Mon – Fri: 7am – 4pm
Sat – Sun: 8am – 4pm
“There are certain parameters that we all must adhere to. One of the most fundamental is what goes up must come down. Being on a high (of any sorts) is pleasurable. Opening a new cafe/restaurant is something I may never experience, but I bet the build up from all the preparations and planning makes for one great high (for the owner at least!). Near the intersection of Williams Road and High Street in Prahran a new cafe has been welcomed to the block – From on High.
The space inside From on High is very pedestrian and limited in terms of seating capacity. However, what they lack in decor they make up in friendly charm. It’s a cafe that makes the extra effort to ensure high hospitality standards are maintained by the friendly service and providing attention when required.
My single origin Long Black [$3.70] was a special blend from Gravity Espresso called, 6° Darker. Miss SL and I were quite surprised by the quality of its somewhat complex flavour of part-fruity (Miss SL noted cherry) and part-dark chocolate finish on the palate.
The menu here is divided into brunch (offered all day) and lunch. The menu contains comfortable options for punters with all brunch dishes well priced (less than $20). I decided on the Pork Belly Omelette, pickled carrots & cucumber with Vietnamese mint and coriander, sticky Asian sauce on sourdough [$15]. The portion size might not satisfy all, but the composition of ingredients used had a strong and well-executed Vietnamese influence. The pork belly went well with the pickled vegetables and egg. The Vietnamese herbs brought a fresh flavour and the sticky Asian sauce was not only being irresistible, but brought the dish together.
Brunch isn’t brunch without sugar and on this occasion I elected the Banana and Passion fruit cupcake [$4]. It was sweet but not too dense and the icing sugar had delicious pops of passion fruit that burst on the palate.
From on High won’t win any awards for being the newest or hippest cafe. What it does achieve is create that local cafe feel that intentionally removes itself from the Chapel Street spotlight. It’s a case of serving good coffee and food with a homely service. For a low-key weekend without the stress, From on High has you covered. ”
“It was 1pm on a Sunday when I strolled into From on High, taking a seat just before the tables started filling up. Parking was simple around the corner on Williams Road, where Monday to Friday clear ways opened up to all day parking on the weekends.
The vibe inside the cafe is relaxed as two international tourists giggle beside me. The baristas are hipster enough without being pretentious and the service here is just plain friendly.
Mr LB is late as always and I ordered a double espresso to start my lazy Sunday. My Gravity coffee arrived within five minutes of ordering, starting off with a short-lived bitterness that was quickly replaced by a mouthful of cherries swirling across my palate, going down smoothly.
When Mr LB arrived we got onto the business of ordering breakfast, and I opted for the light option of Quinoa and puffed rice muesli with peaches and berries, candied walnuts, cinnamon-honey yoghurt and mint [$12]. My meal was beautifully plated and light as I was anticipating. I started off with the yoghurt which seemed less cinnamon-honey and more zesty lemon. The walnuts were beautifully crisp and crunchy and my favourite element on the plate, although I can’t say that they were particularly sweet. The quinoa and rice were refreshing but a little sparing for my liking. Finally, the berries were beautiful and fresh.
Overall I found From on High very relaxing and friendly. There was no push from the staff to leave once we finished our meals as we leisurely chatted and decided on a second round of coffees.”
Final thought: “Homely, local cafe”