Philocoffee Espresso Bar, 162 Albert Road, South Melbourne. Phone: 0476 141 597
They take their coffee seriously at Philocoffee.
Their regular brew is Five Sense – but on the day I visit, they’re taking Seven Seeds out for a run.
My cafe latte is very, very good.
Located facing Albert Park, Philcoffee is surrounded by both offices and many residents.
They do a good job of taking care of both.
Philcoffee is owned and operated by my former Star Weekly colleague, Karen, and her husband, Chee. They have a decade of cafe-running behind them.
Before I get to my coffee, they ply me with food – far more than I can so I can get a handle on what they do here.
The sandwiches and baguettes I sample are regulation for such a business but at Philocoffee they up the ante with flair and admirable freshness.
They include …
… lemon-thyme chicken sandwich …
… Asian pulled pork wrap. So good is the juicy meat that I rather think it would be better off out and about in a salad – just a matter of asking, I’m sure!
… a lovely, crusty baguette stuffed with pesto chicken, cheese and roast capsicum …
… and a salmon bagel with all the usual. This rocks mostly because the bagel is the real deal – soft and chewy.