Mon – Fri: 6am – 4pm
Sat: 7am – 4pm
Coffee: Proud Mary
“With the summer break just passed, I decided to stay in Melbourne. There was a lot of “me” time with a rather large apartment to myself and activities devised into units – three units cooking, two units reading, four units GTA 5 – you get the picture. What I didn’t bank on was the Regional Rail Link construction around North Melbourne Station to be working on a 24 hour schedule. With my bedroom window over looking the construction site and an industrial flood light illuminating my room at night, sleep was rare. Whinging aside, the upgrade will create better access to the west – the last of the inner city growth corridors. We were lucky enough to be invited by Jack from The C Word to take us on a tour of the key people and businesses that make Footscray a unique gem. Our first stop was Guerilla Espresso.
Guerilla Espresso is located in the Footscray Markets, the home of many Vietnamese fruit and meat stores. On the Irving Street side (adjacent to Footscray Station) a small but very welcoming cafe resides. While it only seats roughly twenty people, Guerilla Espresso still creates a unique vibe. There is limiting inside seating, but it is outside amongst pleasant mobile herb gardens and busy shoppers, the space is a place to chill.
Coffee is by Proud Mary as the standard house and single origin options are also available. The single origin long black [$3.70] was fantastic with a strong, crispy overtone with spurts of stone fruit. The small outfit really works in their favour, enabling total control of the coffee operation and complimenting the coffee with sparkling water shows their commitment to detail.
With a small outfit, it’s expected that the menu options are limited. While the usual items are not an option here – looking at my neighbours dishes – quality is the key. I decided on one of the specials, Freshly Cured Salmon on seeded sourdough with pickles [$12.50].
It was a meal that reminded me that the basic dishes are sometimes the most enjoyable. Whilst its appearance won’t win any awards, the flavours of the freshly cured Salmon with the olive oil soaked seeded sourdough was a delight. The pickles worked extremely well as it added a pleasurable salty texture and after two slices I was satisfied.
It’s not a surprise seeing small operating cafes serving up quality coffee and food. The limited space creates a tight coffee operation and food is focused on quality rather than showiness. Guerilla Espresso has set the perfect environment for a small brunch catch up or just to soak in the weekend content with exceptional coffee.”
“We were invited by The C Word extraordinaire Jack to come check out the culinary offerings of Footscray. After weening out which cafes we’d already been to, we finally settled on starting our day at Guerilla Espresso, located on the outskirts of the Footscray Markets.
The tiny outfit barely had any seating inside and has a couple of tables outdoors, near a fruit and vegetable store. The size of the venue didn’t hinder the quality of the brunch on offer here with options like Hommus w/ avocado, Tabasco & lemon [$12] on offer. My eyes were captivated with the Pork Belly Sliders [$12.50*] and I had to have them. Jack couldn’t help but go for Dr Marty’s organic crumpets [two for $7] with a double espresso.
My espresso was compliments of Proud Mary and burst with flavours from the first sip. Mouthfuls of berries consumed my palate – strawberries and cherries – and the morning had truly begun.
I was quite delighted with my pork belly sliders – the fennel created a sweet sharp flavour that burst through the pork belly, which in itself was magnificently done. Crunchy crackle and a crispy batter created layers of crunchiness within the slider. There was no place to be a princess about eating this dish – it was all hands on deck!
Guerilla Espresso was only our first stop for the day in Footscray, but it was a heck of a way to start our tour. Guerilla Espresso was a magnificent find and must-try for those in the area doing their weekly shop at Footscray Markets.”
Final thought: “Small venue serving beautiful coffee and delicious brunch”