MELBOURNE | Junkyard Cafe is a humble café located further inland than the more popular beach side spots in St Kilda. Taking inspiration from the ‘junkyard’ for which St Kilda is often referred to, the venue is purposely minimalist and laid-back, with a graffiti wall and mismatched furnishings and decor. Paving the way for more small businesses to open up along this strip of Inkerman Street, Junkyard proves that you don’t need beachside views to be a popular café in St Kilda. We were invited to take a look, so headed down to see what it was all about.
Owned by the same people behind Sardi Café, the menu at Junkyard is equally interesting and exciting, so much so that you wouldn’t guess that most of their dishes are gluten free and vegan. Their all day breakfast menu features a healthy and tasty Coconut & Mango Granola, consisting of oats, buckinis, sunflower seeds, dried mango, almonds, coconut flakes, hazelnuts and rice malt syrup, for example, while a vegan mango and coconut pannacotta draws your eyes with its vibrant colour and smooth consistency.
The ‘Eggs Benny’ is a popular menu item for those who eat meat, presenting as ham hock, poached eggs and and broccolini sitting on brioche toast, slathered in an apple cider and chive hollandaise. The deliciously rich ham hock and creamy hollandaise are contrasted by the fresh and crunchy broccolini, delivering a winning dish for any time of the day.
For a lighter option, the Superfood Breakfast Bowl cleanses your insides without compromising on flavour. Kale, sweet potato, asparagus, spiced lentil, chives, parsley, avocado and chia seeds are tossed in a pomegranate dressing, resulting in a generous-sized bowl of textural variation and high quality fresh greens.
Other highlights include the gluten free Matcha Tacos (with southern fried chicken, red pepper aioli, grilled pineapple salsa and feta cheese), super fluffy vegan and gluten free Coconut, Raspberry & Citrus Hotcakes (served with an almond, coconut and black sesame granola toasted in organic coconut oil and rice malt syrup, frozen raspberries and coyo), and the gluten free Peanut & Banana Waffles (finished with peanut butter mousse, grilled banana, berries and salted caramel sauce).
The team’s creativity doesn’t end with the food. On top of the regular hot drinks, they also serve colourful cold smoothies made of a variety of health-conscious and fresh ingredients, as well as the colourful rainbow latte art that has taken off overseas and is only starting to be discovered here in Melbourne. It certainly makes drinking your coffee or hot chocolate more interesting.
Junkyard Cafe is a must visit if you like to try new cafes whose prime focus is on delivering high quality food and drinks. The small space adds to the local feel that this café exudes, offering tough competition for the nearby beachside cafes in the area.
105/33 Inkerman Street
Telephone: (03) 9593 6906
Tue – Fri: 7:30am to 3:00pm
Sat – Sun: 8:00am to 4:00pm