In Short: Relaxed, funky, and friendly cafe with a focus on top notch coffee and quality driven food. The Journeyman Cafe keeps the tradition of the outstanding Melbourne cafe experience alive and well.
Chapel St. in Melbourne’s hipster hotspots of Windsor and Prahran is home to more trendy and top notch cafes than you can shake a cup of cold brew at. Once Dukes Coffee Roasters, Journeyman café is building on that formidable lineage and carving out a reputation as an eclectic community space that puts premium specialty coffee and quality focused food front and centre.
Finding it hard to break with habit, I order up a divine cappuccino as soon as my bum hits the seat at an al fresco table curb side, right in the heart of Chapel Street’s buzz. Using Dukes Coffee, the Cap is silky smooth with rich, nutty notes. Fantastically frothed and naturally sweet, there’s no hint of scorching or bitterness. Talk about getting this brunch off on the right foot!
The Coconut Chia Pudding is dominated by the richness of the coconut, as you’d expect. The chia soaks up the sweetness of the coconut and the two combine for a silky and satisfying bowl. A sprinkling of coconut flakes, fresh fruits, and mango puree contrast perfectly with the comforting mouthfeel of the pudding. This could easily be a daily ritual if you’re lucky enough to call the Chapel St. area home.
As a counterpoint to the natural sweetness of the pudding, the Beetroot Cured Salmon rests atop a bed of organic quinoa that’s lightly herb seasoned and intermingled with a bright chilli and kale salad. The superbly done poached eggs crown a ring of sashimi grade cured salmon that bursts with rich sea flavours. The presentation is so spot on, the table next to us found it hard not to stare.
Journeyman café on Chapel St. continues the Melbourne tradition of outstanding coffee houses that bind a community with funky spaces to eat and drink the best the city has to offer.