710 High St,
Mon – Fri: 7am – 3:15pm
Sat: 7:30am – 3:15pm
Coffee: 5th AVE house blend/ Project Andes
“Street Talk Espresso has been around since 2009, but it’s one of many cafes to make its mark on Armadale’s cafe scene.It is a much loved brunch scene among locals and visitors, and yet, it’s increasingly becoming a crowded one. With the likes of Mammoth, 8 Days Cafe, Coin Laundry and Gardner and Field, delivering a unique experience is no longer just about acquiring good coffee beans, a decent chef and having a good Instagram account. While Street Talk Espresso may conjurer-up references of Sam Newman’s AFL The Footy Show segment, this operation is less on puns and more on brunch.
Located on the busy corner of High Street and Orrong Road, Street Talk Espresso is headed up by Dean Fourtzis who aims to offer a relaxing setting for brunchers. Taking over a generic strip-shop cafe layout (of barrista station and kitchen at the front with additional seating out the back), Street Talk Espresso has carefully added a subtle touch of grit and artistic love. They have this terrific mural of one of the ‘Bondi Hipsters’ pouring frothed milk into a coffee as he stands next to the iconic Synesso machine; quaintly summing up the life of a modern day hipster. The cafe also recently teamed up with a local artist & graphic designer, Shannon Hansen, to create an eye catching and bright mural that lives in the back space.
Outsourcing is kept to a minimum, with coffee roasted by Street Talk Espresso under the brand of 5th AVE house blend. The flavours of their coffee in a long black [$3.80] was quite robust and strong with a lovely heavy/tan coffee head as it arrived. While initially having a hint of bitterness, the coffee developed as it settled with a slight citrus profile present on the back of the palate. Street Talk Espresso also produces their own Almond Milk, which was quite rich, creamy and had a well defined almond texture. JoJo consider this to be her best almond milk latte in Melbourne!
Being a recent sucker for Bruschetta, I selected the Breakfast Bruschetta – Tomato medley, fresh basil, avocado, goats chevre, grilled bacon, poached egg + pepitas [$17]. Whereas JoJo went for her current favourite that offered a winning combination – The Godfather of Eggs – Chili & herb scrambled eggs, 12 hour braised lamb served w/ a fresh feta, rocket & mint salad [$18].
While looking a bit like smashed avo with a lot of sides, the Breakfast Bruschetta offered a refreshing and light brunch with a hint of Italian. All ingredients were fresh and delightful, with special mention to the super crispy grilled bacon that was superb when combined with the goats chevre and avocado. The fresh basil reminded me of Italian cuisine and the tomatoes burst with flavour; whilst it wasn’t a true depiction of Bruschetta all the ingredients come together nicely.
With JoJo’s dish, the lamb and egg just worked. Whether its the combination of a strong, stringy meaty texture combined with the gooeyness of the egg, Street Talk Espresso proves its a winning combination. JoJo’s obsession with chilli scrambled eggs was rewarded with this stunning winter dish. It was well plated on a flat serving plate and the scrambled eggs were soft and moist. The meat had a lovely, natural salty taste. It was garnished with fresh chilli and rocket and I have to admit, this dish was by far the winner out of the two.
To be honest, I came here mostly for the art and wasn’t expecting the food and coffee to be this good. Street Talk Espresso might be overshadowed by other cafes, but my word do they push their own comfort zone in delivering a unique food experience. They offer an easy-going environment that is dog friendly and have a large space to work with, making it easier to get a table. It’s a great place to have a lazy yet great weekend brunch.
Final Thought: Scrambled chilli eggs and lamb – yes please!