5 & Dime bagel Co., Katherine Place, Melbourne. Phone: 9621 2128
For all that I’ve been living in the west for a decade-plus, an occasional foray into the CBD remains pleasurable – especially when it’s with the primary purpose of having lunch with CTS pal Jacqui, the Urban Ma.
It’s a lovely reminder of a life that was once mine – though I never enjoyed the workplace views that Jacqui does from her 35th floor eyrie!
It’s a lovely, reminder, too, that Melbourne’s CBD is an ever-changing scene of side streets and laneways and small, affordable eateries coming and going.
In this case, jacqui has pinpointed Katherine Place as a suitable location for lunch.
The buildings here are newish, but it appears this little street may be coming to life in an eats sense – there’s an Indian street food place being prepared right next door top our bagel destination.
5 & Dime is a new enterprise that specialises in bagels that are “hand-crafted, boiled and baked using the traditional method”.
The bagels – there are nine varieties available – are terrific; chewy and delicious (see menu below)!
And the prices are very low – this is a beaut place to snag a cheap, sort-of healthy lunch for inhabitants of the CBD as it is towards the Flinders and Spencer end of things.
All the cafe seating is taken, so Jacqui and I quickly and easily arrange an impromptu “catch-up” picnic just outside.
We both order lox with plain cream cheese ($9.50), mine with an onion bagel.
And we share a poppy seed bagel with “green olive and za’atar cream cheese” ($5.50).
The latter is especially yummy and tangy!
See Jacqui’s post here.
Check out the 5 & Dime website here.