The talented team that brought us Melbourne Short Straw and Collective Espresso has graced us with their third café: Turning Point. A stone’s throw away from Ripponlea station, Turning Point is an all-day diner boasting a brunch and dinner menu that will make you drool.
Breakfast highlights (which are served until 3:30pm, because there’s nothing wrong with eggs in the afternoon) include the vegan and gluten-free Cocoa Pops, served as a banana garden with vegan chocolate mousse, kiwi, seeds, nuts and cocoa soy milk. Brunch-friendly Peaches & Cream (slightly healthier and much more Instagramable) and Truffle Scramble are also on offer.
Lunch and dinner menus feature hints of Asian and South American flavours, from the Southern Fried Chicken burger ft. green chilli slaw, brioche and smoked paprika fries; to the Asado-style beef ribs with picked onions. Order a cocktail (or three) with your dinner, because beef ribs are best enjoyed with your favourite drink.
The Monster Bowl (this is the technical name) is a tripled-soaked milk cake with coconut ice cream, condensed milk, evaporated milk, whipped cream, fairy floss, mini cones and churros. At this rate, we might as well book a table for all 14 hours these guys are open.
The interior features hanging plants, blonde timber and baby grey walls. A neon sign on the far wall reads “meet me here”—you’d be silly to refuse.
Image credit: Griffin Simm