Cafes

Giddyup Mule | The Verdict

By Hannah Valmadre - 14 Jul 2015

Giddyup Mule is located in the front of the Art of Cycling building, a cycling-inspired indoor training studio for the actively inclined. It comes as no surprise then that the food and beverages on offer at the Yarraville cafe are perfect for the health conscious, offering Vitamin-packed smoothies, raw sweet treats, and breakfast classics with a conscious health twist.

Giddyup Mule’s co-owners Margareth Croce and Jodie Barnett have created a space that is both spacious yet comforting. It is lovely and open with high ceilings, but also manages to stay warm with a fireplace in one corner and heaters scattered around the building. One wall is all exposed brick, the other is lined with light wood and white tiles, and adorable blue sugar bowls to add a pop of colour. Wooden boxes hanging from the walls and on counter tops filled with greenery and native flowers soften the industrial edge, making this little spot off the beaten track feel that extra bit special.

Giddyup Mule is keen to stand out from the crowd, which is evident in the details. They are the only cafe in Melbourne’s West to use Axil Coffee beans and they also have two Kombucha taps. The trending fermented tea drink is currently available in two flavours—spiced orange, and ginger and turmeric. Both are refreshing and zesty, and we can imagine would be a dream thirst quencher after a spin on the Wattbike next door. For something to sip on that’s slightly more filling, the Shakty Green Smoothie is the way to go, with kale, shakti super blend, pear, pineapple, organic coconut water and activated nuts. Health in a glass.

The menu here was created between Croce and Barnett with the assistance of resident chef, Tim Levens. While the fare is undeniably healthy, the breakfast offerings are also imaginative and packed full of flavour. The Bircher Muesli is a rainbow of colour, made with organic coconut water, pears poached in blueberry and acai, acai and berry co-yo, deliciously tangy fresh fruits such as kiwi, strawberry and passionfruit, and sprinkled with goji berries and activated almonds. Seriously, your body will high-five you after you consume all of that goodness.

As we mentioned, the Giddiup Mule crew like to experiment with the classics, adding wilted kale to their Eggs Benedict. Their Avocado Smash is similarly playful, with a soft-boiled egg mixed through the avocado, giving it an even smoother texture. It also comes with feta, smoked tomato, watercress salad and kombucha vinaigrette. If we have to recommend one item above the others though, it would have to be the Pulled Pork Cigar, with a carabi apple walnut salad and smoky barbeque sauce. The meat inside the cigar is juicy and falling apart, and the apple salad instantly refreshes you so you can go back for more. If you’re looking for a Melbourne cafe that offers a good feed, relaxed atmosphere and has your health interests at heart, get on your bike and ride down to Giddyup Mule.

Image Credits: Justin Mclean for The Urban List

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