The Kettle Black
50 Albert Rd, South Melbourne VIC 3205, Australia
The interesting and somehow most economical way to get around Melbourne is really to Uber your way around as it will be about the same price as a tram ticket as long as you are travelling in a pair or an even bigger group. A day filled with cafes and restaurants, we could really only do the signatures as we munch our tummy through the day. Kettle Black, with a beautiful and clean facade, felt a little confusing initially as it seems to own both the porch to the right and the main cafe space on the left. Indeed, it is that spacious as I guess land isn’t a scarcity in vast Aussie.
Took the al fresco area as it was a cooling yet not exactly chilly afternoon without the gusts and we each got a hot chocolate for a comfortable outdoor seat (yeah I know, the fact that we could actually get an outdoor seat and sip on that cup of hot chocolate actually felt quite indulging to us as this is almost impossible back in our sunny island). $4. Thick chocolate flavour with the beautiful latte art, we managed to get two different arty prints for both our orders!
Everything on the menu seems to have been made instagrammable; even the simple raw kale salad as a side dish is embellished meticulously with strong vibrant flowers that would definitely whet the appetite. Not knowing why but a small amount of sugar seemed to have been added to the salad. $7.
What else could we have ordered over at the Kettle Black other than their famous Hotcake with Ricotta – Blueberries, pure maple, double cream, seeds and nuts. Widely said to be definitely too much for one, or even 2 people, this is usually shared among a group but both of us managed to polish it clean. Very thick pillowy hotcake there that is made even more wholesome with the pure maple syrup and creamy ricotta while the nuts, strawberries and blueberries managed to add a contrasting yet complementing fruity flavour to it. $20.
Our afternoon tea that is!
Feeling all warm and comfy in my cardigan and hot choc!
Verdict: A good cafe. 3.8/5.