In Short: Port of Call Café in Sandringham is a masterful blend of modern Melbourne café craft with a beachy, seaside charm that delivers across all the premier café essentials.
Heading south from Melbourne’s CBD you’ll find yourself threading your way east around the bay along Beach Rd. Twisting past staunch jetties that launch out into the blue waters, bustling marinas brimming with dormant spinnakers, and lush green bay-side parks verging onto golden sands, the road meanders its followers to sleepy villages nestled in rocky coves.
At the end of the commuter renown Sandringham train line, one such village awaits the locals and tourists alike, as they spill from the last stop and into its quaint, shop-filled streets. Those streets also hold a treasure of a café, Port Of Call, that encapsulates the light and airy vibes of a modern Melbourne coffee spot and perfectly blends it with beachy vibes that makes it fit right in to this hamlet on the bay.
Port of Call Café in Sandringham brews a brilliant cup using the house blend by Niccolo Coffee. On this visit we chase the delicious brew with three mains, a pulled pork charcoal brioche burger, slow roasted chicken with basil pesto, and fried cauliflower tacos. The pork in the burger bursts with flavours of sweet smokiness, while the beautifully light and interesting textures of the tacos delight the tongue. The moist chicken definitely benefits from the slow cooked approach, with rich roasty notes working wonders with the pesto punctuation.
With this gem of a cafe, Port of Call makes you realise just what a special creation the Melbourne food scene has evolved to be. You can drive 30 minutes from the hub of all things foodie and still be wowed by world-class plates served in chic, yet relaxed, surrounds. Simply, so Melbourne.