Horace Street | The Verdict

By Emily Hutchinson
28th Jan 2015

A generally quiet strip of High Street Malvern has recently seen a flurry of customers flocking into newly opened café, Horace Street. Located on the corner of Horace and High Street (hence the name), the cafe provides locals with the perfect spot for a caffeine fix and cheerful breakfast and lunch.

Sandra Powell is the owner of this new kid on the block and brings great experience to the table, having previously owned Hawthorn’s Life on Mars. With her sights set on Malvern, the vacant shop front on High street was the perfect spot to get started. On their first day, I strolled down to welcome Malvern’s newest neighbour.

The Horace Street space is open and friendly with a beautiful oak communal table in the front of the café being the most popular spot. Outdoor seating on Horace Street is also available to those wanting to enjoy the outdoor sun. The glass cabinet full of delicious pastries and baked treats is enough to tempt even those just popping in for a latte. Something very unique about Horace Street café is that all the delicious dishes making their way to the tables are made right in the dining area in an open kitchen plan. A small oven and stovetop, along with a screened prep zone, is all the two resident chefs need to produce a lip-smackingly good meal.

And what pray tell are these dishes? For the sweet tooths, there is the toasted banana and raspberry bread – with fresh raspberries, maple syrup and mascarpone cream. Waffles with housemade peanut butter ice cream, chocolate sauce and Persian fairy Floss? Yes please!

My personal favourite is the breakfast slider on a soft toasted brioche bun with house-made relish, bacon and scrambled egg. The frittata with smoked salmon, spinach available and Persian fetta served with a side of toast is also a popular choice. If you can’t stay for the food, the Allpress coffee is a great option as the tapping and hissing of the machine proves it’s made for hard work.

As the area continues to evolve, new Malvern café Horace Street is the latest addition to show Melbourne you don’t need to leave the burbs for a top cup of Joe and hearty meal. 

Horace Street | 1406 High Street in Malvern

Image Credits: Michelle Jarni

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