Grand BBQ and St Ali
236 Bourke St
Melbourne VIC 3000
No listed phone number
12-18 Yarra Pl
South Melbourne VIC 3205
+61 3 9686 2990
Adam and I are kinda broke at the moment so we decided to eat on the cheap today (though we’re expecting 200 odd dollars to come into our ebay fund throughout the week so we can splurge next weekend perhaps). We found ourselves in the city and felt like something soupy so we went to this little shop, Grand BBQ, inside the Target centre on Bourke Street where they serve yong tau foo. Basically, you order whatever type of noodles you want (hokkien, thing egg, vermicelli, rice etc), whatever type of soup (clear, laksa, spicy etc) and you choose 6 “pieces” from the selection they have, from various dumplings to stuffed vegies to beancurds. The place we went to charged $9 per soup but I think the Grand Tofu joint in Glen Waverley charges a little less. Of course if you want more than 6 pieces, they charge you $1.50 for each extra piece you have.
I think I had about two prawn/pork dumplings (fried), one big slab of fried beancurd, a “vegetarian prawn” (which was really a capsicum and a slice of daikon wrapped with beancurd skin) and two mini beancurd rolls with pork inside. It was very tasty and filling, though I reckon that I could find somewhere that does a better job. Does anyone know of any such places in the city that do yong tau foo?
Next stop was to St Ali
, a coffee shop in South Melbourne that is quite popular with Melbourne’s coffee crowd. I’ve only heard good things about the coffee there so I was pretty keen on giving it a try. So too was Adam as he is the biggest coffee freak in my social network. This place is situated on Yarra Place which was basically a dodgy alley with nothing
in it. Adam kept asking me, “Are you SURE it’s here?”
as we walked past shoddy-looking deserted establishments along the cobblestoned alley but he should know better than to question my sense of direction – after all, I am the
Melways queen if I do say so myself
Spending several lazy hours in a cozy warehouse-turned-coffee house with the Sunday papers and some business magazines, plus one of the best-tasting lattes I’ve had in my life = pure bliss.
Apparently St Ali changes their blend each day and today, they just happened to be brewing a Brazilian-something-or-other-blend (Ask Adam, he’s the expert). It was very rich with fruity and nutty undertones that gave it a naturally sweet aftertaste. No sugar required. At only $3 a pop, I can definitely see why this place is a Melbourne institution. Definitely pwns Starf*cks and their piss-weak coffees(sic).