One of the most liked brunch and coffee places in Melbourne is this quirky little cafe in the middle of a near abandoned street. I’ve frequented this place whenever I have a meetup in the city, and am happy to say I’ve always been satisfied with the food, coffee and service. (Minus the waiting time!)
The street yells out ‘funk’ with the colourful ‘street art’ that welcomes you. For anyone who wants to have groove it out, there is a discoball hanging on top of the entry to Manchester Press. On a weekend you’d see a group of people just standing around, and that is the queue for a table at Manchester Press. On a weekday morning, I expected to be able to grab a seat straight away, but there was the slight 15 minutes wait still, as school holidays and good weather meant people were out and about enjoying a midweek brunch.
Even though I was a bit annoyed with the wait, as we sat down at our table, the waiter was so friendly and prompt to take our drinks order, and subsequently a very ‘Hangry (Hungry Angry)’ customer’s breakfast order.
We ordered the blackened tofu with hommus closed bagel ($12) and the bacon and mozarella with apple and tomato chutney ($13). My long macchiato was not disappointing and the flat white my friend had was as superb as it’s always been. I have previously tried the berry bagel with mascarpone, smashed avocado with chilli and lemon bagel and the smoked salmon with capers bagel. They were all so well presented, tasty and filling. The bacon and mozzarella bagel was quite nice, but the blackened tofu was a bit too dry and tough. The bagels were quite nice, with a hint of crisp on the outside and soft in the inside without being too dense. I must admit, for the CBD, Manchester Press does a very satisfying taste, price, ambiance and service. I am so grateful as unlike many popular cafes in Melbourne, the popularity and money hasn’t changed their attitude towards providing a consistently satisfying brunch and coffee joint. Bravo!