Food and Drink
Posted by Danae Flanagan
12. Sep, 2013
While it might have just opened, GB Espresso retains links to its past. In a plum St Kilda location, industry veteran Andrea Brook saw the potential to create a new face for old Fitzroy Street haunt, The Grocery Bar. With over 26 years experience, Andrea enlisted Andrew Mitchell of Mr Mitchell and Caramel Creative to create a look that reflects the building’s heritage and the area.
GB Espresso is designed as an open space, encouraging conversation with the knowledgeable team. Check out the digitally printed Brooklyn tins wallpaper from Piet Boon to replicate the typical metal ceilings of Victorian architecture found in St Kilda in that era.
Andrea tells us that creating a menu that utilises seasonal produce while working in a “baked not fried” policy kitchen has been a challenge. Yet this method has spawned innovative dishes like the potato, parsnip and chive cakes oozing Heide Raclette cheese, alongside slow-roasted orange and clove bacon and poached green eggs ($15.9).
For those that are pressed for time, grab the roasted bacon and egg tart ($5.5) or any of the sweet or savory house-made goodies. GB Espresso loves Five Senses Coffee, pressed from their commanding Synesso Hyrdra machine.
With plenty of seating, including a communal reading table, GB Espresso feels like a big warm hug of smart design, hearty food and a communal feel. Nice one.
Shop 2/133-137 Fitzroy Street, St Kilda
7 days 6:30 am till 5:30pm
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