I had a few hours up my sleeve on a Wednesday morning, so thought I would walk down to Abacus on Chapel Street, which has been on my radar since opening late last year.
ATMOSPHERE & SERVICE
Still relatively new, this South Yarra hotspot has been transformed from what was once an old Westpac building, to the stunning industrial style cafe you see today. Walking through the large black glass doors, you are welcomed by a gorgeous setup of rustic Autumn produce.
Concrete floors, ultra high-ceilings and an abundance of greenery fill the bright and airy cafe. Space is not an issue here, with ample seating around the open concept kitchen. Being a corner space, there is plenty of natural light that filters through two sides of the cafe with bi-fold windows.
I popped in after the main morning rush, which meant the service was very attentive from the moment I was seated.
Here you will find all your favourite brekky dishes, using fresh healthy produce. I started with my usual Piccolo, while I had a quick look over the menu before ordering.
As I wasn’t overly hungry, I decided to go with the ‘Bircher Muesli’, served with poached pear, fresh fruits, rhubarb compote and yoghurt. Out came a piping hot black ceramic bowl with all the elements, plus a small cup of milk on the side. Once added to the bowl, the milk instantly heated up, creating an amazing winter dish!
Overall, I absolutely loved the atmosphere and vibe of the space. The decor was welcoming, the service was friendly and attentive, and the food was simple yet fresh and delicious.