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Opening Hours:
Mon – Fri: 7am-5:30pm

Coffee: St Ali – Sensory Lab blend

Mr LB:
“As a person who studies and works in a city, I have noticed an abundance of space which city building lobbies provide.  Oddly enough there is more under utilised space than an executive suite and I wouldn’t be surprised if people started camping out to dine (comfy seating provided).  Luckily for me, I’m not the only one who is aware of such under utilised space, as The Tuck Shop has set up shop in the lobby of the NAB building.

This cafe is a cute little outfit of soft colours with nursery looking furniture.  There is even a little flower pots on the communal tables growing little cabbages.  The high ceiling is layered with transparent glass of leaf patterns to allow an abundance of natural light.  The cafe is carefully position to block all the city noise, providing an ambiance of relaxation and a non-city feel. While the deco is nice, they serve a decent punch of ‘to go’ food and brilliant coffee.

The coffee beans they source are from “Sensory Lab” which is owned by the coffee heavy hitters of Melbourne, St Ali.  The day before I had a ‘Big Day Out’, and a long black was required to recover – quick smart.  It was served with an inviting dark rich head.  There was a slight sweet flavour with no sign of a bitter aftertaste.  It was a good classic long black that tasted clean and simple.

The breakfast menu is limited, but it was very affordable for a weekday breakfast with the option of ordering on the run.  A healthy dish seemed fitting and I had ordered the Super Bircher (seeded organic oats, almond milk, raw honey, linseeds, sunflower seeds, chai seeds, shredded apple and berries) [$6.50].  The yoghurt was surprisingly light and very silky.  The apple flavour was prominent with the freshly assorted seeds giving a real muesli taste.  However, what really gave the dish a punch was the berry compote.  It provided a sweet taste to the muesli that wasn’t overpowering and actually quite delightful.

Super Bircher (seeded organic oats, almond milk, raw honey, linseeds, sunflower seeds, chai seeds, shredded apple and berries)

It’s worth the visit for a quick breakfast bite, but also having tasted their lunch menu, The Tuck Shop is quickly becoming established for providing serious quality food.”

Miss SL:
“On morning that seemed far too bright and far too early, Mr LB and I thought we would look for a cheap alternative for breakfast in the city. The Tuck Shop is a fairly new establishment which has opened up in the lobby of the NAB building in Melbourne CBD (like they need anymore great places with Earl Canteen, Cafenatics and Movida Terraza / Aqui at their fingertips).

As mentioned in Mr LBs blog, we ordered the Super Bircher because, let’s face it, the description sounds incredibly tempting. We took a seat as we waiting for our St Ali coffee blends to arrive, while enjoying the simplicity of the architecture within The Tuck Shop. It must be a St Ali coffee thing, but The Tuck Shop also provided panela sugar, which is my absolute favourite (so much so that I bought a bag at St Ali).

Panela Sugar

I mentioned in a previous blog about The Pound how fussy I am with yoghurt, so what I’m about to say might surprise you… I loved it! I’m really not a fan of bircher muesli, but the yoghurt used was creamy, smooth and not sweet at all. The linseeds and sunflower seeds added a beautiful crunch to the bircher, adding weight to the meal to fill you up. I also hate berry compote (I see it as a ‘cheap’ way for most cafes to garnish a dish), but in this instance the sweetness of the compote added flavour to the yoghurt, making the dish more exiting to eat. The strips of apple within the bircher were fresh and sweet – you actually taste the flavour of them and feel the slight crunch of it. I’m going to have to say that this is the best bircher muesli I’ve ever had, and it might make me consider trying it more often. Or maybe just ordering it again at The Tuck Shop, at least.”

Final thought: “Quality food for eating on the run”

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