the premises, kensington

the premises, kensington

if someone were to drop you in the middle of kensington + take off your blindfold, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were in a country-victorian town. with leafy tree lined streets, brown-brick buildings + a 2-street town-centre with small businesses only, this is a cute and quaint suburb. no more so than on a spring sunday a couple of weeks ago, where some establishments still observe a non-trading day. not so for ‘the premises’, a cafe i have wanting to try out for some time now. we were in (or going through) the area, so i insisted that we stop off to check this place out. did i mention that kensington is only 2 train stops from the melbourne cbd, with the premises being right across the road from the train station?! seriously!

the premises, kensington
the premises, kensington
the premises, kensington
the premises, kensington

the premises serves seven seeds coffee, a coffee within my top 3 locally-roasted bean. the baristas are certainly connoisseurs, taking great pride in their pour-over techniques + cold-drip pours. my soy latte was no exception – excellent flavour + consistency.

the premises, kensington

the premises, kensington
the premises, kensington
the premises, kensington
the premises, kensington

the cafe has a lovely homey feel, laid back with tables of various shapes + sizes throughout. it has a 2-sided street front, both with window bars (which i love) + some outdoor dining underneath the trees. it really does feel family-oriented + welcoming. we had a short wait for a bar seat + service from both staff was friendly, even engaging in some brief conversation (how rare is that these days!?)

the menu is exciting with a good mix between lighter sweeter breakfast options all the way through to hearty lunch varieties, and the owners pride themselves on locally sourced products wherever possible.

i decided to go with the
slow-roasted pulled pork with nana kath’s pineapple chutney, red cabbage slaw + a dill pickle.
having recently returned from the usa, i am still “slightly” addicted to burgers + barbeque / pulled anything … thankfully, melbourne’s food trends are appeasing these cravings at the moment! this pulled pork was mouth-wateringly delicious! as was the slaw, which had an absolutely sumptuous dressing. and whoever nana kath is… i want that chutney recipe from her!… a perfect condiment to put with all of these components. my only criticism is that i would’ve loved a couple of thinner pieces of bread to smack all of these amazing ingredients in-between, rather than one big chunky piece which meant i found i mostly ate this with a fork… but make no mistake this dish was still delish!

the premises, kensington
pulled port, the premises

my husband opted for the
bircher muesli with a berry compote coconut yoghurt, honey + almonds.
firstly, at only $10 i was amazed. i’m not sure if it’s just me, but breakfast prices are definitely on the rise in melbourne at the moment + it is rare to find a decent portion size of bircher for sub-$15 these days. the bircher was softly soaked, packed with apples + sultanas. the berry compote was a good mix of tart + sweet, and the coconut yoghurt was creamy + fresh. i would’ve loved to have seen some extra crunch (candied / roasted nuts), but this was still a pretty good bircher.

the premises, kensington
bircher muesli, the premises

verdict: a lovely spot for a relaxed long-lunch
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