For Melburnians the word addict isn't too far removed from how we feel about our morning coffee and side of bacon. So it makes sense in our caffeine-filled brains that the newest cafe in Fitzroy would call themselves Addict Food & Coffee. They're just speaking the truth, right? Ain't nothing wrong with that.
But word on the street is their name isn't talking about us, it's talking about them — and by them, we mean partners Greg Brassil and Joe Ventura. After two years of searching, they found a perfect location for their new venture, on the corner of Johnston and Gore Streets in Fitzroy.
Apart from a killer name and a good location, what do these guys have going for them? Well two ex-St Ali chefs — Mark Boyd and Steve Hogan — for one, and a focus on coffee that includes Padre beans for filter and espresso, as well as a few rotating grinds. Seems like a recipe for goodness in our books.
When it comes to the food, a crowd favourite is the potato hash and mushroom duxelles with roasted field mushrooms, a poached egg and caramelised onions, plated up like a fine dining entree ($17). Other dishes see the corn fritters fried crisp and served with kasundi, haloumi (thank the lord), poached eggs, and a salad of coriander and mizuna ($17).
For something on the sweeter and lighter side, the fruit bread with apricot, almond, and pistachio butter is a good place to start, while the porridge is served with bananas, walnuts and butterscotch sauce. Thank us later.
Your coffee addiction won't be judged here. We promise.