have been a bit more like the red velvet we all know and love.
But she loved the meringue and thought that it added an interesting texture, a slight crunch against the soft and fluffy pancakes.
Finally, I ordered the cauliflower and kale fritters, with kale purée, frisée, cranberry pickle, Nashi pear and poached eggs.
I was rather disappointed at the serving size, considering Beth’s dish was the same price and her serving was very generous. Three tiny fitters didn’t really cut it for me; they were basically two mouthfuls each.
The poached eggs were slightly overcooked for my liking, as the yolk wasn’t very runny, but instead quite firm.
But I did enjoy the cranberry pickle, as I thought that it had an interesting flavour and added a slight sweetness with a hint of tartness to the dish. It went perfectly with the kale and helped to cut out some of the bitterness.
The fritters were quite tasty. They were light and fluffy and weren’t too dense, as some fritters tend to be.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
The employees’ at STN were quite friendly and we felt welcomed as soon as we walked through the door. We were lucky enough to be seated right away. We loved that we had the option of still or sparkling water for the table; let’s be honest, sometimes it’s fun to add a bit of sparkle to your life.
The café was quite spacious and we didn’t feel like we were sitting to close to the table next to us.
The café is quite simple in its décor, which made it feel clean and the large windows at the front added ample amounts of natural light.
The environment was quite relaxed, as we didn’t feel any pressure to quickly eat our food and be on our way. We felt comfortable to sit back and enjoy the food and each other’s company.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT STN
Address: 382 High St, Northcote, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9078 5873
Monday –Friday –7:00 am- 4:00 pm
Saturday –Sunday – 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Have you visited STN 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,