Krimper is an odd name for a cafe. It immediately conjures images of bad '90s hairstyles and large crimping tools. However, nothing about this venue is outdated. Delve down Guildford Lane, just off Queen Street, and you may think you're lost. Look for the small pink sign among the mess — you've found it.
As you walk in, you'll be hit with the somewhat familiar warehouse vibe of the Melbourne laneway cafe scene. This gem, however, is complete with Macklemore singing 'Thrift Shop' on the speakers, bike racks for your portable transportation and a cute little bar down the back.
Krimper derives its name from its history. Once a sawmill, the warehouse was more recently the workshop of 20th-century furniture maker Schulim Krimper. After deliberating on what to do with the space, owner and architect Mun Soon felt it was only fitting to turn it into a cafe. Now, ready and open for business, Proud Mary coffee is on the machines and Matthew Sinclair is behind the stove.
When it comes to the menu, there is a nice deviance from the expected Melbourne brunch menu. For something sweet try the organic soy and brown rice pudding with agave syrup and fresh fruit ($7.50) or the orange blossom spelt waffles with blueberries, banana, ricotta and maple syrup ($14). For those hankering for savoury try the silver beet and saffron potato omelette served with toast ($14.50), or, if they are on the specials board, go for the corn fritters with gravalax salmon, cream cheese and poached eggs ($18).
Lunch regulars include crab and avocado salad with coriander and toasted flatbread ($22) and the New York pastrami sandwich with sauerkraut and mustard on rye ($12).
When the afternoon hits and coffee just isn't hitting the spot anymore, Krimper also serve up wine and beer from their small drinks list and are open until 9pm Friday nights for after-work drinks. We'll meet you in the laneway.