This was the best coffee I’ve ever had in my life.
If our reviews were based on the coffee alone, the Vertue of the Coffee Drink would be the only café worthy of 5/5 rating. I’m begging you on my knees to please go and enjoy a cup of that illustrious black liquid, before the weather turns absolutely feral. The Vertue is completely tucked away in crevasse of some god-forsaken alleyway near Lygon Street. It looks more like a path to a certain death by confrontation with a meth addict, rather than a pleasant dinning experience. The interior can be described as industrial chic fused with a green house. The result? Spectacular. Natural light rushes in and engulfs the place with a saintly glow. How could not be in love with the Vertue already? P.S There’s also a little hidden dining area upstairs for those who want the place to themselves.
Chickpea chips with charred asparagus, preserved cherry tomato & basil salad, shaved parmesan and poached eggs – $18
The poached egg was faultless. Cutting into it immediately followed the oozing of creamy yolk. The sizeable chickpea chips were creamy and were wonderfully complemented by the sweet cherry tomatoes and the pungent shavings of parmesan. The asparagus offered itself as a refreshing palate cleanser, contrasting the stronger elements of the dish. I was at pains when deciding what rating I would give the Virtue. The food was good, the atmosphere was too and you already know how I feel about the coffee. It wasn’t, however, great to the extent that it would garner a perfect score. Sorry.
Eight-hour lamb shoulder, tabouleh, baby broccoli, dukkah, tahini $22
That satisfaction when you bite into meat and it just melts in your mouth. This lamb shoulder was so damn moist. The side elements to this dish was pretty bland, however the saltiness of the lamb balanced this dish out and pulled the dish together. It was quite a Mediterranean maybe even Greek-like dish with the tahini and lamb combo.
Vincent – 4/5
Sandy – 5/5