An all-day CBD dining hub from the team behind Top Paddock and Higher Ground.
The Mulberry Group made its impact on Melbourne's cafe scene when it opened smash-hit brunch spots including The Kettle Black, Top Paddock and Higher Ground. And now, six months after selling those original venues, the group is at it again with a brand new CBD venture, Liminal.
Unlike the group's previous venues, this one isn't just a cafe — it's also a wine store, events space and marketplace that caters more to a business crowd. It's also located in the foyer of an office building. You'll find it in the T&G Building on the corner of Collins and Russell streets, which was recently refurbished and now houses a heap of new retail and dining spots, including Lune's CBD outpost.
Design studio The Stella Collective has worked wonders on the space, creating a space of comfortable curves, olive-green banquettes and light timber accents to help you forget you're a stone's throw from your desk and emails.
In the kitchen, Executive Chef Martin Webster — who has previously headed up kitchens at Jackalope and Montalto on the Mornington Peninsula — has devised a nice and simple offering of breakfast and lunch fare. The lunchtime lineup of salads and sandwiches is set to revolve around each day's market haul, a rotisserie will be busy turning out hot chickens and porchetta, and a raft of daily specials is sure to tempt local office-bound regulars. We're told there'll be plenty of takeaway options for office workers who don't have time to spare, too.
Meanwhile, a private boardroom offers something a little extra for corporate lunches, product launches and meetings. And, come knock-off time, the Liminal wine store promises yet more fun, showcasing a selection of almost 200 different drops, from largely local small-scale producers. Pick up a bottle on your way home, or settle in for a quick after-work tipple — the bar will be open and pouring until 6pm, Monday to Friday.
Images: Carmen Zammit.