Hi Café Lovers!
Welcome to Cards and Cafés! Located in Fitzroy, Slowpoke Espresso is the perfect café for a lazy weekend brunch with friends, or for a quick cup of coffee on your way to work. With its simple, yet rustic feel (including a wood fireplace and timber features), this cosy little café is your one stop place for all things delicious.
With friendly staff and tasty food, what more could you want?
There is plenty of parking along Brunswick Street. Just remember that a number of these spots are in ticket zones; so don’t forget to bring a few gold coins with you.
I went with my friend Beth one Saturday, for our weekly café adventure and we both really enjoyed our time there.
FOOD & DRINKS
The menu at Slowpoke Espresso is fairly basic, and the café is said to have the best sandwiches in the area.
The following menu photos were taken in August 2017 and might have changed since.
I ordered a cappuccino and I thought that it was pretty good. It was smooth and had a nice strong bite. It was nice and hot when it arrived at the table and loved the design on top.
Coffee rating: 4/5
Beth ordered a chai and it was nice and warm, with a bold spiced flavour and silky froth. She thought that they serviced just the right amount of honey on the side.
At first, she was disappointed with the price ($5), but then realised she got at least two cups out of the teapot.
Chai rating: 4/5
For breakfast Beth ordered the organic granola (millet & buckwheat), with nuts, coconut yoghurt and earl grey poached pears (both vegetarian and gluten-free friendly).
The granola was beautifully presented and nicely crunchy. The sweetness was perfectly balanced and the coconut yoghurt added a lovely creaminess to the dish.
The portion seemed a little small, but it was acceptable considering the price.
She also got to choose which type of milk she preferred, or to have no milk at all.
I ordered the organic porridge, three grains, rhubarb compote, poached pears, caramelised nuts and vanilla schulz yoghurt.
I was honestly surprised at how big the serving was and I actually struggled to finish it.
I thought it was cooked perfectly and “the temperature was just right”, as our porridge-stealing bandit Goldilocks once said. I personally would have liked it a little sweeter, as I found the porridge a bit bland, but Beth (who had a taste) loved it and thought it was perfect. Maybe the chef should think of putting a bit of honey on the side so that customers can add some if needed.
I loved the crunch of the nuts against the soft porridge and the smooth yoghurt. Finally, the poached pears added a bit of sweetness to the dish, but as said before it wasn’t quite sweet enough for me.
ENVIRONMENT & SERVICE
We both loved the environment and were lucky enough to get the table right next to the fireplace. It was nice and cosy sitting there and we both felt snug without feeling overheated. We liked the rustic look of the café and thought that the menu was a perfect with the simple design of the café.
The café is quite small and has a handful of tables (inside) at the front of the café, two in the middle near the fireplace, a couple at the back and then a great courtyard outside. I would recommend sitting by the fire during the winter months, as we did. The atmosphere is relaxed; you feel as though you’ve been whisked off to a winter wonderland somewhere in the mountains. It’s easy to forget that you’re sitting in the heart of Fitzroy.
The staff members are quite friendly and welcomed us when we walked in. They did their best to seat us as quickly as possible.
This is the perfect café for a lazy weekend brunch, where you can sit back and relax without feeling the pressure to leave quickly.
OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT SLOWPOKE ESPRESSO
Address: 157 Brunswick St, Fitzroy, Melbourne, (Vic)
Phone: (03) 9942 7813
Monday –Friday –7:00 am- 3:30 pm
Saturday –Sunday – 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
CAFÉ RATING = 7.5/10
Have you visited Slowpoke Espresso 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,